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quick torsion bar question...

I just jacked up the front of my truck to crank up the torsion bars a bit to help level out the truck. When I jacked up the truck so both sides of the front suspension were free...

The passanger side wheel bottom is 1/2" higher than the drivers side wheel bottom. I am doing this on a concrete garage floor that is level. I'm confused.
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they are torqued different amounts because the battery and gas tank are both on the driver's side of the truck.

just make sure you make the exact amount of turns on each side. If they are off you may have to lower the truck and measure the wheel wells and readjust.

As far as I know the bolts will not be in the same amount, so dont try to make them even or the truck will not be level.

Is this right guys?
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they are torqued different amounts because the battery and gas tank are both on the driver's side of the truck.

just make sure you make the exact amount of turns on each side. If they are off you may have to lower the truck and measure the wheel wells and readjust.

As far as I know the bolts will not be in the same amount, so dont try to make them even or the truck will not be level.

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yup. the drivers side is cranked up more to compensate with the added weight on that side.

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^^Ditto.


the whole "one wheel higher than the other" could be as simple as where you placed the jack under the crossmember.

adjustment bolts are the same length for both sides as well.
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yup. the drivers side is cranked up more to compensate with the added weight on that side.

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I have read up on the previous posts and have searched alot.

I just did not know if this was normal. Since when its jacked up one wheel is 1/2" higher off the ground, I got that the drivers side will sit higher when on the ground until i sit in it.. but I didn't know this. Sorry, if its been covered already.
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no worries some like to ride people for not searching but this forum would never have new posts if it were that way......

anyway like it was said just make sure you crank the bolts the same amount and you will be good.......drive around the block and work the suspension to try and get it to settle a bit than measure and re-adjust if needed
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So, What would be a good amount to crank these up? What is a safe amount to do this... adverse effects? I am not looking for wicked bumpy ride, or front end problems.
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4 total rotations.
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What would happen if I go for more than 4 turns?
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Further risk of premature wear and harsher ride.
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I went 4 turns, drove it down the crappiest roads around here and it seems that the suspension relaxed about 1/4 of an inch. I achieved about 1" of front end lift, I believe. I am sitting at 34 1/4" in the front from ground to wheel well. and about 36 1/2" in the rear. I'm on stock 255/70/R16 wrangler RT/s's that are heavly worn, I can't wait for my new tires to be on tomorrow.
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crank some more if you want. That's what those adjustment bolts are there for...adjustment for wear! With stock keys, there's not much adverse effects even if maxed.
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Thats what I feel I am adjusting, a bill due to excess wear. I really like the way it feels at the 4 turns. I think it looks alot better too. I don't know if I should go any higher. haha those people aligning it tomorrow are going to hate me. It was out of alignment before. Now I added this into the mix. They are going to hate me when they try and adjust the tie rods on the truck they look quite rusteddddd frozen.... a can of worms I would never want to touch.
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Icon5 Torsion bar cranking

I just put 32 inch tires on my 2000 4wd ranger and I wanted to know how much I could crank the torsion bars to level the truck out? Could you help me anyone lol? Thanks.
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all depends on how many miles ur truck has, what bars you have, etc. just do them til you feel the need.
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I have 67,000 miles on it. I just wanted to level the front end to be as high as the back end. Do you know if I can get an alignment without the shop cranking the torsion bars back to stock? Thanks.
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yes, you can. I had an alignment right after. What they do is adjust the other aspects associated with an alignment. They will not touch the torson bars in that way at all.. They adjust the tie rods and such to match it. When I did this my alignment was not out MUCH, but enough to destory tires!

Goodluck. It was easy, just took the nerve to go out there and do it.
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Thanks for your help. 4wheel parts said they could finish torsion bar leveling and the alignment is going to cost $120 lol. I checked alot of places like les schwab and they wont do it.
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I turned mine a total of 4 full turns, then drove it around and it compressed a 1/4" again. Overall the truck looks alot better. Give it a try, follow the how to's on this site. You want to do the method with marking the bolt head and such.
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