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torsion bar bolt removal

so im gonna be installing a 4" superlift on my truck and it says in the instructions that u need a torsion bar preload tool to remove the bolt.....? is this really necessary or is there some other way around it?
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You just need the C clamp looking tool to hold the bar in place while you take the bolt out. I would rent it.

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will just a c clamp work if not where can i rent the tool i used to work a ADP and i never noticed one for rent there
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ive took them out other ways but im not going to say cause it is dangures.. just rent the tool
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No a C clamp is not strong strong enough. It will break.
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ok where can i rent one then?
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You need no special tools....At bare minimum, do the following:

Unbolt torsion bar 'skid plate cover'
Unbolt the torsion adjustment bolt
Unbolt upper ball joint(keep a jack under the Lower control arm).
Unbolt sway bar end link.
Unbolt upper shock mount.
Unbolt the CV shafts from the hubs.

Then lower the control arm. This will give you enough downward angle of the lower control arm in order to remove the 'keeper block' that keeps the torsion key in it's place. It also has the threads for the adjustment bolt. Slide that block out, lower the key down, then slide the Tbar out of the LCA.
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oh 10 4 thank u.....i gotta do all that anyway to put the new steering knuckle in
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You can use a bottle jack too. Although, to be safe, you should use the special preload tool.
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most auto parts stores have the tools for rent, and the rent is usually (here atleast) free for 2 weeks, if you buy the parts from them
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I used a C-clamp, but it did bend. not recommended, but if its all you got, it works!
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