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people with torsion keys

i am considering getting a set for my truck and want to hear from someone who has them. DO they actually hurt the ball joints or front end. i have heard alot of hear say but i want to know from someone who has them
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Yes they wear out ball joints badly. I know from personal experience.
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Did you get an alignment afterwards? And-- how much hieght did you actually get from them?
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You get the same effect at zero cost by cranking your torsion bars...
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Read this entire thread, maybe it'll help on making a decision.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=52018
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I just added some pictures and an explination as to WHY the factory keys shouldn't be altered for a daily driver.
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The torsion keys are in no way a "lift", and anyone that thinks other wise has no idea of how the suspension works, All they do is increase the preload on the control arms. Think of it this way if you jacked up your truck by the front cross member the tires will go down to full drop. now with tthe torsion keys installed this is how it sits on the ground all susp travel will be up since your arms will always be extended to full drop. A body lift is just as cheap and it retains the factory ride. Just my .02 cent.
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......And a body lift doesn't wear out suspension components. On a 4x4 those keys will ruin you're CV shafts as well. I've never had the torsion keys, but I DO know how suspension works and how it cycles. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know what kind of a bind the torsion key "lift" will put your suspension in.

but........if you don't believe us then you can be like 4x4offroad99.....I hear he has an easy 5 step guide for torsion keys......

Step 1: Get torsion keys
Step 2: Brag about how great the keys are before using them
Step 3: Install keys and run for less than 6 months
Step 4: Realize the keys actually DO ruin suspension components.
Step 5: Spend more money fixing your front end than you would've spent if you would have just went with a quality lift kit in the first place!
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Well I would have a 2k lift but mommy and daddy dont support me.
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but........if you don't believe us then you can be like 4x4offroad99.....I hear he has an easy 5 step guide for torsion keys......

Step 1: Get torsion keys
Step 2: Brag about how great the keys are before using them
Step 3: Install keys and run for less than 6 months
Step 4: Realize the keys actually DO ruin suspension components.
Step 5: Spend more money fixing your front end than you would've spent if you would have just went with a quality lift kit in the first place![/QUOTE]
LMFAO. And my parents don`t support anything, infact they both have been dead for over 10 years. I have a job and own my home, if i want something i save for it.
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F-it, just SAS it.
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save up and get a body lift or just go all out and get a suspension lift
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F-it, just SAS it.
I'm a lowered guy, I don't offroad. I have an ATV for such.

From all the setups I have seen, and the costs related to them.. giving consideration nto future maintenance.. I believe you have stated the wisest option of all.

D-XX axles from jeeps and other trucks have years of abuse and log-notes of issues and strong points. From Seeing Jey, ZaBeard and a few others doing their builds, it looks like a ' common sence ' type of mod, same as a ' kit ' like Superlift would offer.

The SAS eliminates the weakest links ( front cv shafts ) and seem to allow a LOT more front end travel.

The only real issues with doing an SAS swap.. Patients and knowing how to use certian tools.

Good word man.
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I'm a lowered guy, I don't offroad. I have an ATV for such.

From all the setups I have seen, and the costs related to them.. giving consideration nto future maintenance.. I believe you have stated the wisest option of all.

D-XX axles from jeeps and other trucks have years of abuse and log-notes of issues and strong points. From Seeing Jey, ZaBeard and a few others doing their builds, it looks like a ' common sence ' type of mod, same as a ' kit ' like Superlift would offer.

The SAS eliminates the weakest links ( front cv shafts ) and seem to allow a LOT more front end travel.

The only real issues with doing an SAS swap.. Patients and knowing how to use certian tools.

Good word man.
x2! Not only common sence...less moving parts, simpler design. cheaper in the long run.
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