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Torsion bar clarification

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by hob0918, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. hob0918

    hob0918 Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 7

    Hey guys, I have been going over the old posts about cranking the torsion bars. I would appreciate if somebody could chime in and tell me if my thinking is correct here.
    ----Cranking the torsion bars does not change how far the front will sag when the plow is
    raised, it just changes the initial height from where the sag occurs. (ie.--if the truck sagged 2 inches before the torsion bars were cranked, it still sags 2 inches after they are cranked but you have higher clearances because you started the sag form a greater height.)

    I hope you guys can follow that.

  2. geereed

    geereed Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    That is correct.
  3. hillndale

    hillndale Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 60


    So what do Timbrens do for sag? Can you just have the Timbrens installed and not crank the torsion bars?

  4. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Cheek out Albany spring's web site it will explain them their..

    Look for the banner in the upper left:rolleyes:
  5. Antnee77

    Antnee77 PlowSite.com Addict
    from RI
    Messages: 1,056

    Sure you can. I have them in my truck and I havn't touched the T-Bars. They replace the factory bump stop and absorb a lot of the weight. It does a little bit for sag, but they are more effective in saving your front suspension. $150 well spent, IMO.
  6. hillndale

    hillndale Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 60

    I'm definately going for the Timbrens, but I've heard mixed opinions on the T Bar adjust. Some say it effects ride. Some folks might be over-adjusting. I've heard 2,3,4, & 5 turns suggested. and that it's said to check the alignment after the adjust. I just got a brandy new '06 2500HD and I don't want to do anything to mess up the front end. I'm sure the plow will provide the opportunity to mess it up anyway if I'm not careful.


  7. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Meyer tech bulletin 1-718R gives Chevy's's recommended torsion bars settings.
    PM me with your email and I will sending to you.
  8. Rcgm

    Rcgm Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    Just the topic I was looking for. I have a 1500 chevrolet 4X4 and I was wanting to do the same thing with the torsion bars.Who can you get to do this for you? Hey basher if you have the specs for a 1500 chevy 4x4 2004 I would love to have them:redbounce
    PM me

    Thanks Brad
  9. Rbronkema psfd

    Rbronkema psfd Member
    Messages: 32

    An alingment shop will do it for you. Seeing as how you will probably have to bring it there after you crank the t-bars anyways.
  10. Rcgm

    Rcgm Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    Well I turned the torsion bars up today leveled out the truck I didn't notice anything in the steering or ride? Or is the best yet to come?:confused:
  11. nsmilligan

    nsmilligan PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 704


    If you crank the torison bars
    1: the truck will sit higher without the plow raised ( measure between the top of the tire and bottom of the fender) 6 turns on my 3500 SRW raise it about 1.5"
    2. The truck will sit higher with the plow raised and all through the range.
    3. Because the truck front end sits higher after cranking the bars, it will slightly change the static chamber settings on the front wheels, and that's why you should have the alignment checked , unless your running plow tires and turning the bars back to stock for the off season, and want to get maximum life from your tires.