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wanderer
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9/27/2001
04:07:38

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Got a question about the torsion bars. ( OF COURSE) All of yall talking about these body lifts and 32's but that one feller had 32's on his dak W/O a body lift. It seems like it would be much more simple ( and cheaper ) to just tighten up the torsion bars. But i dont know thats why i am asking. No one has mention the torsion bars. I am new to the dakota just bought my 01' rc 4x4 4.7 5 speed 2 months ago. the truck is still bone stock but now that i have got used
to the payment its time for some goodies. So i would really like some input on the torsion bar thing and some engine mods that are warranty friendly so i can get a little more performance and have a little more fun. Any thoughts will be helpfull.

Oh by the way anyone with a 5 speed did you have to order your truck? I am from alabama and my dealership had to go all the way to south caro
lina to get my truck.





Mac10
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9/27/2001
09:55:18

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Adjusting your torsion bars will only get you an extra 1.5 inches or so in the front. While this is enough to level the truck from front to back and will get your 32x11.50's to fit better, it is not enough to give you that extra lifted look. What I have seen a lot of people do is install a lift of some kind and crank the torsion bars any way to level it.



Hawkeye
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9/27/2001
11:17:00

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I had 32x11.50's on the factory 15x7 rims before my lift with no rubbing at all. As Mac said you can crank the torsion bars up but you will only get a little bit of lift and if you crank them all the way, you will put a lot of extra stress on things and your ride will be kinda rough.

'00 QC 4x4
4.7 3.55 LSD
33x12.50 Pro Comp X-T's
http://johnammons.tripod.com/home.html

wanderer
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9/27/2001
14:03:50

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hawkeye you got the 32's to fit W/O the torsion bar adjustment? I dont see how they will fit W/O rubbing the factory 265's look like they are about to rubb when turned all the way to the right or the left. Anyway i want to lift the truck but i am worried about the warranty and i know someone said you have to prove that the lift caused the damage but the way i am driveing the warranty will run about in about a year and a half. But thanks for the info. and how about the engine mods ? I want to put something that will give me a noticeable difference. any ideas ?





Hawkeye
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9/27/2001
15:03:55

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Yes my 32's fit with no adjustments or rubbing. So did Vipers. We both had the 15x7 rims though. The 15x8's will be MUCH closer and possibly rub just a tad. If you have the 16x8 rims then I believe about the closest in size is the BFG 275x70x16. As for the lift, you wont affect the warranty unless they can prove that the modifications you made, ie. the lift, is directly the cause of whatever you are bringing the truck in for service on. Hard for a body lift to cause any problems because you really arent changing anything. Just putting on taller body mounts.

'00 QC 4x4
4.7 3.55 LSD
33x12.50 Pro Comp X-T's
http://johnammons.tripod.com/home.html

Nextgen
Dodge Dakota


9/28/2001
00:31:04

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Got my 32X1150 BFG AT/KO's to fit on my stock truck, no rubbing at all, even though it is close.....with the little wider tires, the truck looks even meaner...God everytime I see it I just wanna make love to it...

Tony
2000 4x4 4.7L Auto SLT +
Jet Stage II, Z-Tube
Custom Exhaust, Extang Soft Tonno
32X11.50X15 BFG AT/KO's



wanderer
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9/28/2001
02:28:39

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ok so 32's it is but i do have the 16x8 rims but i like a really wide tire like the mickey thompsons, will they go? and you said that the torsion bars were adjusted after the lift was done to level it out. can you explain that to me.
I have done a 98' ranger 4x4 but im sure it is a whole different ball game. with it i had to jack up the front of the truck tighten the bolts and let it down then measure. is it the same? Oh and what about my performance mods? dont leave me hangin'




andrew
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9/28/2001
10:35:09

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I just talked to les schwab tires and they strongly recomended against cranking the torsion bars but they will do it if I wanted. They said they ride would so rough, I would regret doing it. they also said it would handle like I was on ice and out of control. What do you guys think?



Hawkeye
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9/28/2001
10:42:38

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For the 16 inch rims the closest you will be able to get is a 275x70x16 BFG. Dont know if many oter people make that size. I raised my bars a little because they were not set right from the factory. I took them just a shade more and made the truck pretty level. Basically the same proceedure as your ranger but I didnt jack the truck up, I just bounced the front end up and down really good before measuring after each adjustment. As for performance stuff, I havent done a lot yet. Drop in K&N filter in a home made intake, 180 deg t-stat, autolite 3923 plugs. Have a Jet chip that worked pretty good but have to sell it because I still need to pay my wife back for the lift and tires and I DESPERATELY need fender flares now, more than I need the extra ponies at the moment. Plan on some JBA headers, MAYBE a new TB, and a few other things for the motor later.

'00 QC 4x4
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33x12.50 Pro Comp X-T's
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Peter Meringo
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9/28/2001
13:54:44

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Just ordered a 2002 Quadcab 4x4 sport+
4.7 5speed lether posi 3.92 gears. I am Stoked to take dellivery in late November.

I plan to crank up my torsion bar a little and maybe shim the rear springs to get at least 1/2" additional ride height. So I can fit 32" x 11.5's

I have actually done a torsion bar lift on an 90 Toyota, but used heavy duty torsion bars.

So does anybody want to but a brand new set of rims and tires?

I would also like to put a winch bumper on the front.

I am also seems like there isn't much in the way of engine mods for the 4.7



Doug McCoach
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10/01/2001
01:28:34

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Peter, if they are 265x70xR16's with 16X8 rims I might be interested depending on how much?



Peter Meringo
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10/01/2001
10:21:33

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Doug,

I don't exactly know which tires and rims they are. They are the tires and rims that come in the 2002 sport+ package.

I will check the brochure when I get home and post what they are on this board tomorrow.



Peter Meringo
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10/07/2001
21:35:26

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they are 265x70xR16's with 16X8 rims.

If you are interested e-mail me at
Petermerin@aol.com



Jason Smith
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9/18/2003
16:39:22

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I have a 2003 Mazda B3000 Dual Sport Truck. It is still brand new to me and I want to lift the truck up about three inches but that will come later. I would like to level my truck up a little bit by adjusting the torsion bars. What can I do for this adjustment. I would like to do it myself without having to pay someone to do it. Can anyone help me with this. It is a 5-Speed truck if that matters any. Thanks



BIGTYMER
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9/19/2003
09:10:43

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I would do intake and exhaust for now. They won't void warranty and could easily be put back to stock. As for lifting I'd go with a 3" body lift. A lot of people dislike them but I'd say the majority who want a lift don't want to spend $1000+ and will get one. Torsion bars can be tightened. It all depends on how the truck was driven and how much the front has sagged as to how much cranking you can do. The way I do it is pull the truck in the garage and jack the whole front end up. Then I get a big breaker bar and a socket and crank em on up. After I'd say 3-4 revolutions I lower the truck, roll it back a few feet, bounce it then pull back in and measure to the frame rails. Then adjust as needed till you get even. Then take the truck out and drive. The front may still feel soft or it may be real stiff. Make the call when it's as high and as firm as you want.



Garret
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3/18/2015
22:54:13

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Will an 04 to 07 torsion bars for Dakota fit an 01 dakota??



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