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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-15-2000, 09:03 PM
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torsion bars

i am going to have a 3" perfomance accessories body lift put on my s-10 4x4.
i have read in other postings that you can get extra clearance by adjusting the torsion bars but it my cause problems later on.
how much extra clearance is possible by adjusting the torsion bars?
can this be done in conjunction with the body lift?
can i get different torsion bars if needed?
if so how much would they cost (plus installation)?
when it comes to this type of stuff i'm totally lost.
thanks.

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Re: torsion bars

i have a 87 s15 jimmy with a 3" body lift and i have my torsion bars turn up a little bit( i think like 1" extra) i would not recommed doing alot more thenthat if you crank them up to far then hit a good bump i have seen them break
i know you can get replacement or aftermarket bars b ut i have know idea of the price. cranking them up is a very easy process just lift the front end off the ground and tight one bolt on each side and that is it. I don't know if this will help you but it will give you somthing to think about.
good luck!!

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Re: torsion bars

Keep in mind that the more your crank up your torsion bars, the less down travel your suspension has. Theoretically if you crank the torsions up all the way, you'll be left with no down travel at all... I think "WeaZle" on this board mentioned having access to some aftermarket torsion bars for your year truck, but I'm not totally sure.. Do a search for "torsion bars" on this board, and you'll find it... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

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Re: torsion bars

FYI, I measured the downward travel in the front mine (never adjusted t-bars) and got a wopping 2 1/2"!!!!!!! Pretty impressive eh? [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]
Mine bottoms out on the trail ALL the time, if you plan on much off road use the HD bars might not be a bad idea. You gotta ask Troy about that on though.

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Re: torsion bars

I heard my name called. Just got my truck back out of the shop with the second set of new bars. I agree with allterrain_87 that you can crank the stock light duty bars only about an inch. The Sway a Way bars that I have can give up to 2 1/2 inches more. Gave me 1 1/2 over the medium bars I had and a lot smoother ride. These are some really nice bars and totaly adjustable. They cost about $450 for the bars, installation and alignment. So they are not that cheap but a really good solution for those of you that want lift but dont want to spend 2 grand for a suspention kit and install. I recomend getitng the 2" body lift because not as much modifying (hoses, lines, linkages) and still looks good. Not a whole lot of frame showing. These bars and a 2" body with 31" would give alot of room up front for travel. Would be a really good combo.

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Re: torsion bars

Where / who has these HD bars? I'd like to call and see about ordering a pair.

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Re: torsion bars

Any one can Email me at [email protected] and I will give them the info.

-Troy 'WeaZle' McCarty

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Re: torsion bars

2.5" of downtravel??? That's with the antisway bar in place, I hope... I'll bet it gets quite a bit better without it, i would hope it does at least... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

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Re: torsion bars

I had the swaybar connected, but I jacked both front wheels off the ground so it wouldn't matter. I got board last weekend so I drove the Blazer up my ramps, one under the left front and one under the right rear. I got almost 4" total flex in the front (>2" compression and 2" extension) in the rear I got 12" (7" compression and 5" extension). I could have gotten a little more if I had higher ramps. What's with the swaybar connected.
Took a pic, but it will take me forever to finish the roll.

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Re: torsion bars

I'm going to be doing some messing around with my truck soon, including hopefully fabricating an antisway bar quick disconnect. I'll write more about that thing once I get around to figuring it out and fabricating it. It will be using parts that should be readily available from any scrap yard... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] That pic will be cool, if you don't mind, when you finish the roll, toss it up here if you remember by then... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img] [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img] I want to try and find some fairly simple things to get just a bit more travel out of the suspension. I doubt the CV's would handle too much more than it already gets though... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img] [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]


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