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i tried to crank my t bars yersterday on my 2004 level 2 and they wouldnt go. well one would turn and the other one wouldnt i done the same thing to my 1999 ranger and they went fine is there anything different i need to do to the 2004 ranger thanks let me know. tyler
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get a bigger bar and torque that sum bich
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i had a 1/2 rachet on them and they wouldnt move i was afraid of breaking the bolts or do they just turn really hard i cant remember if my 1999 rangers did or not
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they are very hard to turn.
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Old 08-28-2007
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Wd40
or jack up the truck

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when i did mine i had the front in the air and still had to use my legs pushing on the rachet to get them to turn so they are just really hard to turn in. just do like bigwill said and use some wd and then go to town with them.
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Use a cheater bar on the ratchet, I had to use a 3 foot bar to get em to budge.
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make sure the weight of the truck is OFF the front of it......jack the truck up via the FRAME!.....then try...
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Went to crank mine yesterday and unfortunately my 2ft pull bar was MIA. Sooo had to resort to the 1/2'' ratchet with a little leg power.
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this is what i did to do mine i went down my basement and grabbed the elbogrease and did a lot of screaming and yelled everyname in the book just make sure you use a 13mm socket
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jacks-13mm long handled sockets-biggest hammer you have that's how i did it. don't get crazy with hammer though. just to start it.
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becareful as you are putting all that force on the wrench.... I had it slip off once and the wrench cracked my head open. I have also split a socket in two pieces turning those.

I am so glad I dont have those any more
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what would happen if i tightened my drivers side bolt most of the way down and equaled it on the passangers side?
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becareful as you are putting all that force on the wrench.... I had it slip off once and the wrench cracked my head open. I have also split a socket in two pieces turning those.

I am so glad I dont have those any more
same thing happened to me i was pulling hard as i could then snap the socket broke and the ratchet went to my forehead..i swear every cuss word i could think of was said..lol now i use a 3ft cheater bar if i need to crank them
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Cussin at t bars

I am preacher and they even made me cuss a little, or maybe alot, but nobody was around!!! lol
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what would happen if i tightened my drivers side bolt most of the way down and equaled it on the passangers side?
uh..... the truck would sit the way it supposed to?


Step 1 Jack up front of truck.
Step 2 Place frame of truck on jackstands.
Step 3 Locate tools you think you need.
Step 4 Crawl under truck with tools.
Step 5 Crawl out from under truck to find lost 13 mm socket you swore you had.
Step 6 Crawl back under truck ,place socket over bolt,turn ratchet.
Step 7 Reverse ratchet to turn proper direction.
Step 8 Push/pull on ratchet while screaming nasty language.
Step 9 Crawl out from under truck.
Step 10 Fetch MAPP gas torch from garage to loosen the #$$%!&*^ LOCKTITE the factory thought it was a good idea to put on the t-bar bolts.
Step 11 You know where you're going.
Step 12 Crawl back out . You forgot the torch igniter.
Step 13 Light torch.
Step 14 Crawl back under there!
Step 15 Put out fire on pants leg.
Step 16 Aim torch at base of bolt threads. Hold it there for a minuite or two.
Step 17 Place socket on bolt.
Step 18 Turn off torch,Put out pantsleg fire.
Step 19 Turn ratchet until bolt makes 4 revolutions.
Step 20 Repeat above for opposite side t-bar.
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hehe that right there is funny ^^^^^^
Could i use these http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/3-Lif...spagenameZWDVW along the T- bars tightened to gain 5" off lift?
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junk! they are supposed to help out the geometry on your t-bars and crap..but still if u cant crank your t bars 2 inches and throw in a 2'' key to give ya 4 inches..what is advertised is what u get for lift...someone correct me if im wrong but i think thats how it works...cuz i asked with using those on my 4'' suspension lift i had and zac told me it was a big no no. so i said screw it and started a SAS on my rig
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when i was cranking t bars on my 02 edge the drivers side would not move at all, i had to use a 6ft bar to turn that mother... , i replaced driver side bolt yesterday cause i rounded the original trying to crank it and the new bolt went in and tightened like butter, it might have been cause my tbars are sagged too, either way spray some rust buster on it and make sure u use a 6 point socket lol
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strange... when i've cranked mine, the bolts turned freely without any wd40 and i didn't have to strain at all to get them to move. (the truck was not jacked up, btw) the whole process took about ten minutes.
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I forgot to jack my truck up also and had no problem turning them with a breaker bar.
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Could i use these http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/3-Lif...spagenameZWDVW along the T- bars tightened to gain 5" off lift?
No. You are limited by the max extended length of the shocks.
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