I have a 2000 4dr Blazer 4.3. I was thinking of adding an add a leaf in the rear and then lifting the front. Can I adjust the torsion bars to add an extra inch or so? (all I am after is 1-2 inches) I only use the truck to hunt in the backwoods and a little extra ground clearence would help. I am running factory 235/70R15 Uniroyal Laredo's now but hope to up to somthing a little bigger . Also, if I raised the torsion bars up, would it hurt my cv joints on the front end?
Any time the CV's run at higher angles or their normal running angle more wear will occur.. Also looking at ball joints and hub bearings.. (Damn I got to replace another one of those..) You can get another inch form the stock light bars.. 'Cranking' the bars can cause probles and I have seen two instances where they have broken.. Ride becomes a LOT harsher.. You need an alignment.. Many people have done it and yes it is easy but these are the problems you could run into.. I have a line on Sway-A-Way HD torsion bars that can give up to 2 1/2" of lift.. The ride is a ton better with these bars and you use the full travel of your suspention..
If you only want a "little lift" just get a body lift from performance accessories for $150. It's the easiest way to go and an afternoons work. Depending on the year a 2" or 3". Then later on if you DECIDE you want more, then do something to the suspension. It will be alot easier than suspension mods and cheaper too. Like no front end alignment or cv angle problems!!
Weazle, I was wondering about that too. What do those things cost, what would I be lookin at for install charges, and did you have to do anything different with your lift since the t-bars were different?
My whole suspention is aftermarket.. Rancho 3", 2" body, and the SAW bars... I have looked forever on these bars and finaly found a shop in Bakersfield CA with a few collecting dust.. They are $269 a pair with the splined adjuster arms.. I also payed $150 for install and an alignment.. I would have done the install but did not have the tool.. E-me direct for phone number of the place.. For some reason they did not want free advertising on the internet [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img].. Said he did not want this info posted.. Whatever.. BTW Sway-A-Way does not make these bars anymore.. They have been discontinued for about 8 years.. This is the ONLY place that has them..