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Pre Key mod walk through, how to?

I have time to hit the junkyard tomorrow to get some new pre '08 torsion bar keys but I don't know how to pull them or install, or what tools I'll need. Has anybody posted a walk through of this?
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you just need sockets and a jack, or a gear puller. you'll remove the cover over the keys, take the adjuster bolts out, then use the jack or gear puller to lift the end of where the adjuster bolt was then slide out the little plate that is under the key then loosen and the key will be able to be popped out.


http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...ht=torsion+key

some good pics there
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Don't forget to also jack up the front of the truck so the suspension is at full droop.The weight has to be taken off the t-bars first.
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Does anyone have the Ford part numbers for pre 2008 torsion keys?

EDIT: 2006 and earlier keys are Ford PN F57Z-5B328-B. They list for about $91 at Ford. Ford White Bear Lake lists them for $61 (Google them, cheapest factory parts I can find!)
The rear blocks on 2006 and earlier 4x4s with the bump stop bar are Ford part number YL5Z-5598-DA for the left and F87Z-5598-DA for the right. I'm guessing they're angled slightly causing side specific part numbers. Also, the U bolts for the larger blocks are E3TZ-5705-B.


the 2007 and later Rangers have the lower keys, which are 8L5Z-5B328-A

**I'm not sure if the above part numbers will work with the smaller 7.5" rear end. The U bolts likely will not**

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2008 was the first year for the re indexed keys that made it sit lower.

This was stickied in the suspension section. You'll find the part numbers you need. https://www.ranger-forums.com/suspen...-bottom-70142/

Why did you post in two threads the same question?

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2008 was the first year for the re indexed keys that made it sit lower.

This was stickied in the suspension section. You'll find the part numbers you need. https://www.ranger-forums.com/suspen...-bottom-70142/

Why did you post in two threads the same question?
According to the part number on Fords website, the 2007 also had the lower keys. Not a big deal, I was just poking around on there looking for exact years so I could find some used stuff on ebay.

I posted in two different threads because like most, I'm not subscribed to every thread out there. I figured I could reach a broader audience.

Thank you for the info, I'll check it out.
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This site doesn't see as much traffic as it used to.

It's fallen into the ranger station crowd and just become a library.
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