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How do you improve torsion for off-roading

I'm sure this has been discussed millions of times. But everything I've researched doesn't make sense. People say add coil overs. But is this possible with out spending 5k$
Things I'm thinking about about are
1. Quick release for sway bar
2. Better shocks (not sure what brand to get)
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Yea, you don't have to spend $5k. I spent $800.

Whoever told you $5k was bullshitting you. The only way you'd spend that is if you're doing long travel.
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Yea, you don't have to spend $5k. I spent $800.

Whoever told you $5k was bullshitting you. The only way you'd spend that is if you're doing long travel.
What did you purchase
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I bought my coilovers used on here. I paid $700 but expect to spend closer to $1000. Brackets are made by a member (dunno if he still does) that's $250. Limit straps are $80. Bump stops are $40. Alignment is whatever you pay. I paid $80.

So maybe the $800 was a little low but it's still not $5k.

Search on here for coilover swap or coilover brackets. You'll find what you need.
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I bought my coilovers used on here. I paid $700 but expect to spend closer to $1000. Brackets are made by a member (dunno if he still does) that's $250. Limit straps are $80. Bump stops are $40. Alignment is whatever you pay. I paid $80.

So maybe the $800 was a little low but it's still not $5k.

Search on here for coilover swap or coilover brackets. You'll find what you need.
Totally agree with you Morris. You can do it for way less than 5k. Granted I bought used and spent way less than that. I would say the number is closer to 1500 all said and done.
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Yep. For stock to 2" lift that seems spot on.

Any additional lift whether it's a superlift 6" conversion or long travel set up is where you get into the higher spending. A superlift is $1500 alone. Plus $1000-1500 for coils.
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I'm not a fan of massive lifts. I just want to be able to smash through the desert with out feeling like my truck is going to rattle apart
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You might wanna join desert Rangers. There are a lot of guys on there who live near you and know what kind of kit would be best for the conditions you are talking about.
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I'm not a fan of massive lifts. I just want to be able to smash through the desert with out feeling like my truck is going to rattle apart
Sounds like a long travel kit is in your future...
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I go off-road a lot with my torsion bar suspension. I have gone through some pretty rough stuff with no problems. I just lifted the front about 1.5" with the torsion bars and installed 33" MT tires. It also did well with 32" MT tires.

Sure you can improve the suspension but the torsion bars are not that bad if you don't beat on it. I consider smashing through the desert beating on it and that does take an improved suspension (long travel). Not many stock suspensions (short of a Raptor) will stand up to that.
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go with the coilover. my truck is stock height and I can fly down the same rough roads/ trails compared to befor with torsion bars. On woops that my truck would bottom out easily befor it takes them like a champ now. I run my truck pretty hard and I'm quite impressed with these fox coilovers. the way I look at it is if I know I'm pounding it hard enough to brake stuff then I plan on possibly having to repair stuff. even if those things might be major. I just did this to my truck. I bought remote res shocks and the guy on here still makes the bracket kit. me00stepside is his name on here. 290$ powdercoated with hardware (bolts etc.). those guys are accurate with the 1500$ and that will get u really good shocks. downsouth motor sports valves them for youre vehicle and the way you tell them youre gonna drive it. I also bought deaver leaf springs for the back. you have to sacrifice carrying large loads for these but they ride so amazing I cant believe they are leafsprings.
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Down south was good to me when I ordered. A lot of members have used them and have had excellent customer service.
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