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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-03-2000, 02:13 PM
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I am new to your group and I am sure this question has been asked before. I have a 99 GMC Sonoma 4X4 (not the highlander). I want to lift the front end an inch or two. If I tighten the stock torsion bars what problems will I create both on and off raod. I have seen some posts about after market torsion bars, are these neccessary for what I am wanting to do. I only want a little lift and do not want to pay the $$$$$ for a 4 plus inch lift. If I raise the front end and then lower it before I take the truck in for warranty work will the dealership be able to tell. My other question, does anybody know who makes a front tube stlye bumber/whinch mount to replace the stock one.

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Your CV joints will stand a bigger chance of being eaten up... I think that playing with the torsion bars is about the only way they'd get eaten up like that, and I would assume that the dealer would be able to tell (that and it wouldn't be particularly honest... (at least if you were taking it in for warranty work on the CV joints) [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img])...

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These bars are a really good, inexpencive way of lifting your vehicle 1 to 2". The adjustment cam is made to over crank and the material these bars are made from are made for off-road. I had the light duty bars witch are stock on all 4wd s-10's. I had the medium duty bars for the last 4 years and they are a really rough ride. Yes you can start to eat the CV's. Plus the ball joints will be next to go. The light bars are not made for that much tension on them. I have heard of two instances of them braking because they where cranked down all the way. To your last question yes, Me but I got to make mine first. Thinking of this design. (pic attached).

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Thank you for your input. I did some measureing on my truck and found the drivers side to be an inch lower than the passanger side. I measured top of the rim to the bottom of the fender. I also measured the front of the frame on each side and the exposed are of the bolt at the end of each torsion bar. I evened it out, 5.5 turns on the driver side.

If I up-grade to a heavier torsion bar will this also wear my the CVs and ball joints.

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It's not necessarily the torsion bars that wreak havoc on your CV's. It's purely the angles created from cranking them in too far...

A new set of torsions will be higher than stock until they "settle" enough to ride at the correct height...

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And then just reset them to the height yo want. Mine settled about 3" then had to reset them. Got another 1.5" over the stock medium bars. Could go more but its where I want them now. Once I get the a-arms fixed (lengthened) then I will crank evin more.

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