July 13, 2010I am getting ready to install the 6" lift on my truck.(94 Silverado). I have heard that you need a special tool for the t-bars. I have also heard that if you lift the truck up so there is no weight on the tires and run out the keys backwards that that will release the tension. Which is the case?
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July 13, 2010to install them you don`t absolutely need the tool but its your best bet and will save you alot of work. to install them all you do is lift your truck on the frame. remove the wheels, take the torsion bolt and block out, slide your torsion bar out. put your leveling torsion key in the same way you took the stock one out. put your torsion block and bolt back in. put your tires back on lower the truck. once your are done measure both the driver side and passenger side from the ground to your fender above the tire to make sure that your truck is level. they have videoes on youtube on how to do them. one thing i would do is spray your torsion keys with pb blaster or something like that a couple days before, do this to help get them off becaused they can be a SOB.
July 13, 2010I`m not changing the keys. Will this still work? I am installing a full 6" lift that requires dropping the lower control arms and torsion bar crossmember. Will doing it the way you described still work?
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July 13, 2010if u take the keys out that will release all the pressure. but if u just lower them to the bolt block there will still be pressure. be sure to post some pics when your done and let me know how smooth everything goes cuz i think i got my wife talked into buying me the same lift for christmas. i already have 35`s i would like to go up to at least 38`s.
July 14, 2010Sometimes just taking out the bolt is enough to relieve the tension in the torsion bars to remove the threaded block and remove the key. The early to mid 90`s trucks had some pretty stout bars sometimes so your best bet is if there is somewhere near you that you can rent the right tool for the job. If not you can use a 2-jaw gear or bearing puller. And if that option is not available you may be able to get a pipe wrench on the torsion bar to twist it enough to get the threaded block out.
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