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Lowering an 02 Edge!!!

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Lowering an 02 Edge!!!

Hey guys i went through a few old threads on the forum about not being able to lower the Edge models. Is this still the case or would the DJM 4/5 work?
 
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That DJM kit is for coil spring front suspension, pretty sure the Edge has torsion bar front suspension.
 
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So I’m pretty much screwed as far as lowering....?
 
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All the threads I read about lowering an Edge talks about a guy named “D” who has all the answers but I can’t find him... I’m looking into maybe “lowering keys” Can anyone help?
 

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Lowering keys work, but you're still insanely limited by the torsion bars and the engine crossmember itself. They take a lot of the load off of the front torsion bars, which can result in a bouncy ride. You can achieve about 4/5 but that's it. After that you start needing some serious modification.

 
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I would be fine with a 3/4 honestly. It’s just for work, but want it to look clean. I couldn’t find any lowering keys besides eBay junk. And how would lowering keys actually lower the truck? That’s the part I’m not understanding... and if I do the lowering keys, will it ride like ****?

Also so what’s the difference between lowering key and “flipping the factory keys”?
 
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I would be fine with a 3/4 honestly. It’s just for work, but want it to look clean. I couldn’t find any lowering keys besides eBay junk. And how would lowering keys actually lower the truck? That’s the part I’m not understanding... and if I do the lowering keys, will it ride like ****?

Also so what’s the difference between lowering key and “flipping the factory keys”?
Flipping the keys and throwing in lowering keys essentially do the same thing. Flipping the keys is a little more unsafe because of how the torsion bar adjusting system puts tension on the torsion bars.

Lowering keys clock the torsion bars so that the lower control arms are level or slightly above the engine crossmember. With the stock bump stop in place, this is a nasty ride because you'll be riding on the bump stops. Keys require you to remove the factory bump stops and replace them with something shorter. My personal experience with lowering keys is that the truck felt way more bouncy since there was very little preload on my torsion bars. I would honestly rather have sold the truck and bought a coil spring truck, than to run my truck on lowering keys.

These are what I ran, they seemed to be solid but I only ran them for about a month because I hated the way the truck rode and felt.

https://www.airbagit.com/product-p/key-fr-08.htm
 
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Damn well I hate to hear that... lol. I got the truck for free from a family member so I was going to use it for work, just wanted to lower it a bit... how much lowering could I get out of just loosening the torsion bolt on the key without it riding like **** and still being able to get it aligned. Also if I get the lowering keys, is alignment still possible?
 
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Damn well I hate to hear that... lol. I got the truck for free from a family member so I was going to use it for work, just wanted to lower it a bit... how much lowering could I get out of just loosening the torsion bolt on the key without it riding like **** and still being able to get it aligned. Also if I get the lowering keys, is alignment still possible?
You might be able to get 1-2" from lowering the torsion bars but if they're already sagging like most of them do, then you'll be lucky to get 1". Won't really ride too terrible since it would still be within stock range. It's when you take the truck past stock range that things start to get out of hand.

As for alignment, that depends on how low you set the torsion bars after you install the keys. Look forward to getting custom upper control arms.
 
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I think I’m just going to lower the keys that are on the truck. If the bars are sagging how do you fix that? And if their sagging I won’t be able to lower it as much? Not sure if I understood that correctly. Sorry I’m just really not used to torsion suspension. Lol
 
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I think I’m just going to lower the keys that are on the truck. If the bars are sagging how do you fix that? And if their sagging I won’t be able to lower it as much? Not sure if I understood that correctly. Sorry I’m just really not used to torsion suspension. Lol
Fixing sagging bars means replacing them.

If your bars are sagging that means your truck will sit lower, which is what you want. But if the bars are sagging, they usually make the ride bouncy, similar to if you were to loosen the adjusting bolts all the way out.
 
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Okay I gotcha, I appreciate all the help man! Last thing, is there a certain max I can listen the key bolt?
 
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Okay I gotcha, I appreciate all the help man! Last thing, is there a certain max I can listen the key bolt?
The bolts are gonna be too long when you back them out, so they could catch on manhole covers and other things. So you're gonna have to get shorter bolts (Grade 8) and then just tighten them a few turns so that there's pressure on the torsion bars.
 
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Okay cool thanks!
 
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