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leaveling kit vs cranking up the torsion bars

leaveling kit vs cranking up the torsion bars

Postby ggoodwin [OP] » Feb 15 2011, 11:22pm

Hello everyone, i have a 2006 Silverado 1500 and I'm wondering if i should just go ahead and buy a 2.5 inch leveling kit or to just crank up the torsion bar keys

Which one is better to do?
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Re: leaveling kit vs cranking up the torsion bars

Postby EKinMN » Feb 16 2011, 5:04am

Torsion bar crank is easy (but you have to do an alignment afterward). It will make your ride more firm.
Leveling kit will not impact your ride, but costs more.

I vote for the leveling kit.
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Re: leaveling kit vs cranking up the torsion bars

Postby LBZDMAX » Feb 16 2011, 5:15am

Leveling kit is the way to go. Cranking em up will make the truck ride like ass.
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Re: leaveling kit vs cranking up the torsion bars

Postby buckelk » Feb 16 2011, 5:46am

From everything I have read leveling kit. I just posted an interesting article from Bilstein...it does a decent job explaining some of the perils of torsion bar adjustments.
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Re: leaveling kit vs cranking up the torsion bars

Postby EKinMN » Feb 16 2011, 6:27am

I bought my Colorado in May of 2004...first model year. I cranked the t-bars in June (and had it re-aligned under warranty...yeah, I still feel guilty about that). I then towed a boat, pretty much at the max rating of the truck. I kept the truck until last October, at 85,000 miles. I never had a torsion bar issue, a CV joint issue, or anything else in the front end. The ride suffered a little, but not much.
I would never worry about a slight torsion lift, just to level the truck.
That said, the ride difference is better if you do the spacer lift or the bilstein option.
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Re: leaveling kit vs cranking up the torsion bars

Postby bhall88 » Mar 01 2011, 3:32pm

Its all up to you. If you dont mind a stiffer ride then cranking the T-bars only takes about 10 min. but the leveling kit will cost some $ and take a little longer to install. But cranking the bars wont hurt anything, Ive done it to every truck I've had that has the T-bars. Just to keep it looking like a dog in heat, I cant stand the rear being higher than the front
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Re: leaveling kit vs cranking up the torsion bars

Postby justin.smith68 » Jan 26 2012, 2:53pm

I would go with cranking up the t-bars to save some money but u have to be careful and keep an eye on your cv axels because when they get out of wack you will start breaking them.
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