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torsion bar crank

Hey guys I was reading some other thing about cranking the torsion bars, but I am confused on what bolts to actually crank. I have this picture here, is it the two outer ones, or the one in the middle?

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Mkae sure you have enough money to get an alignment or you tires will soon be destroyed...
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I tried to crank it, but I couldnt for the life of me turn that dam bolt. Has anyone else had that problem?
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bigger handle lol, i used a 24" breaker bar it wasn't very hard with that..
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I finally got it lol. I had to use a bar on the socket. I cranked both sides two full cranks. It didnt seem like it did much, but when I measured it the front bumper was an inch higher than before. The wheelwells didnt seem like they got higher at all. How many times is it safe to crank the bar? I dont want to do it too much that it will damage the truck.
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dont do 8, i did and it sucked haha

i also did an alignment right after that..
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How do you do an alignment yourself?
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There is no right way to doing an alignment yourelf.
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i use a $125.00 snap-on 1/2" ratchet with a $35.00 snap-on 13mm socket
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^haha

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yeah last time i had my tools apraised it was almost 50K with the box!
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i have a $325.00 matco TnT 1/2" impact gun (100 times better then a thunder gun) that i could use to send the bolts home but i dont like doing it like that lol
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Do you guys think that I should get analignment even if I cranked the bolt two times?
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you should be fine
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what are the steps of doing this?? are for a newbee
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I would suggest using a little penetrating oil as rounding bolt heads off sucks. Jack the front tires off of the ground too. Get a long breaker bar and a GOOD 6 POINT SOCKET! Give her a couple cranks (righty tighty mind you) and try not to split any knuckles.
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penetrating oil is going to do nothing to help you here, the bolts have super strength loc-tite on them.
the proper way (gasp) is to do the adjustment with the truck level and tires on the ground, no jack. first loosen the 4 upper control arm to frame bolts, you do this so to not bind the upper arm when changing ride height, next get a tape measure and take primary measurements. then using a 13mm 6 point 1/2" drive socket and a good 1/2" ratchet tighten the bolts slowly equal turns on each side untill the height is where you want it, measure to level then tighten the 4 upper control arm to frame bolts.

this has been beat to death on this site and some do it one way, some do it other ways.

what ever you do dont bottom the bolts against the adjuster blocks and never use a air impact gun to tighten them!
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