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3" Leveling kit

I just ordered this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/RANGE...ht_2563wt_1221

Only $50!! Truxxx sells the same thing for $227!!???!?!?!
But anyways Are these easy or hard to install? I don't need to bring it somewhere to have it installed right? Also they same place sells a rear shackle lift 2", is that a good idea or add a leaf better? Are they also easy to install or difficult? I decided on getting the levling kit instead of cranking my tbars because then you have to get a camber kit (i was told) when you get it alligned. Will I need an allignment when I install the leveling kit?
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ITS JUNK, you just wasted 50 dollars. You can crank your bars stock and get that same thing the keys will do. You'll still need the alignment and camber kit with those keys
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It says on here no camber kit needed at the bottom:

http://www.truxxx.com/instructions/1...structions.pdf
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It depends on how much you crank them I think. I've never heard a good thing about the keys, there is a reason that very few people on here run them.
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Can you still crank the tbars with the torsion keys installed, to get like 5" in front?
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Yes but it will over index your control arms/ball joints and give you a terrible ride and you'll go through ball joints insanely fast. But hey its your money
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Ok no I'll take your advice I just called and canceled my order, Ill just crank the tbars when I get some money for an alignment I think I have #1 bars it says SPR: 1k
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If you want some more information just do a search on leveling kit/torsion keys, etc. Theres been a lot of guys that bought them and took them off for those reasons.
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ya...you got #1's.
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I was just leaning towards the keys because It's a 3" lift, and I was going to do either shackles or addaleaf in the rear, and the tbars only give me 1.5 - 2" from what I have read.
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Good choice returning them. I would absolutely do a body lift before putting crap like that on the truck. My F150 has longer control arms and CV axles that sit about flat from the factory, and I wouldn't even go 3" on it. The keys are a waste of money.
Don't crank the bars too far. Measure the wheel to wheel well distance on the ground, then lift the truck off the ground via the frame and re-measure. The difference will tell you how much down travel or droop you have from ride height. (probably 2-3").
The higher you raise is, the less downtravel you have, the worse it rides.
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Oh so thats how they work, that kind of sucks so ride will be much stiffer...
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pay me $50 and i'll tell you how to waste $50
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pay me $50 and i'll tell you how to waste $50
Now thats a bargain!
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and just so you know if you were going to use the torsion keys you do have to have a special tool to install them or your torsion bars would lose all there preload
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Oh so thats how they work, that kind of sucks so ride will be much stiffer...
You are having a tough time modding your truck. First you tinted your windows and didnt like it now you ordered those and returned them.
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You are having a tough time modding your truck. First you tinted your windows and didnt like it now you ordered those and returned them.
lol, im new to ford trucks, I had 2 vw golfs, a celica, and a jeep wrangler that was completely different as far as lifting and suspension, I did a budget boost on it that was putting 2.25" spacers under all 4 coils and longer suspension, I dont understand the whole torsion bar thing how the rangers suspension works, I dont understand how leaf springs work. I dont have money anymore since im back in school, and in the future I will have money for a bl but deffintly not suspension. My buddy told me to do a leveling kit in the front and shackles in the rear for a cheap lift, thats why I jumped on the torsion keys, and I was going to get the shackels until you guys said not to get the torsion keys. So I am back at the beginning and debating wether or not to crank the tbars since I have been reading that it causes wear on your joints and they're a pain and kind of expensive to change. And I ended up bringing my truck to a tint shop, got 20% all around looks good they charged me $150, I will post pics when I get around to taking them.
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You are having a tough time modding your truck. First you tinted your windows and didnt like it now you ordered those and returned them.
That was a nice little run of douche beggary.

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That was a nice little run of douche beggary.

HUH?
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And how do you know if your ball joints are going bad what are the symptoms?
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That was a nice little run of douche beggary.


ya... what? lol
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And how do you know if your ball joints are going bad what are the symptoms?
I dont know what the symptoms. But if it was me I would crank them some. Not max them. They are made so they could be cranked but it will wear them faster. Alot of people on here have them cranked or maxed. I think you are thinking that they will wear pretty quick. But it takes a while. I did like 4 turns on mine.
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rides like crap... alignment goes to hell.... possibly snapping a balljoint.... am i missing any?
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rides like crap... alignment goes to hell.... possibly snapping a balljoint.... am i missing any?
So then maybe just wait until I have money and time for a bl? Does anyone have a pic of a bl without a tbar crank? And maybe even with stock tires if possible?
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If you jack up the front tires off the ground, give them a wiggle up and down. If there is play in them, it can be your wheel bearings, or ball joints. Side to side, and its your tie rods.

Or if your not sure, get someone else to look at them, you don't want to leave it until they snap. Can take out other things, as well as it could cause an accident
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