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Torsion bar unloading tool?

Postby ppoopruitt1 [OP] » Jul 22 2011, 12:32pm

Ok so I ordered my Zone 6" lift today and they are saying I need a torsion bar unloading tool to properly install this lift (because I will be installing it myself). Now I am asking around to see do I really need this tool? Or can it be done without it?
Because I have seen the tool and all it looks like to me is a c clamp with some nipple type ends on it. It costs about $100 for the tool, expensive little sucker, and I really don't want to pay that price for something I'm going to use probably once. With that being said though if I absolutely need this tool and can't complete the install without it then I will buy it.
Just thought I would ask you guys about it.
Thanks
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Re: Torsion bar unloading tool?

Postby Mashbox » Jul 22 2011, 12:37pm

Some auto parts stores have a loaner tool program. Leave a deposit covering the cost of the tool, and get your money back when you return it. May be an option.
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Torsion bar unloading tool?

Postby ppoopruitt1 [OP] » Jul 22 2011, 8:57pm

Mashbox wrote:Some auto parts stores have a loaner tool program. Leave a deposit covering the cost of the tool, and get your money back when you return it. May be an option.

Tried this but unfortunately none of the stores around here have one. They can loan you anything else except this.
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Re: Torsion bar unloading tool?

Postby BrandenHartness » Jul 23 2011, 2:28am

I have heard that you can take a 6" C-clamp and remove the swivel pad and us it just like the torsion bar tool. And for under 10 bucks.
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Postby ppoopruitt1 [OP] » Jul 23 2011, 3:31am

BrandenHartness wrote:I have heard that you can take a 6" C-clamp and remove the swivel pad and us it just like the torsion bar tool. And for under 10 bucks.

Ok that's more like what I'm looking for. Sounds awesome. I think I'm going to do that and pray I don't break anything.
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Re: Torsion bar unloading tool?

Postby jking002 » Aug 12 2011, 12:52am

I just used a hd 6" c clamp, it worked on my install just fine. Be sure the c clamp is hd or else it will strech. I learned the hard way lol.
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Re: Torsion bar unloading tool?

Postby ffemtv8 » Mar 12 2012, 10:48pm

how was using the c clamp did u have to do anything to the c clamp first?
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Re: Torsion bar unloading tool?

Postby tankrat » Mar 12 2012, 11:00pm

I've used a C clamp before too, I found one that had a nice wide jaw on the fixed end and a flat plate that floated on a ball at the end of the screwjack. I put the floating piece in a vice & then just twisted the whole C clamp until it reached the end of the swivel, kept pushing & eventually it popped right off leaving just the ball at the end of the screwjack. Worked great! If the fixed jaw of your C clamp isn't wide enough to span the entire crossmember you might want to put a small chunk of 2x4 over it so your clamp doesn't shift off under load.
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Re: Torsion bar unloading tool?

Postby ffemtv8 » Mar 12 2012, 11:22pm

oh ok.. what about the little bar that you use to turn the clamp was that easy to turn when u used the c clamp to adjust the key
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Re: Torsion bar unloading tool?

Postby tankrat » Mar 12 2012, 11:31pm

Try to find a clamp that's got a good heavy bar on the end or you'll end up bending it all to hell. I've seen clamps (after I bought mine of course!) that have a hex head that you put like an 1" socket on to turn, they're a little more $ than a regular clamp but they're more suited to this kind of application. If you can't find one like that & you're having trouble turning it with just the little handle, slip the handle from a floor jack or a piece of pipe over it to help out. If you end up having to put a pipe on it though, be gentle when you're turning it, no sudden jerks if you can avoid it or all you're going to do is bend the handle.
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