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torsion key lifts???

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by chris694205, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. chris694205

    chris694205 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    was thinking about adding the 3 inch leveling/lift kit to my 03 2500hd... ive heard some mixed reviews on them but i want some added height and bigger tires, but i dont want something drastic. so i was thinkin about the keys and maybe blocks or extra leaf in the back.. what would you guys reccommend
  2. marylandbigb

    marylandbigb Member
    Messages: 86

    i had the 07 2500HD ccsb diesel classic body added the torsion keys and added a 1 " lift block in rear fit LT2857516 under it without rubbing and the truck looked good
  3. cubanb343

    cubanb343 Senior Member
    from ERIE
    Messages: 637

    x2 what he said^^^^ truck sits perfectly level even when plow is raised. Handles it well, and looks better too
  4. bersh

    bersh Senior Member
    Messages: 169

    Just getting the keys alone is a waste of money - just crank your bars as that's all the keys are doing. You should get a kit with shock extenders if you want to go over about 2" of lift in the front as you'll be topping out your shocks too often otherwise.
  5. chris694205

    chris694205 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    yea thats what i ordered... along with the 2 inch blocks in the back
  6. nevrnf

    nevrnf Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    Just cranking up the factory key will not get you as much lift as aftermarket. You might get 1 1/2 stock and 2 1/2 - 3 with the aftermarket. Also get a full replacement block that is steel for teh rear. Some of the low cost kits have an Aluminum block you stack on the factory and they are prone to failure.
  7. chris694205

    chris694205 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    ok guys.. i started my torsion key lift with the blocks in the back... do you know of any tricks to take the factory keys off the torsion bars??? mine are a huge pain in the A$$
  8. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    Chris, first things first spray the T bar where they go into the cross member and front control arms down real good with FF, You may need to heat them to get them out. Either buy the T Bar tool to unwind the bar or if you are real careful a bottle jack in the right position in the pork chop will unload the torsion bar. Jack the front end up to take the weight off the front tires and of course jack stands before you get under the truck. Tale the pressure of the pork chop with a bottle jack or the correct tool pull the block out and release the jack on the pork chop. Now the hard part getting the T bar out of the pork chop, this is where heat may help. First and foremost be very careful when unloading the T bars bad things can happen if that jack slips so stay clear of the jack and T bars at all times.

    Good Luck Mike
  9. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I'm sorry, but that sounds like a trip to the ER or morgue. The proper tool can purchased or borrowed from a GM dealer. In a pinch some guys have used a good quality 2 jaw puller.
  10. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    Sorry but I don't know of a single GM Dealer will Loan you a tool to do this. Maybe rent one from a auto parts store. This is why I said if you do use a bottle jack you have to be damn careful when you do this. I do think you should use the proper tools for the job.

  11. bru z71

    bru z71 Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    you need a tool to do it if you go 2 fat bobs garage on line they have a kit that comes with the tool shock extensions and kets and a block for the rear end we did it in my buddys truck he has the same thing as you its easy as f... to do but i would get a 2 inch up front 3 looks funny
  12. chris694205

    chris694205 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    yea i have a special tool used for removing U joints.. it makes it easy to take the tension the bars... but my problem is getting the damn keys off of the bars.. i guess ill just have to use more heat and a bigger hammer
  13. bru z71

    bru z71 Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    Get a old ****** shocket a pair of vice grips hold the shocket. With the grips get your strongest buddy a 10. Lb sleg hammer. And swing away that's how we got them off