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I know about trucks, but when it comes to after market add-ons to your suspension I don't know much. I'll confess.

I ain't afraid to admit I don't know something.
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Torsion bars are fine for a truck that is not going to be wheeled, or modded to death.
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judging by your sig you can't do a spindle lift. spindle lifts are only for 2wds

Excuse my ignorant question before using the search button, but what's the route for lifting the front of a 4x4 if you cant use spindles?
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Torsion bars are fine for a truck that is not going to be wheeled, or modded to death.
so mine is perfect for a daily driver with light wheeling every now and then...I wouldn't mind getting some stiffer/stronger bars, #F bars suck...
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Excuse my ignorant question before using the search button, but what's the route for lifting the front of a 4x4 if you cant use spindles?
RCD/Superlift.. theres a bunch of things you can do.
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D., what other things could I do?
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forumla 1 uses torsion bars...

don't forget that you don't get a progressive spring rate with a torsion bar as you would with a c/o. so depending on your application that may be a benefit or a disadvantage.

lightweight is also a benefit that I don't think i saw mentioned either.
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The main thing I don't like about torsion bars is; they hang down too far and reduce ground clearance. Other than that I have no objection to them. I run about a 1.5" lift with them and have had it that way for over 80,000 miles. Many of those miles were off-road. I have not seen any wear problems on anything.

It was stated earlier that cranking the torsion bars up or down, increases or decreases the load on the torsion bar. That is not exactly true. Cranking the torsion bar up can cause it to be stressed more when flexed because it now can be flexed to a greater rotational angle before the suspension hits the stops. Under normal driving conditions torsion bars are not carrying any higher load when cracked up. In fact, they are probably carrying less load because raising the front will cause a slight shift in weight to the rear.

Cranking torsion bars to the extreme can cause problems if the geometry of the suspension and drive axles are beyond the limit of the design. That is why I only cranked them up 1.5". That kept the suspension at the maximum of the tolerance of the new ride height specifications by Ford.
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Torsion bars suck! I wish my truck had a solid front axle. Maybe in the future.:)
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