Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars? | TigerDroppings.com

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Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


I'm thinking about doing this, any cons?






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CBLSU316
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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


Yep.....won't hurt anything really, just make sure and get an alignment after.





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sloopy
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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


Are my tires going to look really small?





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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


What size tires and what model truck?





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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


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get an alignment after.






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LouisianaChessie
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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


You can crank your factory keys as much as you want but do not stick those frickin ford keys in your Chevy (I assume this is what your talking about.) good by decent ride. Good by suspension. Good by at least one cv boot.

To answer your question.. Yes. I have done it a half dozen times and its easy.



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sloopy
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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


yukon with 265 70 R16 BFG All terrains





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Bandit30
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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


If its a Chevy don't do just get a leveling kit. Have heard it rides like shite.





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CBLSU316
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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


You'll be ok, just get some 33's on the next set of tires.

I'm assuming this is a pre-07 Yukon?



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sloopy
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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


Don't really care how it rides, don't want to spend money.





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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


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any cons?


You'll need a front end alignment and you'll wear out front suspension stuff faster. How much faster depends on how ignorant you get with it. Picking the front end up an inch or less generally doesn't noticeable affect your ride quality and accelerated suspension wear will be due to the bigger tires you'll inevitably want to put on rather than the change in geometry.

Max them out and you'll start eating parts and tires. Don't do it.

The way I did mine was pretty easy but took some time. I Measure the distance from the top of your tire to the top of the fender well. I jacked the front of my truck up until the tires were off the ground (and used jackstands of course). I got a piece of soapstone and marked each bolt and the crossmember so that I could make sure I evenly adjusted each one. Turned each one a half turn (or a whole turn, don't remember exactly), set it back down (pretty violently to help set everything), jumped up and down on the bumper, and measured again. I figured out how much lift a half turn got me, and then figured how much higher I wanted to go, and then figured out how many turns that would be, and got it where I wanted it to be.

I highly recommend doing it to any 4x4. It drastically improves the appearence for only the cost of a front end alignment. Just don't go to high or you'll start tearing shite up

ETA: If you only go up a half inch or so and are very careful to adjust each side the exact same amount, you can PROBABLY get away without a front end alignment. Look up on the internets how to measure the toe-in and caster/camber and all that good shite and you can determine for yourself if it's outta wack bad enough or not.

I picked mine up 1" and did not get a front end alignment and was perfectly fine.



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sloopy
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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


Well I should preface this by it is an 03 with 210,000 miles, probably doesn't have much longer in it so I won't be buying new/bigger tires.





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CBLSU316
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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


DownShift know what he is talking about.

Git R Dun Sloop






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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


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210,000


With no front end work?

Crank them frickers and roll. You'll more than likely just be getting it a hair higher than it was when it was new. That shite sags over the years.






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sloopy
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Only thing I have done to it is a new alternator.





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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


Crank em and go.

Just don't go up more than roughly an inch. With the factory sized tires you definitely shouldn't wear anything out faster than normal.

Just make sure you measure all the tire stuff to see if you need a front end alignment. If you're careful there's a good chance you won't need one.






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sloopy
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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


Forgive my stupidity I really don't know shite about cars/trucks. Front end alignment the same as getting all four tires aligned?





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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Has anyone lifted/leveled their truck by cranking the bolts on the torsion bars?


I don't think they do all four tires, just the front two. I'm pretty sure a 4 corner alignment is a separate deal.

It's just to adjust everything to make your tires square again after you jack it up. It keeps them from wearing out in all kinds of fricked up ways and keeps your truck from diving off the road if you let go of the steering wheel.






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sloopy
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Gotcha. Thanks





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sloopy
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Anyone happen to know the size of the bolts on an 03 yukon? to lazy to walk out side and size it up.





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