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About to do the torsion bar crank....

I've been doing a lot of research on this here on the site and before I do it, is there anything I need to know that I might be missing? Mark the bolts, crank them, measure for the correct amount of lift, get the front end aligned. I'm sure I'm missing something in there.....oh, don't let the truck fall on me...
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thats all you need
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It's a little easier if you lift jack the truck up a hair before doing it.
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lol i planned on breaking out the jackstands for the occasion.
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PB blaster
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Depending on how tight the bolts are some propane or MAPP gas would work nicely. Also unless you crank the bars a lot (2" or so) I don't think a alignment should be needed.
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Do you guys recommend a specific number of turns on the bolts? I'm looking to level off the front end for the most part. 2 or maybe 2 1/2 turns on each one?
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what type bars do you have? some take more turns than the others I've got "FFKK" - (soft torsion bars and reg. gas shocks in the rear)
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um...no idea? lol
It's an 01. I have to admit, I didn't know there was a difference.
ignorance is bliss....i guess.

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Look on your inside door sticker and post the suspension code
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Most likely a B if its a 4.0L...


Here some things ONLY USE A 6 POINT SOCKET NEVER a 12...

PB blaster or equivalent really doesnt help its the Locktite that causing it to turn hard, a 10" or so ratchet you will be good just Tuff to turn...

You dont have to jack up the wheels to do it but you can really isnt tons difference...

First do 2 Turns and let it sit and drive for a few days.. mine went from just 1/2" when i first did it to 1.5" after a few days they need to settle..

you can start so the socket your looking at the Number then as you go round you can count it.. many ways mark the bolt
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Most likely a B if its a 4.0L...


Here some things ONLY USE A 6 POINT SOCKET NEVER a 12...

PB blaster or equivalent really doesnt help its the Locktite that causing it to turn hard, a 10" or so ratchet you will be good just Tuff to turn...

You dont have to jack up the wheels to do it but you can really isnt tons difference...

First do 2 Turns and let it sit and drive for a few days.. mine went from just 1/2" when i first did it to 1.5" after a few days they need to settle..

you can start so the socket your looking at the Number then as you go round you can count it.. many ways mark the bolt
Good stuff stone. I appreciate all the feedback guys. That was my next question regarding if jacking up the truck was really necessary. My alignment is scheduled for Monday, so maybe I'll do the cranking tonight after work. If I don't really need to jack it up, it shouldn't take too long.
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no there is no need to jack it i did mine sitting on the garage floor just fine..
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Yeah you can do it on the floor, I did mine in a parking lot lol
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LOL nice. how many turns did you do Trent?
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Ok, cranked em twice on each side....arms burn lol. I'm gonna take it for a ride after dinner and then we'll see.
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Most likely a B if its a 4.0L...


First do 2 Turns and let it sit and drive for a few days.. mine went from just 1/2" when i first did it to 1.5" after a few days they need to settle..
Good thing i saw this, i wouldn't have known to let it settle. im going to be doing mine along with my AAL soon.
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ya i was surprised at how much they went up after a few days
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so how important is the alignment really????
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Just go get it checked, should be free.
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So I have a question. I'll jack it up, but do you turn both bolts the same amount of turns, or turn each until both wheels are sitting at the same height?
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And do #1 bars normally require more turns or less turns than a softer bar?
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I turned mine 3 turns, drove it a few miles and so far, it looks great. We'll see how it looks in the next few days. It probably won't go out again until Monday, so I'm hoping the suspension will settle without moving.

I'll probably try to take it for another ride tomorrow. My road isn't in city limits, so its pretty rough this time of year. Hopefully that will help to get it to settle a little.
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