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Torsion Bar crank affects replacment shock options?

Hi guys,
Bout to swap my OEM shocks with some bilstien or ranchos and was wondering if cranking the torsion bars will make me have to get longer/bigger shocks in the front... so far im looking at these (http://www.allshocks.com/bilstein/ht...ear=%271999%27 ) But if i want to crank my torsion bars in the near future will these oem replacments not be suffcient length/ travel and such. Also is whos running these? Do you like them!? Thanks!
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My bars are maxxed with monroe reflexs. Rides a little stiffer but its a truck.
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You won't need any different shocks. The stock shocks are made to be able to take a little lift.
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Your shock is also your limit strap. Using a longer than stock one will increase your down travel, and probably improve your ride, but it will also wear out your front components quicker. btw, I just installed KYB gas-a-justs, which are imo comparable to the yellow bilstiens but a lot cheaper.
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Your shock is also your limit strap. Using a longer than stock one will increase your down travel, and probably improve your ride, but it will also wear out your front components quicker. btw, I just installed KYB gas-a-justs, which are imo comparable to the yellow bilstiens but a lot cheaper.
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Alright, Thanks guys for the input... One last thing, its correct that if i want to reduce sway i want more of a stiffier shock, and what shocks do you all recommend for 50% on road 50% off road?
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Do you not have a sway bar?
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5100's.

and yes, you want a longer shock if you crank your bars. running the stockers while cranked is a awesome way to blow out a shock.

reduce sway? shes a truck not a gocart, just slow it down.
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5100's.

and yes, you want a longer shock if you crank your bars. running the stockers while cranked is a awesome way to blow out a shock.

reduce sway? shes a truck not a gocart, just slow it down.
You should not add a longer shock in stock location with no drop brackets. The travel of the shock has to work with the possible travel of the balljoints which ford did the R&D on. That is why tbar cranks no matter what negatively affect ride quality


I had those Bilsteins in my ranger for many hard years and they were great, they are now on my buddies 2011 4x4 lol

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5100's.

and yes, you want a longer shock if you crank your bars. running the stockers while cranked is a awesome way to blow out a shock.

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this^^^... is not right. my t-bars have been maxed for over two years now. never had a shock leak or break or have any bad effects from cranking. i can still jack up the front of my truck and have the shocks droop another couple inches. when cranking my t-bars i got about 1 1/2" of lift at the front of my truck measured at the wheel wells. at the location of the shock mount i might have lifted it 1/2". MAYBE.
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Cranking tbars has 0 effect on shocks, everything in your front susp. will be the same at full droop whether you are cranked or not and adding a longer shock will turn your shock into a bump stop
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