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torsion bar adjustment

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by stanza, Nov 7, 2003.

  1. stanza

    stanza Member
    from cny
    Messages: 72

    does anyone know how to adjust the torsion bars on a 2003 gmc 2500 hd?

    will the adjustment lift the front end up any?
    It has the snowplow prep package but it seems so low to the ground.

    I just bought the timbrens for the front and will be installing them tonight.
    Just ordered the 8' western ultra mount..

    that thing looks so cool im just gonna drive around with it on.

    tanks arot: salute:
  2. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Try the Timbrens first.If it still squats more than you like,then go up on the torsion bars a few turns.4-6 turns will usually do it.

    Mark the bolt heads,and turn them slowly clockwise,on both sides.It will give you a small amount of lift.
  3. stanza

    stanza Member
    from cny
    Messages: 72

    what would happen if i turned them up till they cant turn anymore?
  4. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    It would ride like a tank.DON'T do it.
  5. kawdude

    kawdude Senior Member
    Messages: 105

    My 88 rides like a farm wagon with the plow off and the bars cranked, only crank them up to a happy medium, so it carries the plow good and still rides ok while the plow is off.
  6. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    You can turn them back down in the spring if you don't like the ride quality.
  7. BWhite

    BWhite Senior Member
    Messages: 496

    Hello GM

    There seems to be a need for cab operated torsion bar adjusting
  8. kawdude

    kawdude Senior Member
    Messages: 105

    Turning them back down would require me to crawl under a rusty old truck with tools. HAHA no way.:D
  9. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,138

    Chris,with all the talk of torsion bar adjustment lately have you ever seen any shock damage due to overtightening of the bars?The stickers on the bar say to return the bars to the factory setting after removing the added accs. from the front.
    I doubt anybody does(i don't) but they claim it could be dangerous?
  10. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    I have seen shocks damaged by cranking the bars.The suspension tops out all the time,and damages the shocks.

    If you just turn them up 4-6 turns,it's fine.If you have to urn them up more to support something heavy,turn them back down when it comes off.
  11. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425


    Turn clockwise to raise

    Counterclockwise to lower

    The bolts will turn easier if you jack up the front
    end some !

    NOTE: I punchmark the bolt head and the frame
    for a reference point.
    Then in winter turn the bolt X times to raise.
    Then in summer turn bolt X times to lower
    back .

    NO alignment done so far...Also NO excessive
    tire wear or front end gear damage........geo
  12. I just did my a couple of weeks ago.. 6 turns total.. raised the truck just over an inch.. The ride is still acceptable.
    Basically it rides more like a truck.
    I dont have timberens yet....:D
  13. sbrennan007

    sbrennan007 Senior Member
    Messages: 350

    B4 Timbrens


  14. sbrennan007

    sbrennan007 Senior Member
    Messages: 350

    Add Timbrens

    Timbrens and about 6 turns on the Torsion Bars. Measure from the bottom of the frame to the ground before adjustment and then after adjustment.

    I raised mine 1.5". Don't be supprised if one side requires more turns than the other to keep it level.

    front timbrens.jpg
  15. sbrennan007

    sbrennan007 Senior Member
    Messages: 350

    After Timbrens

    All we need is snow now...

  16. sbrennan007

    sbrennan007 Senior Member
    Messages: 350

    Speaking of SNOW

    First snow of the season... :drinkup:

    110803 first snow.jpg
  17. Mine didnt sag that bad... of course yours is a extended cab, maybe thats why...