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Old 07-06-2009
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Lowered my FX4 a little.

I know the title will bring the hate, but my torsion bars are frigged and my front end sits low.



So, the only option for me to freely level it was remove the rear block, resulting in this. Perfectly level 33" in the middle of all four wheel wells


And after a quick GIMPing (I'm too cheap for Photoshop...) it looks like this.



It currently sits as it looks in picture two, and looks goofy. Its either going to look like picture 1 again soon, or picture 3 in a while. What do you think?

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Looks better

Get some new t-bars and raise the back end back up
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get some #1 bars and raise the rear back up with an AAL instead
then throw those wheels and tires on there and it will be one sexy truck
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looks ok.. but was just bout to say.. just get some new t-bars n she'll as good as new
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Looks better

Get some new t-bars and raise the back end back up
I was going to, but I'm really digging the last pic. The truck has been wrecked in front end before I got it (my profile picture) and I'm not certain the problem is the torsion bars. The driver side bolt is maxed right now, but the passenger bolt sits below the cover. I need to find a used driver side #1 bar and see if it makes any difference before I buy new bars.
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the driverside bolt is shorter than the passenger side from the factory so get a diff pair of bars and see first
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i liked it better before
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Looks good man! I like it.
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Looks good man! I like it.
It was your truck that inspired me to yank the blocks, instead of the generic "its a 4x4, lift it."
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Replace the t-bars and max them out then BL the truck and toss some 33's on there.
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Looks good leveled out. Those rims would look killer on there!!
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i like it, it looks good
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I dont get it but I am a lifted 2wd so.....
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I dont get it but I am a lifted 2wd so.....
The truck will still go anywhere a stock truck will. Same ground clearance (in the rear anyway), and the stock size tires still tuck without rubbing. It will do anything I will need to to.
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It was your truck that inspired me to yank the blocks, instead of the generic "its a 4x4, lift it."
Glad to hear it.

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I dont get it but I am a lifted 2wd so.....
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The truck will still go anywhere a stock truck will. Same ground clearance (in the rear anyway), and the stock size tires still tuck without rubbing. It will do anything I will need to to.
Exactly. Couldn't have said it better myself. The only reason I have 4wd is that I wanted it for MN Winters. 2wd blows *** on ice and snow, especially a 2wd light truck.

Not every 4wd is meant to be a offroad machine.
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Not every 4wd is meant to be a offroad machine.
For real. Not everyone needs a huge truck. I like the look of lifted trucks, but they aren't for me. I considered lifting, but I can't justify losing power and gas mileage from big tires just for show. Stock height (or slightly lower) is high enough for me.
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Should slam it down with some keys out of the 08+ trucks. Then you'll be low
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^^YEAHHHH!!!! You'll lose about 1.5" up front!!

DisturbedESV has a set that she'd sell to ya!
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I'm at stock 08 height now, maxed. I could probably go as low as the suspension would allow on these keys, but I don't think I want to go much lower.
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holy crap...is that your ride height? maxed out bars and still that low? holy crapola...talk about sagging bars.
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holy crap...is that your ride height? maxed out bars and still that low? holy crapola...talk about sagging bars.
Yea... my front end is ****ed... its got a turn or 2 left, maybe .25", but it was aligned at this height, and i don't wanna pay for an alignment to get less than .5".
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I flipped my shackles to make it level. I didn't like it, I felt like it was sagging everywhere I went, and any weight makes it sag even more on the rear, I ended up switching it back. I like the rake better.
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I flipped my shackles to make it level. I didn't like it, I felt like it was sagging everywhere I went, and any weight makes it sag even more on the rear, I ended up switching it back. I like the rake better.
It had noticeable sag with a couple 50lb bags of feed in the rear of the bed, not really noticeable with the bags in the front. Doesn't bother me enough to put a block back in.
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hope u like it. not much into it. but ur truck. anyway on the bright side..it does look good leveled
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So, the only option for me to freely level it was remove the rear block, resulting in this.
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What do you think?
If you pulled the blocks, you should be running shorter rear shocks. This is true anywhere but especially if you drive off road and/or carry cargo. As it is now modified, your shocks and their upper and lower mounts have become the jounce bump stops for the rear suspension. Those parts are designed to damp the spring motion, not support the impact force of bottoming suspension.
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