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1993 K1500 Front Suspension

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Citrausa, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. Citrausa

    Citrausa Member
    Messages: 56

    I have a 1993 k1500. Looking for recommendations on wheel bearings, torsion bars and etc to help beef up the front end for plowing.

    Thank you
     
  2. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Replace all bearings, BJ's, tie rods, etc if they are worn with grease-able parts. Crank the T-bars for the winter or put in Timbrens but there is no making a 1/2 ton front end like a 3/4 or 1 ton with regular 1/2 ton parts.
     
  3. coke813

    coke813 Member
    Messages: 88

    I had a 98 K1500. All I did to it was tighten the torsion bars to lift the front about 1" higher for winter time. and I kept about 400lbs of ballast in the rear end. I was pushing a 7.5' western and didn't have any problems. I only used it for my house and a couple friends places, so no commercial work, but I loved the truck and it held up well for what I needed.
     
  4. Citrausa

    Citrausa Member
    Messages: 56

    I ended up purchasing a 1993 k2500. I will have to go thru all the front end to see what if anything needs replacement. Not sure about how to crank up the torsion bars and if the keys need replacement.
     
  5. coke813

    coke813 Member
    Messages: 88

    I think you only need new keys if you are tying to "lift" the front end of the truck significantly. On mine, there was plenty of thread on the bolts to turn it about 2-3 rotations and that lifted the front up just enough to counter the sag from the plow.
    If you haven't done it before, just find the bolts on the rear end of the torsion bars that point straight up. (one for each side) Measure your front end height before, and you turn the bolt "in" a little bit. then check for the height you want. Don't overdo it, just a little bit to keep from nose-diving when you have the plow raised.