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Does anyone know if les schwab can crank torsion bars? Thanks
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You can crank torsion bars
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ik my dad wont let me though
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Did you tell your dad it's super easy and free?

Plus there's tons of threads explaining exactly how to do it
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yea i told him everything. and i know about the threads and have read them. he thinks that i dont know what im doing since im 16
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Sounds like my dad when I was that age. Sucks to be young

I don't know if a shop will crank them for you. I bet they would, then you could get an alignment.

I've never heard of Les Schwab though
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yea i told him everything. and i know about the threads and have read them. he thinks that i dont know what im doing since im 16
What better way to learn than to do it yourself. Would he let you do if he was supervising? Heck when I was 16 I pulled my first engine.... by myself
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Just do it while he's not looking. When he's off at work one day jack your truck up in the front and crank the tbars, then set it doin and he'll never know you did it.
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Does anyone know if les schwab can crank torsion bars? Thanks
this is probably a stupid question but are you from around FL. i think we ahve a Les Schwab around here
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What better way to learn than to do it yourself. Would he let you do if he was supervising? Heck when I was 16 I pulled my first engine.... by myself
no he says the way that the forums says to do it is incredibly stupid. he says that the whole truck has to be on jack stands or its unsafe to go under it. and he says that this will turn into a pain in his ***.
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Haha, no offense, but I think your dad is dumb. Is he mechanically inclined at all?
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Haha, no offense, but I think your dad is dumb. Is he mechanically inclined at all?
the reason he is skeptical is because he is a structural analysis engineer that works for boeing and has seen the result of an air plain coming off jack stands
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the reason he is skeptical is because he is a structural analysis engineer that works for boeing and has seen the result of an air plain coming off jack stands
Little bit different situation. Experience helps. I think if we were in danger of being crushed by our trucks just to get 2 inches of lift. No one would attempt this.

Put the E brake on, put the front on jackstands, you're good to go
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Little bit different situation. Experience helps. I think if we were in danger of being crushed by our trucks just to get 2 inches of lift. No one would attempt this.

Put the E brake on, put the front on jackstands, you're good to go
he says that if you can rock the truck while is on jack stands then its not safe to be under
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Then don't rock it. You're turning two bolts underneath, you have no reason to rock the truck

My truck didn't budge when I cranked my tbars
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he says it wont be safe. hes a pain in the *** lol
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Well from what ive learned in the past what dady dont know wont hurt him. i put a full suspension lift on my 2wd ranger while my parents where out of town. after begging for permission from him the entire time he always would say no. I jumped out their the second they went out of town got my tires rims i had hidden at a friends house and did it on a weekend. When he came back he was enraged of course . In the end he was more proud that i did it myself and did it right the first time . He also ended up helping me find a good place to get my truck geared also a few months later. So you never know how itl end up and trust me torsion bars are alot less noticeable than 6in of lift...

I wish you luck dont do anything stupid. e brake on support the truck with jackstands in the front on the frame. Dont let anyone inside of the vehicle while your working on it so their wont be any rocking.. get a wrench and crank them up to where you want them.
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just grab the tools you need,get 2 jacks and go to a parking lot or freinds house and do it
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^^ditto^^
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he says that if you can rock the truck while is on jack stands then its not safe to be under
That's called common sense...
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That's called common sense...
i mean from side to side. he said that if its only on two then the truck will be rockable
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It's also sitting on two other wheels for god's sake
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Your biggest problem with this is your dad is an ENGINEER!!!!! All engineers are pain in the asses. They all think if it works on paper it's alwaysgotta work in real life. WRONG!!! As a mechanic I see stupid engineering every day.


Trust the people who know how to do it properly and safely. Almost every person on this forum with a torsion bar front end has played with their torsion bars at some point. Its not rocket science
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i mean from side to side. he said that if its only on two then the truck will be rockable
He is right in the sense that the body will rock a little bit. But c'mon you can 'rock' the truck with it sitting on all four tires. If you put a jackstand under the frame on each side up front, the truck will be just as solid as if it were on all fours.
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He is right in the sense that the body will rock a little bit. But c'mon you can 'rock' the truck with it sitting on all four tires. If you put a jackstand under the frame on each side up front, the truck will be just as solid as if it were on all fours.
If the jackstands are mounted under the frame on the front end it should not rock
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