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Torsion Bar Crank..

Hi guys,

To start out, Im a new owner of a 2002 ranger xlt off road since 2 weeks and I love it:D
I know this may have been brought up multiple times but I cant seem to find a real picture of the thing. Ive searched the forum here but didnt find anything..

Only instructions I foud are here but doesnt actually have a pic:

http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...orsionBar.html
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if you lay under your truck, youll see a crossmember under your front doors, in the crossmember there are 2 large holes on the bottom, one on each site, in the hole is a bolt, should be a 13 mm (?) thats the torsion adjusting bolt. have fun!
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right on thanks, just need to align it now
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Hey, GG, welcome to the site. How about a first name at least?
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Better now ? Wow went mudding for the first time today. I love 4x4. I started without 4wd on and got stuck big time... put in on and boom out of there Wow.. of course I have crappy tires that I plan to upgrade in a bit :)
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sounds like a nice truck, post some pics up if u can later
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you can post pics and stuff, no problem
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Anybody got the Ford factory specs for the suspension heights? My front end is quite low compared to the backside.. I suspect the T-bars might have just settled a bit, no? I know somebody (bet it was you John) posted the specs and measurement procedure back on GE. Any chance you could do it again? Better yet, maybe we can make that data a sticky..
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Better now ? Wow went mudding for the first time today. I love 4x4. I started without 4wd on and got stuck big time... put in on and boom out of there Wow.. of course I have crappy tires that I plan to upgrade in a bit :)
Gilles, I went offroading with TBarCYa's brother Chris and he has a bone stock 1997 Jeep Wrangler with lousy street style tires on and he got stuck yes -- but what was significant was what he DID make it through.

I have a 4x2 so I'm doing what I can to get more performance -- but in some situations a stock 4x4 will do better than my built 4x2. Sometimes it's the other way around. Still, well made stock 4x4's can be amazing with the right driver.
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Anybody got the Ford factory specs for the suspension heights? My front end is quite low compared to the backside.. I suspect the T-bars might have just settled a bit, no? I know somebody (bet it was you John) posted the specs and measurement procedure back on GE. Any chance you could do it again? Better yet, maybe we can make that data a sticky..
Yes, it was me. I'll get it set up -- I think the scanned diagram is still on my site. Back in a few...
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Refering to the above: you measure from the ground to the bottom tip of the spindle (inset drawing) which is measurement (1) and from the ground to the center of the forward lower a-arm pivot which is measurement (3).

From this, subtract (1) from (3) to get measurement (2) which is "ride height" by the Ford spec.

Front new vehicles with less than 500 miles: 113 mm (4.52 in) +/- 11 mm (0.44 in)

Front with original parts after 500 miles: 101 mm (4.04 in) +/- 11 mm (0.44 in)

Front with replacement parts: 113 mm (4.52 in) +/- 3 mm (0.12 in)

Notice that the "original" parts are allowed more tolerance than replacement parts -- don't know what that is about.

Those specs are from the 2002 Ford Ranger workshop manual.
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EXCELLENT! Thanks John..
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Wow went mudding for the first time today. I love 4x4. I started without 4wd on and got stuck big time... put in on and boom out of there Wow..
Been there, done that, know EXACTLY what yer talking about! My first time out I got the entire driver's side burried in a mud-hole. The passenger's side was on semi-solid ground, but I wasn't going anywhere. I just couldn't put the power down w/o spinning the wheels out in the air! Of course I was alone, miles from help, like an idiot! .. Then I discovered low range. Wholey snikeys man! That truck hopped out of that hole like someone kicked it in the gonads.. I've YET to have my truck stuck. 4x4 really is that helpful..
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My truck gets stuck if the right wheel gets off the ground too much. Damn my tires suck. Winter duelers are for winter, not offroading :P And John, yours is a built 4x2, not a 4x2. If my 4x4 were on 35s and locked, well, I'd be stuck, but a *competent* driver would be climbing up cliffs.

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I suspect the T-bars might have just settled a bit, no?
If you need a set, I can get them for you.. CHEAP.

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I can vouch for that!
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John I love your truck man wow. I wish I had the $$ to do that to mine now but I cant. I will just get me some bigger tires.. Im running 255/75/16's BF Land terrains.. I guess their alright but not muddy enough.[IMG]

Grrr I dont know how to post the damn pic lol

I click on that insert image button and all it does is: [IMG]
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testing Lol





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LOL I guess you have to host it somewhere eh

Edit: Got it lol. these are the only 2 pics I have of my truck up to now and were taken with my cell phone. More pics to come as I will have a friends 3mega pixel cam :D

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So what do you guys think I should put for Tires under there? 265/75/16's ok? Anyone with that size tire with pics? I think im gonna go with bfg A/T's

Im thinking thats the bigest I can go on my stock 16 rims right
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I dont know...sorry...but someone will....lol
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Heres a tire calculator...

http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

You can fit 32's and maybe 33's with a t-bar crank
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cool well I think 265/75/16 are 32's... cant wait go get them.. but it will be over a month from now since I dont have the $ yet.
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Hey, man, nice mud! I'm sure a little bigger tire will be just fine. Most have been able to run 32's with little difficulty.
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