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Old 12-20-2007
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still questioning the t-bars

im still a little confused on cranking my t bars, i hear that they will break if i go off roading with them cranked so yes or no?
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i have yet to hear anyone breaking t-bars from cranking them........also the search button is your friend there are 1 billion posts about t-bars..



DISCLAIMER I KNOW THERE ISN'T 1 BILLION BUT THERE IS ALOT
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yea my bad i just havent heard from any one on rf of them breaking
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theres damn near a billion...

they wont break and if they do i'll come and personally shake your hand haha

it just puts more stress on the ball joints and stuff and your going to have a rougher ride but thats about it
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Who has cranked their t bars 4 times? I have cranked mine 2 times and the front is still a little lower than I want it to be and I want to crank it 2 more times. Will this hurt the truck at all?
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4 times here.....i think...been a long time. I now have bad lower joints. But they are original joints w/ 77k on them.
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Who has cranked their t bars 4 times? I have cranked mine 2 times and the front is still a little lower than I want it to be and I want to crank it 2 more times. Will this hurt the truck at all?
i know about 4 trucks easy that have MAXED bars...
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mine are maxed haha.
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I've got maxed bars too. My balljoints are toast, upper and lower. Just turned 44k, all the balljoints and tie rods will be replaced when I get my lift.
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^^ pushing around 35's on 15x10 really doesnt help matters either HAHA
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mine are maxed as well...woohoo


you wont break them.. fatigue them over time maybe... but it will be damn hard to break them
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i turned mine 8 times.

but they didnt stay around long enough to wear anything out
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how much are ball joints runnin for?
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Old 12-21-2007
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I turned mine 4 times, its worth it man, suck it up! lol j/k
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how much are ball joints runnin for?
idk anything about your truck, but for me they're about $30-40
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Old 12-22-2007
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Someone told me to get torsion bar keys instead of tightening my torsion bars. They said the ride would still be close to plush as stock, with a 2-3 inch lift.

Is this true? And would it affect my front driveshaft?
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I have them on my truck, and let me put it this way I would much rather have my tbars cranked all the way then put the key on again. there is no way it is close to stock my cv axle angle is horrible. When I take a turn I cant get any body roll or the axle starts to bind up, and I dare not think about the condition of the ball joints.

To all thinking about the torsion keys DONT BUY THEM!!!!!
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how much are ball joints runnin for?
~$500 installed
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Old 12-23-2007
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So basically, if one were to crank their torsion bars, balljoints and tierods are bound to wear out in pretty much no time huh?
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So basically, if one were to crank their torsion bars, balljoints and tierods are bound to wear out in pretty much no time huh?
If you crank them too much yes. If your control arm looks like this /---\ yes they are going to wear quick
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What other ways are there to lift the front?
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With a Superlift unless you want to go to coils then theres the RCD. Theres also Camburg and Dixon Bros lifts but I don't know much about those.
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I got 5 cranks on mine and a 4" lift and all is well
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Just crank them 4 turns and foget about it lol

I have about 50k miles on 4 turns and no issues. BTW I am running 33s
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let me throw my .02 into this situation...

if you plan on getting reletively serious about off roading in your truck.. just get a body lift and some 33s.. then save to do a SFA... if you can get conections on parts, and you find the right shop it can be done for about the same amount of money as say the RCD kit installed + gears + tires... i wish i had done that
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