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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-19-2003, 02:12 PM
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Hello everyone. I have a pretty simple question. I have a 2003 Z71 and someone told me i could tighten my torsion bar all the way and add a 2 inch block under the rear u-bolts and achieve a 2 inch lift. First is this a true statement and second are there any downsides to doing this? I dont have the money to do the suspension lift and i dont really want to do a body lift. Any comments/help would be greatly appreciated!!!
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1.Yes its true.
2. yes there is a down side. Since you are increasing the angles on all the front end parts you will wear them out quicker...ball joints, steering components, CVs and everthing else. You can crank it about 1" and it wount hurt it to bad, then it would make the truck sit level.
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Thanks for the info!!! Do you have a better suggestion for leveling the vehicle??? (without spending every penny i have)..
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There is no cheap way to lift a vehicle. Other than crankin the tbars 1". There are lift kits that advertise 2-3" lift for about a few hundred dollars but they are even worse for your truck.
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I appreciate everyones help. Should i tighten the tbar all the way or is that really bad for my truck. I am not looking to do a lift on the truck, i just want to level it. I keep hearing differant stories that it is bad for the truck and others say it doesnt hurt it. It seems that in order to level the truck the tbars will have to be tightened all the way..
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Well it should only take about 1" to level the truck... And as stated above, tightening the bars to achieve 1" of lift is not too bad apparently...

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You can tighten all the way and you won't hurt the truck, but it will ride about a nice as a sketeboard because your susp will have almost no downtravel. If you crank on them at all you should get an alignment. Personally if you're not trying to fit bigger tires or stop rubbing offroad my preference is to leave it alone but hey maybe if I could afford a 2003 truck I'd think different
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Idano who told you it won't mess up the truck to crank them all the way. You will destroy your CV shafts, along wiht other things.... unless your truck never rolls....
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I had an S-10 that way for years and I have a buddy who did it to his fulsize. The S rode rough but kept the tires out of the fenders ..... the fulsize however rides so rough that I can't stand to ride in it. ....... I guess I should say that you won't instantly destroy your truck but you'll add wear and tear and possibly require more maintenance. I didn't have any troubly with the S and my buddy hasn't broken anything on his fullsize so far (close to a year now)
but I didn't mean to sound like it was GOOD for the truck. I have a 91 ext cab 1/2 ton 4x4 for a dd and I keep it stock cause it rides better and have a couple of wilder rides for offroad.
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My 96 k1500 has a 14bolt sf axle with 3/4 ton springs. It rides a couple of inches higher than stock. I adjusted my t-bars 1" to compensate for the difference. It looks level enough. I have broken 1 cv joint due to the increased angle, but for $80 and some tools, I can replace them. The axle broke after more than 70,000 miles. As stated earlier, just don't overdo it. Do 1" and check to see how it sits. If it looks ok, live with it. If you need more, go for it, but expect some wear and tear on the front end.

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