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I want lower the truck about 2"

This is a 4x4 with the 3.9 V6 and overdrive automatic tranny. It also has torsion bar suspension in the front. Can I lower the front by adjusting the cam on the end of the torsion bar? Will I need to replace the spring hangers on the rear axle?

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  • drummerboy1 May 25, 2009

    Thanks for the advice. I will probably just run with the way it is.

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If you lower the front by using the torsion bars the front end camber is going to be to negative. They make kits to lower cars, lower spindles keeping the steering geometry ok. In the long run i believe it is better to buy a kit and do it right.

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LOWER IDENTIFICATION:




Item
Part Number Description 1
5495 Stabilizer Bar Link Bolt and Bushing Assembly 2
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  5. Remove the lower link nut from the opposite side.
  6. Remove the lower link mount, upper link mount nut, upper link mount and then unfasten the torsion bar from the frame.
To Install:
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  2. Install the upper link mount and mount nut.
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  3. Place a jack under the torsion bar to release tension, then install the lower link mount bushing and nut.
    • Tighten the nut to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm) on 1995 models, 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm) on 1996-98 models and 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm) on 1999 and later models.
  4. Install the torsion bar unloader tool and tighten the tool against the adjusting arm the same number turns recorded earlier, then remove the tool. This loads the torsion bars.
  5. Install the transmission shield, if removed.
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part of lower arm assembly only.

Installation
  1. Inspect lower ball joint boots and seals for damage and replace if required. Lower ball joint and seal is part of front suspension lower arm and must be replaced as an assembly.
  1. NOTE: Do not tighten the front suspension lower arm bolts and nuts to the specified torque until the end of assembly. Install nuts and tighten until snug.

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