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Torsion bar problem...

Hey guys. I have a slight problem and was wondering if someone could give me a few pointers. I have an 04 Ranger and recently had the desire to raise my torsion bars and level my truck out some. So I pull the truck around back, jack it up and crawl under.. Well, to my surprise the torsion bar adjuster bolts are rounded off. I'd like to take these bolts out and replace them.. How exactly would I go about doing this? I figure I can't just pull them out... Theres got to be a list of precautions I need to take.. Like I said, all that I want to do is replace the adjuster bolts.. And I know I can get them out, but are there any tricks to it? Or can i just take em right out? Thanks!
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As long as they're not rounded off TOO bad just put a socket on them, take them out and put the new ones in!
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This should answer your questions:

https://www.ranger-forums.com/f15/t-bar-how-97289/

If you have any other questions, just ask.
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So, I can literally just pull them out? It won't throw anything out of line? I figured you'd have to brace something somewhere, or something ya know... It just sounds sketchy to just jump in there and pull it out without... Idk. Haha. Well thanks guys!
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make sure you measure how far out each is by counting how many turns it takes to take them out so your alignment doesnt get tossed out of wack. To make it easier, heat the bolts up til they turn red and then start turning them with the socket.

this is if they're not too rounded off
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DO NOT TRY AND TURN THE BOLTS OUT WHEN RED HOT!!!!!!!!!! I found out the hard way a few weeks ago when I had my friend try and take mine out. It just twisted right away and broke off. They will need to be heated with a propane torch at minimum... And with propane for at least several minutes. The bolts have blue loctite on them but it's the rust that will make it difficult.

Once you can get the bolts to turn it is very straight forward and easy to do
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Mine came out no problem, no heat or anything...
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Mine came out no problem, no heat or anything...
X2- I never has to heat those up?
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Or you could just find a bigger nut and just weld it on the bolt head. I rounded one of mine off and had to do that.
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Sweet. Thanks a lot guys. I mean, I've raised them up and down before on many a truck, just never really cared to mess with mine until the other day. So, jack it up, and I can pull the bolt straight out, no problems, and I'm good to throw a new one in. Thanks!
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