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question about t-bars

Well, I've heard a lot about cranking the t-bars. I've even crawled under the truck to find them. What do you guys use to "crank" them? And does the truck need to be on a lift or something?
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Nah, truck doesnt need to be on a lift as long as u can crawl up under it. When you hear ppl say crank they mean they tighten up the torsion bar adjuster bolts which lifts the truck up I dunno how much tho. In order to do this u'll have to remove the key protector plates then tighten the bolts remember to keep track of how many turns u do on one so u can do the same # on the other.
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jack the truck up...so the front wheels are in the air

use a 1/2" socket...

tighten bolts...

take measurements of height..crank until desired...wether to match rear or whatever...

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you don't need to jack the truck up...in fact you don't want to...keep in on a level pad of concrete or something solid and tighten the t-bar adjuster bolts...a good way to keep track is to use a white out pen and make a mark on the head of the bolt and make a similar mark directly inline with that one on the t-bar bracket that is inboard of the bolt. that way you know how far you have cranked them.
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Just remember your truck is gonna ride a lil different. Some say it rides rougher/harder and others don't even notice it.
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you dont need too but it makes it easier to tighten the bolts
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you dont need too but it makes it easier to tighten the bolts

true that....

i didnt measure in TURNS how much i cranked the bars, i just measured the results....i measured the height of the rear, then cranked the bars to match that so it sits even....
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you don't need to jack the truck up...in fact you don't want to...keep in on a level pad of concrete or something solid and tighten the t-bar adjuster bolts...a good way to keep track is to use a white out pen and make a mark on the head of the bolt and make a similar mark directly inline with that one on the t-bar bracket that is inboard of the bolt. that way you know how far you have cranked them.
this is a big debate on this some repair manuals say you dont have to some say dont its a big mess...eather way you wont hurt the truck
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...eather way you wont hurt the truck
mine cried for a bit when i lifted it....then i gave it some gas and it cheered up
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mine cried for a bit when i lifted it....then i gave it some gas and it cheered up
i think you need to come visit my work in the mental health ward
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as long as you give me the penthouse with cable TV, i dont mind that....

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when i got under my truck, the bolt on the driver's side looked like it had been tightened further than the passenger side, but they measured the same. Is that normal?
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Things are never exactly the same. There is gonna be some difference.
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where did you measure??? you measure from the ground to the bottom of the two arms in the front...left arm for left side, right arm for right side
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i measured from the ground to the top of the wheel well
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the two sides measure the same. one bolt looks farther up in the arm then the other.
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your air pressure may be a little different
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The drivers side bolt IS in farther, thats normal. It's probably to compensate for the weight of the driver, gas tank and other things that weigh down that side of the truck.
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The drivers side bolt IS in farther, thats normal. It's probably to compensate for the weight of the driver, gas tank and other things that weigh down that side of the truck.
That makes sense. I just wanted to see if others had seen the same thing or if my t-bars were off. Thanks for the info.
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so if you do this you can lift or lower the truck?
and what does it help if done?
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so if you do this you can lift or lower the truck?
and what does it help if done?
you dont have a torsion bar suspension you have I-beam suspension totally different...
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and what does it help if done?
You get higher ground clearance if you crank them tighter, or you get a lower hieght if you crank them looser.


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aw that sucks...too bad, so theres nothing we can do to our trucks in that department? besides lift kits and drop kits?
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aw that sucks...too bad, so theres nothing we can do to our trucks in that department? besides lift kits and drop kits?
you can do a 2" front lift block i have one myself...
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yea im thinkin bout it but rite now the trucks still in my parents name, and my dad wants it "like it is" but so far he likes what I've done with it
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