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i didnt want to post this but i just couldnt find it....its about torsion bars. i bought my truck about a month ago and it looks pretty high. how do i know if the torsion bars have already been cranked? i looked at therangerstation link and that didnt do crap for me. i dont really know what im looking for. a bolt....front end....i think i am just overlooking it or somethin. can someone help me out?
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show us a side pic of it..really no way to tell if its ever been done unless its really obvose
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ok ill try to get a pic. not real sure what im takin a picture of...thats the problem. lmao
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from your profile pic it doesnt appear so, but that also a quartering shot so its a tough call there too...and from what i can see your lower control arms look level from your head on pic....im going to gues that no they havnt been cranked
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side view help any?
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Oh snap...that looks really level....do you have a front view of the the LCA's?
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lca's?? i dont know much about front end suspension
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thanks dude....i dont know what exactly im lookin at under there so.....can i get an idea? if you want to look at some pics i took then go here...

http://edge.shadowfiles.net/gallery/v/01RE/?g2_page=2

not sure if it will help. i need to figure this out.
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it looks like they have already been cranked to me
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thats what i thought. several other people seem to think that too....but i want some help knowing whats under there. gotta learn sometime right? so any help is greatly appreciated!
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look at the tbar bolt and see how far in it is... if its about even with the bracket that surrounds it then it has not been cranked too much if at all but from that pic i would think its been cranked... does the front of the truck ride very rough or is it soft?
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look at the tbar bolt and see how far in it is... if its about even with the bracket that surrounds it then it has not been cranked too much if at all but from that pic i would think its been cranked... does the front of the truck ride very rough or is it soft?

one....i dont know where the bolt is. thats the problem....two....definitely rough.
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Even if they were cranked they could be sagging.....Mine are starting to sag alittle.....I tried cranking them more but it really felt like that bolt was going to snap

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does anyone have a pic of what i need to be looking at?
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they look cranked to me.

the bolt is under your seat but under the truck. you can see the bars that go from the bracket to the LCA those are your T bars. in that bracketry under your seat you will find a bolt that is what you need to look at.
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here is a pic

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wow.....thank you. now i know that i was looking in the wrong spot. lmao
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your the man zach....brb ill go take a look at it
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well there is a cover that is normally in that pic. it has been removed in that pic
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thansk zach...your the man. mine are definitely all the way in. if im looking at the right bolt...its cranked all the way
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Another quick way to tell, is that if the LCA's are parallel to the ground then they are not cranked...the idea of SLA IFS (short/long arm Independent Front Suspension) is to take the bumps at a 90* angle thus the reason why after you crank your t-bars the LCA is at about a 25-30* angle to the ground and the rise is horse poop. However if you ditch the sway bar up front the ride improves drastically with the t-bars cranked
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why would i want to get rid of my sway bar though?
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only for more articulation, but this can be dangerous on the road. if you do mainly road driving and just a weekend off-roader i would not remove the swaybar. the sway bar keeps you from rolling over. it is a very nice thing to have if you have to swirve to miss an obsticle on the road.
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yea i know what a sway bar is and what it does....i actually knew that one. lmao. but never thought about removing it. mine will definitely stay on though. i drive too much on the road to remove it.
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