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Old 01-05-2011
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Torsion bar issue

Hi guys I have a 2001 ranger edge 4x4 with 185K miles on it. The front of my truck is sagged way down and looks like hell. I have tried cranking my t-bars a few different times with wd-40 a few days in advance each time. The bolts do not want to hardly budge. I squeezed 2 full cranks out of each side and came up with a measurement of only a half inch higher! My last truck was an explorer and the t bars in there went up 2 inches in like 3 turns... Any insight appreciated! Thanks!
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Did you jack the from of the truck up so the wheels weren't touching the ground??

Your bars may be almost wore out.



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Yeah I did, and I'm thinking they might be wore out too... But there is plenty of room left to crank on the adjustment bolt I would think it would still come up more than ~1/4" for one full turn...
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id say they are worn out..
have the bars been cranked for most of the 185k?
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It also depends on what bars are in the truck. I put the heaviest bars I could get under mine and with the weight of the stuff on my front end, they're sagging already.

Jack it up and then crank them some more and report back.


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No idea to be honest I got the truck with 180k on it. If I were to guess though I would say no though because there is a lot of screw left to go up with but i'm definately no mechanic lol. Would the fact they are the stiffer b bars have anything to do with it?
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Will do. Hopefully I'll have some tomorrow or this weekend for sure.
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FYI. One bolt will bottom out before the other. When that happens leave the bottomed out bolt alone and level the other side to that one by measuring. I forget which is which but I "think" the drivers side bottoms out first.


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Alright thanks a lot for the tip!
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check out a junkyard for some cheap new bars..
look for #1 bars.. they are the stiffest.. then "B" is mids and "F" bars are the softest.
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check out a junkyard for some cheap new bars..
look for #1 bars.. they are the stiffest.. then "B" is mids and "F" bars are the softest.
Just a quick questions. How do I tell which t bars i got. Is there a number on the bars or somewhere I can check? Thanks a bunch!
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look on your door jam and look under SPR
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You might also want to try some PB blaster istead of the WD. Seems to soak in better.
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heat the bolt til its red and crank it
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What bars do you have? Sounds like they might be worn out.
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will fx4 tbars work on the older rangers?
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yeah they will. i believe they have #1 bars. probably easy just to order brand new #1 bars the code for them are in a few different threads on here.
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Not all do actually. Both my roommate's '07 FX4 (basic trim) and my '09 FX4 (fully loaded) have the B bars, where a buddy of mine's '10 4wd sport model has the #1 bars.. odd, but fair enough I guess. I've driven both and honestly I couldn't tell the difference. My grandpa's '07 2wd 3.0L sport has the F bars and I noticed that it was a touch softer..

And yes, the drivers side will bottom out before the passenger side - which is kinda ridiculous IMO as thats the side with more weight on it usually due to the driver, which means it *technically* should wear out faster. However, thats probably not the case as my passenger side t-bars settled in more than the drivers side and I had to overcrank the passenger side to get mine to level out. Odd. I also only got an inch or so by cranking mine to max (even with aftermarket bolts), but I have a set of HD airshocks awaiting install to sort that problem out. LR
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#1 bars F67Z-5B326-FB, F67Z-5B326FA.
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