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front shocks

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by tnafab, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. tnafab

    tnafab Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    I just put one of our old boss 7'6" plows on a chev 1/2t 1998 as a spare or back up truck just incase one of our other trucks goes down. Im thinking of cranking up the torsion bars???? Any suggestion how much i should go? Whatsize and type of shocks are you guys running in the front end? I also have a set of timbrens sitting around should i throw them in or just do shocks and crank it up??

    THanks guys!!!!! Let it Snow
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,391

    Shocks do nothing to support a load.
    Turn up the bars a few turns then see how the truck squats, repeat as necessary.
    Fyi....lift the front of the truck to turn the bars.
  3. coke813

    coke813 Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    In my old 98, I turned the torsion bars just to lift the front end about 1" higher than stock. That's all I needed to keep it riding level. Of course I also had like 400# of ballast in the back of the bed.
    To get the 1" lift I think I only had to turn the bolts a couple of rotations. Its not a whole lot, so turn them a little bit and check out the truck's stance. I did not modify any other suspension components, and I had no complaints with the performance.
  4. plowin boy

    plowin boy Member
    Messages: 88

    absolutely put the timbrens on. I will never have another truck without them. Makes for a rougher ride when the plow isn't on but well worth it imo.