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t bar cranked consequences

so cranking the t bars probably isn't a good thing....but i gave it a few twists. probably gained an inch(33.5" before and now 34.5") overall in the front. (what a difference it makes) so far ive noticed stiffer ride and this popping type of sound today when i made a hard turn around and when i went over this speedbump....what are some things that the the cranked t bars will ware out quicker than normally?
its possible it has nothing to do with the t-bars...im just curious what about what i should be looking out for.
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You should get your alignment done , to adjust cambers and anything else that wasput out of spec
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yea i got the full alighnment done cuz i put in new cambers and new ball joints as well. it still pulls a lil to the right tho. it seems like its all in spec when he gave me the paper.
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Take it back and make them do it again
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haha yea definitely....i went to my friends work so i get the alighnment for liek 30 bucks so its all good ill go back and see if they can fix it. you think thats the problem?
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x2. Your front tires will wear faster and uneven. Not worth the inch higher if you ask me.
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so cranking the t bars probably isn't a good thing....but i gave it a few twists. probably gained an inch(33.5" before and now 34.5") overall in the front. (what a difference it makes) so far ive noticed stiffer ride and this popping type of sound today when i made a hard turn around and when i went over this speedbump....what are some things that the the cranked t bars will ware out quicker than normally?
its possible it has nothing to do with the t-bars...im just curious what about what i should be looking out for.
How new are your shocks? If you have old shocks that could be what the sound is coming from. As far as pulling to the right what kinda tires do you have on it? and if they aren't MT's that will follow grooves, they should not be pulling one direction or the other no matter if you crank your t bars or not, IF the alignment was done properly and suspension pieces aren't worn out. Also you could try taking your front sway bar off, some people thinks it feels better that way especially when going over the sides of something or turning in specific ways like that. I personally have mine off and havent put it back on. Either way a tbar 4x4 ranger is not going to drive that well lol. Add on cranking your t bars, old shocks, and more aggressive tires, def not going to ride that great. But I feel like my ride was pretty shitty when I first got it with no t bar crank and 235 at radials that were wore unevenly.

So I cranked my t bars up a tad, added lift, and 33 MT's and the ride really isn't much worse and I feel like I gained alot for alil less comfort. Really the major difference for me was my fully adjustable rancho 9000 shocks. I have em soft right now at 3 and can even go down to 1 if need be.
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I just have some all terrain's...Mastercrafts courser 265 70's on my stock 16's unfortunately haha...but all the suspension is new....new shocks, ball joints, sway links, tie rods. the tires are also new. maybe ima just uncrank them a tad to be safe. i really just hated the way the front sat so low it looked sad. and the problem with the lift is because i just bought those tires it would look weird with a 3in lift and i cant seem to find like a 1.5 or 2. (just got really into this stuff sometime after i replaced my rear end and my tires....damm it)
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I cranked mine gained a inch. Rides like crap but it's a ranger they all do with #1 bars lol. Get some moog ball joints and don't worry about it. My front tires ate wearing very fast
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I cranked mine, going over speed bumps. The coming down is harsher and feels like it's just droping off a curb. Aside from that, I haven't experienced the bad angles for CV joints and made sure to get an alignment when I got new tires.

Like mentioned, I think my bars have sagged a litte. I do know that I'm not replacing them. I'll do the coilover swap first.
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it wears your front tires faster...ooo thats not cool at all. yea its a very stiff ride...i got my new moogs in now and im thinking ima drop the tbars a lil bit so make the ride a lil more comfortable. I definitely need another alignment tho. ive had like 4 in the past 2 months. ridiculous.
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you can do alignments? you got your own shop?
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oh you got it made.i definitely would come down!
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