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what went wrong?

so i tried to crank my bars but the bolt would not turn...now i did not use a floor jack could this be a reason. also do u turn the bolt tighter or more loose? i read the ranger station directions but they were so non detailed.
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turn them tighter.. and get a cheater bar on your rachet
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I turned mine with a standard 1/2 in driver after changing my oil. Put it up on jack stands and Use some muscle.
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turn them tighter.. and get a cheater bar on your rachet
Whats a cheater bar? I was cranking them also and my passenger bolt head stripped as I was about three-four turns from getting it even with the drivers?
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cheater bar is anythin you slide over the handle of the ratched to make it longer to get more leverage..
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Whats a cheater bar? I was cranking them also and my passenger bolt head stripped as I was about three-four turns from getting it even with the drivers?

This scares me.

I use my lug wrench as a cheater bar. Sometimes it is better than a straight peice of pipe since you can put it at funky angles.
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This scares me.

I use my lug wrench as a cheater bar. Sometimes it is better than a straight peice of pipe since you can put it at funky angles.
What scares you?

Thanks for the tip by the way!
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alright i got a torque wrench that should easily work i was using a cheapo one from big lots i didnt wanna pull too hard and fudge my truck up and strip the bolts i'l try it again in the morning. thanks guys
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Having the tires off the ground makes it SO much easier. Think of it this way: with the tires on the ground, you're trying to pull the tire towards you even though it has all of the weight of the truck on it, just by turning a bolt. That'll take a lot of muscle or a lot of leverage. With the tires off the ground, it can move side to side with no weight on it.

AS FOR STRIPPING THE BOLT HEAD!!!!!!!!!! As a fix, I used a file to file it down to a 14mm instead of the original 15mm. Just make sure all the edges are clean and even.
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