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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-08-2000, 03:32 AM
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Torsion bars

Can someone give me thier opinion on cranking up the torsion bars? Shackles?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-08-2000, 11:23 AM
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you can adjust torsion bars in either direction without causing any problems as long as you keep within factory specs in regards to the front end allignment.

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Here i have a picture of my truck after i did it. This is the before shot and i'll post the after shot. But yeah it didn't hurt anything i had it alligned after i did it but you really don't need to.

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here is the after shot

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niffty...she's lookin good.

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Re: Torsion bars

Thanks for your help. Your truck looks great. Did it affect the ride? I've heard that it makes it a lot rougher...

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Hi, I did make the ride a lot thougher on mine. Feels more like a samurail now[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]. In any case. I like the feeling of feeling the road When you drive[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]. With the bars cranked up, I know it every time I hit a bump[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] But hey, you get a full inche more height[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img].

I did not have the opportunity to check my wheel bearings though, and one of them seems to be going away (front passenger side).I'm wondering if that could be related to the harder suspension [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]. Has anyone been losing bearings faster after cranking up the bars?

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it can happen, definitely. WHat you have you to worry about more are the CV joints! Make sure you check them for wear and tear(s) every once in a while...

what sucks is the wheel bearings are a one piece unit. If I'm not mistaken the cost for a bearing is about $300? Does that sound right?

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I don't know, I'll be looking into that soon but I havn't checked that yet. I'm not driving mutch with it right now because of winter, but I heard talks about 300 US a piece[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]. Damn! here goes another pay check[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]. I was also wondering, If this is a DIY job or you really should take it to the shop. I'd rather have it done myself to reduce the costs. Are there any Special tools I need to have or any special trick to have it removed?

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<font face="Comic Sans MS">For wheel bearings, when I took a look at some, they were about $100 each or there abouts. Special tools you'll need: 36mm (pretty deep) socket for the nut that holds the front axle shaft in to the hub, a torque wrench that reads up to about 200lbft (I think the torque spec is about 150lbft though, it's best to check all the specs in a manual, either haynes or factory service manual). That should be just about all you need in the way of tools. I'm not sure if it's best to pull the spindle to get it out of there or not, I'd guess no.
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