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im new here so bare with me please. i was wondering if there were any negatives to cranking my t-bars to lift my front end some. i want to be able to put a larger size tire on my truck eventually.
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the only negative is that your messing with the stock angle of the tires (i know theres a technical term but i cant think of it) but it really shouldnt be a problem
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im not saying this to be mean but informative there has been many other threads about this or things related to this hit the search button and type something like your title and you should find plenty on this.
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only down side so far is if you alignment is off to begin with it will throw it more off. its a good think to get an alignment check afterwards.

also it could speed up the process of your ball joints wearing out other wise just crank um and get it over with
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You will get some camber change and the bars will wear out slightly faster and begin to sag more over time, other than that, you'll be fine.
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yes there are small issues

you will wear out the bars faster
your alignment could be off
you will lose most of the downward travel of the suspension, causing premature ball joint failure when the upper arm contacts the frame
your headlights may have to be realigned
you may have to adjust your rear view mirror

dont get me wrong, MANY people have NO problems with cranking the bars, but to tell you that there are no risks would be wrong
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it will affect slightly the wear of your tires too. probably not much but thats what unequalled camber does.
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what size tires? u can safely fit a 285/75/16 stock, hehe.
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I think Bob ( sound performance ) about covered it all... and then some :)
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it will affect slightly the wear of your tires too. probably not much but thats what unequalled camber does.
not after you get it re-aligned if needed..
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i guess i might as well post here...

How do you know how much you went up..like if you knew that you wanted to go like 1/2" is that like so many turns...is there something that you can measure to see wat the deal is or do you just just crankin and stand back and see if level?
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Measure either from the center of the wheel to the top of the fender well, or from the ground to the top of the fender well. Turn some, then measure again. Make sure you're even on each side
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easy enough...lol..never knew that..hopefully this weekend they will be cranked and aals added that i got today in the mail
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iv had my cranked forever and i just got new ball joints put in because they went bad but that was mostly because of off road abuse but it aint that expensive. less than buying a lift. go for it
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easy enough...lol..never knew that..hopefully this weekend they will be cranked and aals added that i got today in the mail
easier way is mesure from the ground to the flat spot on the bottom of the fender between the bumper and the fender in the front its more of a striaght line and you find the exact spot each time but thats just me
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im new here so bare with me please. i was wondering if there were any negatives to cranking my t-bars to lift my front end some. i want to be able to put a larger size tire on my truck eventually.

Start with this thread and read n3elz post. It has all the info on setting ride height. From there you can work your way up if needed.

Stock ride height
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Good post Bob, and I'm not saying your wrong necessarily, but I haven't suffered loss of any down travel whatsoever by doing this. Even when my truck was stock-ish, I measured the same amount of droop as when I measured before I had cranked them. Also, with my 6.0 on, Camburg cranks the bars to add more preload/increase spring rate, and I'm still getting over 50% more travel than stock. If it limited down travel (in meaningful numbers) they wouldn't crank them.
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