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to crank or not??

Ok I have been reading alot and rarely ever post but I have been thinking for awhile now to crank my T bars to get somewhat of a lift.. but I would like to know the pro's and cons about cranking the bars..would it be worth it or not..what would you do???? I plan down the line to get a body lift but that wont be for a few months..I would like to run about 32" tires possibly 33's max... Im running 255's now and I would like bigger..thanks for the help
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my t bars have been cranked for about 2 years (2 inches) and nothing has happened yet, with the exception of a stiffer ride. i run 265's (32's) i'll probably go to 285's when the time comes.
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my charger has t bars
i went the other way and nothing happen exception front got lower
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i have 265's on my truck with no crank
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Mine have been cranked for about 2 years, I've had no problems at all.
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Get the 33's. They will fit with the T-bars at max with no scrubbing in normal driving conditions. That way you'll have a big enough tire when you get your body lift.
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i have had my t-bars cranked since i got the truck in 04, plus i got spindle lift and 35's for bout a year..with alot of offroadin.. almost every weekend.. and im just now havin to replace my balljoints.. and do a alginment.. and just check for wear n tear.. if ur 4x4.. watch that angle of ur cv's.. they will wear out quicker...but it's sumthin ur gunna have to replace sooner or later pending how long u got the truck
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I thank everyone for the replys..Im still up in the air and not sure what I want..anyone has before and after pics from the side they want to share?? maybe if I see the difference that would sway my decision..I do use my 4x4 alot during the winter and when I go off the road to hunt..Im starting to like the idea's of the 33's..now I need to decide what size rims I want..I know Im gonna go with 15's but how wide..I guess I want that wider stance
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CRANK IT!! CRANK IT!!

actually i am going to do this next week.
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Crank 'em up and if you dont like it then crank them back down. With 33's you should get 15x10's
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well when u crank the bars, you take less give out of the bars, so when u hit bumps they dont move as much, hence a stiffer ride, on the flipside, this could cause them to fatigue sooner and break faster than spec'd by ford. the OTHER thing, is once u cracnk em, u gotta get an allignment done, now, i have had to beaten into my head by my dad and his best friend - whos a super mechanic - whos now dead, that getting an alignment altering the factory settings is bad news, and its never the same afterwards.
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A little crank is ok. A lot of crank leads to a rough ride. I cranked mine all the way and drove it like that for about a year. For off-road use you have to decide on clearing taller tires and maybe not getting stuck vs a hard bouncy ride.
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take a impact gun and a 13mm socket and bottom the bolts out on both sides.
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Crank 'em up and if you dont like it then crank them back down. With 33's you should get 15x10's
holy jesus no.. 15x10 an 33x12.5 are good when you have a lift IE superlift or body... not on a stock truck with just t-bars maxed..

no more then like 3.75BS on a 15x8 with 33x12.5 with t-bar max then a decent amount of trimming if you have fender flares...

IMO if you arnt going to lift it IE superlift body or anything else just T-bar... give it a good crank like 1-3 turn some 15x8 between 3.75-3.25BS and some 32x11.5x15 your truck will look alot better and you wont have massive rubbing issues

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take a impact gun and a 13mm socket and bottom the bolts out on both sides.
LOL dont listen to this... sounds like Mark is in a grumpy mood. you want to crank both of them evenly being one side is always in more then the other...
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well when u crank the bars, you take less give out of the bars, so when u hit bumps they dont move as much, hence a stiffer ride, on the flipside, this could cause them to fatigue sooner and break faster than spec'd by ford. the OTHER thing, is once u cracnk em, u gotta get an allignment done, now, i have had to beaten into my head by my dad and his best friend - whos a super mechanic - whos now dead, that getting an alignment altering the factory settings is bad news, and its never the same afterwards.
its not give. on listen in essense what you are doing is changing the static ride height of the truck when you crank you are preloading the bar more which in turn moves the truck upward, thus causing the suspension to not travel the same think of it like this from the factory its adjusted to 3" up and 3" down movement, after say cranking the bars and getting 2" lift, you now have 1" up travel and 5" down travel. now #'s where just pulled out of my *** to explain so dont think that part is correct but thats just so you get the idea.. so when you hit a bump the supension doesnt want to move upward like it used too...
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i figure i'll just conform to the idioitic ways of RF from now on insted of giving my expert advice on the proper way to do things zach.

first this guy should have done a search, this topic has been beat to death!

second i only come here anymore for entertainment perposes.
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doing a search i highly think he should have but people dont want to do that anymore it seems
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heres mine heres with crank and body lift My personal opinion is the body lift and cranked bars look much better than stock.

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All I got was red x's.

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LOL dont listen to this... sounds like Mark is in a grumpy mood. you want to crank both of them evenly being one side is always in more then the other...
just going by what someone else on this site told me how to do it.

not grumpy at all
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thanks all for the info and yes i had done a search and got some info but like everything else sometimes its better to get some body else fresh input since they might have not posted on previous threads and they might have learn something in the process they wanted to share..thanks again and BBBB51..thats exactly what I want to do my truck..thanks for the pic
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