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Old 01-23-2012, 12:33 PM   #1
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I have a 2000 f-150 and I am thinking about cranking the stock torsion bars to level it out. Is that going to wear things in my front end faster or tear anything up in the long run? Also what effect will it have on gas milage?
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There are many threads on here that will answer all your questions. Just do a search
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There are many threads on here that will answer all your questions, just do a search
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or you could just answer the question for him. its simple.

it can put added stress on your front end but you should be ok, if youre really worried about wearing stuff out really quick dont max them out. i have had my tbars cranked for a year or more now and i havent had any trouble thus far with tie rods or ball joints. as far as gas mileage i dont think it really has an effect on it and if it does its not much. If and when you do crank them it wouldnt be a bad idea to have your truck aligned. cranking them will throw your angles off and could wear your tires unevenly.

As far as cranking them goes get a socket and a torque wrench or breaker bar i cant remember what size socket. lift the front end up off the ground when cranking them up to take any load off of the front end. Crank both adjustment bolts evenly. it easiest to crank one side and remember how many full turns you did and repeat to the opposite side. Also measure from the center of the wheel hub to the highest point of your wheel wells on both sides to double check the height is correct. after youre done, drive the truck around and check the height again. if its not at the height you like or one side is off compared to the other, redo steps until its correct.
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Thanks for the help.
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Another help to getting the same amount of turns is making a mark with a sharpie
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or you could just answer the question for him. its simple.

it can put added stress on your front end but you should be ok, if youre really worried about wearing stuff out really quick dont max them out. i have had my tbars cranked for a year or more now and i havent had any trouble thus far with tie rods or ball joints. as far as gas mileage i dont think it really has an effect on it and if it does its not much. If and when you do crank them it wouldnt be a bad idea to have your truck aligned. cranking them will throw your angles off and could wear your tires unevenly.

As far as cranking them goes get a socket and a torque wrench or breaker bar i cant remember what size socket. lift the front end up off the ground when cranking them up to take any load off of the front end. Crank both adjustment bolts evenly. it easiest to crank one side and remember how many full turns you did and repeat to the opposite side. Also measure from the center of the wheel hub to the highest point of your wheel wells on both sides to double check the height is correct. after youre done, drive the truck around and check the height again. if its not at the height you like or one side is off compared to the other, redo steps until its correct.
In reading the other threads I decided not to crank mine because of the added wear, even read where a few people broke their bars. This was only my opinion and wanted to make aware there were plenty of threads that would answer all his questions and maybe some he had not thought of.
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I have mine cranked and rides really ruff
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In reading the other threads I decided not to crank mine because of the added wear, even read where a few people broke their bars. This was only my opinion and wanted to make aware there were plenty of threads that would answer all his questions and maybe some he had not thought of.
i was just joking with you bro no hard feelings lol. yea i have heard of people breaking their bars but this is why you need to take the load off the front end. I have had no problems with wear, the people that have problems with wear are the people that buy aftermarket keys which personally i think is the DUMBEST idea. Aftermarket keys allow you to crank the bars more than you really should be able too putting a ton of stress on the front end.
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No worries, buying keys made no sense too me either, it does stiffen the ride, I may go an 1-1.5 but no more
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