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2002 Ram 1500 4x4..

I want to level the front end a bit, and I understand that I can just tighten the torsion bars by about 4-5 complete turns to do so?

What size socket do I need to do this?

Any 'side effects' of doing this? Do I need to get it re-aligned?
 

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I can't remember for sure, 9/16 or 5/8. Yes, you will need to get the alignment checked after you are done. I cranked mine 5 times, and got 1 1/2 inches of lift, then I swapped the shocks for longer ones and got another 1/2 inch. I think the stock shocks limit lift.
 

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18mm. I did mine 3.5 turns and it rides/stops/handles fine. Only thing I noticed is that the pull it used to have to the left at highway speeds got a little stronger....still barely noticeable though. The new position of the wheels my increase the "off-ness" of whatever is slightly out of alignment. I'm getting it aligned in the next month or so anyways.
 

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Dang.. I went out to go 'crank em' .. but the drivers side is inaccessible without removing some 'stuff'.. the passenger side, I tried but couldn't get it to move.. I may have to get a 'breaker bar' to get that sucker to turn..

Should I lift the front of the truck off the ground with a jack to do this??
 

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Mine was on the ground, and actually facing downhill so there was more weight shifted to the front suspension. I used just a regular Craftsman 1/2 inch drive ratchet and shallow 18mm socket. It was in fact rather hard to turn, but I just went 1/4-turn at a time.

What is in the way....skid plate of some sort? They should be pretty much out in the open.
 

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cal_gecko said:
Dang.. I went out to go 'crank em' .. but the drivers side is inaccessible without removing some 'stuff'.. the passenger side, I tried but couldn't get it to move.. I may have to get a 'breaker bar' to get that sucker to turn..

Should I lift the front of the truck off the ground with a jack to do this??
Yeah, getting the front up will make it much easier to turn them.
 

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Hmm.. turns out I was trying to crank the wrong thing (d'oh!)... I was trying to tighten the crossmember bolt... LOL .. didn't realize the adjustment for the torsion bar was perpendicular to the actual torsion bar!!! LOL... I went out and adjusted them a few minutes ago.. when you're trying to turn the correct bolt, it's a lot easier :)
 

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Can you only do this adjustment on half ton trucks or can you do it on 3/4 tons too?
 

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fyi - I just had my torsion bars adjusted at the dealership. The truck looks much better (40 inches from the top of the wheel well to the ground on all 4 now). Also, the dealership said this will have no impact on the warranty.
 
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