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kyle
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12/05/2004
13:39:30

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I have a V6 94 extended cab cab 4wd with 2" body lift and 33/1250/15's and the tires rub, i have a plow to put on it but i can't because the tires rub, the torsion bars are turned up all the way. Does anybody know what the stock torsion bars are rated for and if putting the V8 bars in give a stiffer ride, and any additional lift? Any quick help would be appreciated, we are expected to get about a half a foot of snow in the next couple days!



Dan
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12/05/2004
16:31:52

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you will get a stiffer ride, because they are much stronger, but you should get more lift from them.



Walt_Felix
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12/06/2004
10:48:11

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I plow with my 96 V8 CC and itís a great plow truck. Having 33ís on your truck with a 2Ē body lift has required you to max out the adjustors to minimize tire rub. The V8 springs have a higher spring rate and should give you some additional adjustability if you go with a new set. Assuming you will be mounting a typical 6 Ĺí plow, your still looking at about 500 lbs of weight 2-3 feet in front of your front axle. Thatís still a lot of weight even with the V8 bars and youíll find itíll still sag some after only a season of snow. In addition to upgrading the springs, I would also recommend a set on Timbren load helpers for the front. I got mine from Stengel Bros. (http://www.stengelbros.com/TimbrenKitsforDodge.htm) and they made a huge difference. Before, the front of my truck use to drop about 2Ē when I lifted the blade, now itís only about a ĹĒ and it didnít make the ride any harsher. A very good investment if you plan on plowing with your truck.

The other thing to point out is an obvious practice that many seem to forget. When you park the truck, lower the blade. Canít tell you how many times Iíve pulled into a parking lot and seen a truck parked with the blade up. A definition of ďSpringĒ is:

n.
1. An elastic device, such as a coil of wire, that regains its original shape after being compressed or extended.
2. A usually rapid return to normal shape after removal of stress; recoil.
A torsion bar is a lateral spring and the longer you keep the weight on it, itíll become stressed and the less likely it will return to normal when the weight is removed. Over time, itíll cause the torsion bars to prematurely weaken.
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Mike Osmer
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12/26/2004
15:46:08

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I have a 03 dakota with a V-8 and was wondering if I can crank up on the torsion bars to lift the frount end and if so how do i do that.

Thanks



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