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A Safer way to unload torsion keys

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by thesnowman269, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 938

    those of you who service your own vehicles and have IFS and have ever had to do any transmisson or suspension work know that removing the torsion from a torsion key can be very dangerous. after having done this multiple times with gear pullers (as recomended in some repair manuals) and jacks (not recomended.... ever) and almost shitting my pants when i thought the torsion bar was going to unload unexpectedly. I decided it was time to come up with something just a little bit safer. heres what I did. just some u bolts a steel plate and a grade 8 bolt....... and yes i know its rusty and dirty :waving:

    torsion key tool.jpg
  2. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

  3. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 938

    I feel its a little safer then thoose tools as there's no way its going to slip, shift, or any of that when its on there. Don't get me wrong its still crazy but any tool you use for the job is going to be I feel. Plus this one essentially free
  4. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Never owned a torsion bar suspension truck, so I can't picture what either of those tools do.

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    I just take my trucks to a mechanic.
  6. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

  7. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    ya mines mostly for gm stuff. dont do much with 1/2 ton fords .
  8. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,468

    :laughing:......That would be me too!