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Old 09-20-2008
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installed new leafs and t bars today

i finally got around to installing my new #1 torsion bars and C leafs today. i didnt realise how much they were all sagging til i got the new ones on today. WoW what a ride difference. i had b bars and k leafs so the ride is a bit stiffer now but i like it. the truck sits about 3/4 of a inch higher in the rear and about a inch taller up front. ill try and get pics up tomorow.

ooh ya one more thing. USE A 6 POINT SOCKET TO REMOVE THE OLD TORSION BAR ADJUSTMENT BOLTS. i used a 12 point and stripped my passenger side bolt. what a PIA it was to remove it. also twisted my cheap 6 inch c clamp from habor freight lol but all is good now. the truck rides like new
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cool....im pretty sure i need new leafs....their just about even now.
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I swaped out my b bars for #1 bars a few weekends ago and someone on here(gatorblue) told me to use a 3 jaw gear puller to hold and release the tension. it worked real good. if you dont mind me asking how much did the new leafs cost?
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Old 09-21-2008
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well i actually ended up gettin the off a totaled 06 ranger with like 8k on it from the junk yard for 100 bucks. ford only wanted like 160 a side i think.

i needed new leafs cuz my passneger side was about 1 3/4 of a inch lower that the drivers side. i didnt realise how worn out my old ones were until i had them sittin next to the new ones.

i didnt even think of useing a puller like that lol. ooh well least i got it donw finally
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Maybe when i hit 100k, i'll go ahead and do the rears too..unless i find a set at a yard sooner.
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Old 09-27-2008
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I know this may be a dumb question but hey gotta ask them if you wanna learn, Excatly what are the advantages of installing #1 t bars? who makes them? thanks
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Old 09-27-2008
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#1 bars are the highest spring rate torsion bar avaliable for the Ford Ranger. Came as standard equipment on the Fx4 Rangers and most 4x4 xcab 4.0L trucks. Going to a #1 bar will ride stiffer(how i like it), it'll resist sagging and sorta keep the 'lift' if you cranked them. All advantanges to me over a B bar for my truck...i converted about 5 months ago or so.

Bars are chosen upon equipment options, drivetrain options, and cab configurations.
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Old 10-08-2008
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well after putting 1500 miles on the truck since puttin the #1 bars and C leafs in the truck rides a lot better. its tiffer but at least its got spring now. only downfall is i wish i woulda got 33s now
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Old 10-08-2008
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1500 miles and STILL no pics?! haha

i know my rear leaves are sagging hella bad, i need a new set.
just skip to 35s 33s will look small before you know it
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^^x2!! get them pics up man!! I wanna seeee!!
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i left my camera at my dads place this weekend. ill try to get some this weekend. we are soposed to get our first snow at the cabin
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time to wheel it now.
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worthless without pics.
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ill post pics up in the pics section. the ones i took today are action shots
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i just noticed when i posted the pics in the picture section that i dont have a pic of the truck on flat ground to see the stance lol i will have to take one this week sometime
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