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Torsion Bar Cranking

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Great post!
 
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Thanks D. This helps a lot for us suspension noobs.
 
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awesome this clears up quite a bit!
 
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Thanks for the explaination. I have absolutely NO knowledge or experience with torsion bars, but this at least gave me a clue as to what I am working with. Great Post!
 
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Thats cool, but i've checked my alignment on two separate machines and they were in spec. with the tbar cranking. not saying the upper ball joints wont wear faster or anything. but the specs were there
 
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After I cranked my T-bars the camber on both sides were right in the middle of the specs. The toe was off a little. I suspect the camber was off before I cranked it.

I only cranked it 1.5" and the ride height was still within the Ford specs for a new suspension. It was right at the max but not over. Ford also has specs for used suspension and it was above that range.

After 40k miles of so I checked the ride height again and it had sagged a little. I cranked it a little more to keep it at the maximum new ride height. At over 95,000 miles now, the front suspension is showing no signs of problems. I am due for a check on the ride height but will wait until I am also ready for a front end alignment. Except for a shock replacement, I don't think any changes should be made to the front suspension without an alignment check.
 
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Ball joints will wear out quick and you will have uneven tire wear as well.
 
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Originally Posted by Prerunner-Ranger View Post
Ball joints will wear out quick and you will have uneven tire wear as well.
What do you call quick? 95K miles seems like a lot to me and the ball joints don't indicate any problems. My original tires (BFG AT) lasted over 65K miles and had even wear. The current tires (Michelin LTX M/S) are wearing very little and show no signs of uneven wear. I expect them to last over 80k miles.
 
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I got 10k out of a set of ltx's.

Nice post.
 
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What happened to D.?
 
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Originally Posted by Dumpedmk3 View Post
I got 10k out of a set of ltx's.

Nice post.
I am approaching 30K with my LTX M/S tires and they show very little wear.
 
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at my work all we use on our e250 vans and f350 2wd 1tons is the ltx's. we drive about 2-300 miles a day and the most we got out of a set was 115k miles. not offroad vehicles or nothing but it still says alot... and which are the actual torsion bars. before i get my lift installed i wanna crank them myself bc the shop wants 50 bux just to crank em...
 
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What happened to D.?
he got a week long ban , and then told rf to go to hell,

to bad because i always looked for his posts , his truck is original to say the least and he was really good with the tech aspect of things.
 
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Originally Posted by Prerunner-Ranger View Post
Ball joints will wear out quick and you will have uneven tire wear as well.
i have to agree. i cranked mine and couldn't get a good alignment to save my life. after a set of tires and ball joints all the way around, i had to put them back to norm.

good post though
 
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posted before i looked
 

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This sticky has wrong info in it, if you crank your torsion bars it will pull the top of the wheels in, not push them out. So instead of it adding positive camber, it is subtracting it or adding negative camber. Either way, if you crank them enough, just get an alignment after if your camber is ****ty...
 
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Originally Posted by korey89 View Post
This sticky has wrong info in it, if you crank your torsion bars it will pull the top of the wheels in, not push them out. So instead of it adding positive camber, it is subtracting it or adding negative camber. Either way, if you crank them enough, just get an alignment after if your camber is ****ty...
Sry sir but you are wrong.
 
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Prove me wrong please
 
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Originally Posted by korey89 View Post
Prove me wrong please
I can think of multiple people, inlcuding myself, who have never had issues with camber and have cranked tbars. My tires wear fine also.
 
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lol leave it to Aaron to miss the whole point. Im just saying that d was wrong saying when you crank it adds positive camber, it adds negative.
 
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Originally Posted by korey89 View Post
lol leave it to Aaron to miss the whole point. Im just saying that d was wrong saying when you crank it adds positive camber, it adds negative.
x2. adds negative
 
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Originally Posted by korey89 View Post
Prove me wrong please
I'm not exactly sure how to explain it without pictures so how about you prove me wrong.
 
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Because I don't care enough to prove someone wrong who doesn't even have a ranger?
 
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Haha dang you are a cleaver one.
Not like a have to worry about that stuff anywase with my solid axle 3 link.
 

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