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Old 12-20-2013, 06:09 PM
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I've been looking to lift my truck in some way and have been doing research but still have questions. I've heard that just cranking the torsion bar can lift the front and might allow to fit 35" tires, but does anything have to be done to the rear?

I've also been looking at suspension lifts as an option as well. It doesn't seem like there are very many for an 03 1500 4x4 though. Does anyone have any suggestions of good brands that would fit? I also don't really want to spend tons of money. I would only be looking for a 3"-maybe 5" lift.
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You can lift the front end about 2.5" by cranking the torsion bars. You don't want to go higher than that but it will level your truck and allow you to clear 35's. On the rear you could put lift blocks but your won't need them to clear the tires.

I'm not sure if Rough Country makes a lift for your truck but if they do they'll probably be one of the cheapest.
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I've heard that cranking the torsion bars can lift the front end. I also have been looking at the leveling kits themselves. What's the purpose of buying aftermarket keys then?
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IMO there's almost no point in buying aftermarket keys.... Cranking up the bolts accomplishes the exact same thing. The only purpose I can see using keys for is if you can't crank up the bolts high enough to actually get the front end lift you want but that shouldn't be an issue.
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Funny that I came across this thread. I just picked up an 03 last spring. I knew the rear leafs were actually in the shape of a W and have planning on getting it in to give it a once over. Obviously the previous owner thought he had a 3500 and decided to run her as such. Took it to a very reputable shop here in town known for custom suspension and building some serious crawlers. I was not ready for him to look it over for and then come back in and ask me if it was a chase truck!!!!!!!!

He also took the time t show me that the front torsions were cranked to the max - and I am just BARELY clearing BFG 315s. But cranking the torsions has put an ungodly amount of strain on the front CVs as well as the CV coming off my transfer case (which just grenaded in a miraculous fashion).

So if you are looking at squeezing some real tires under the rig - I would suggest do it right - a basig 5" RCX or Zone lift is where I am planning on going - gives you the height but also drops that front diff to angle out the axle shafts. Not to mention cranking the torsions makes it ride stiff as all get out.

Truly all IMO - but trust me - the wear and tear aint worth it.
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I'm looking at a kit for just the front shock extensions. This allows you to crank the TBs and still have the shocks in a useable length.

My understanding is that the aftermarket keys are just like stock except larger. Although I keep seeing the term reindexed for the aftermarket keys. Does this mean they provide lift without additional cranking?
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I'm looking at a kit for just the front shock extensions. This allows you to crank the TBs and still have the shocks in a useable length.

My understanding is that the aftermarket keys are just like stock except larger. Although I keep seeing the term reindexed for the aftermarket keys. Does this mean they provide lift without additional cranking?
The torsion keys are just designed to provide lift without having to crank up the adjustment bolts. So you are literally spending money on something for nothing... just crank up the bolts and call it a day. It has the same effect on the torsion bars and control arms, and CV shafts either way.
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Thanks Brandon. Good to know - saves the expense of new keys. I will, however buy the $17 shock extenders in order to keep the stock shock length.
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Make sure you get an alignment after you crank the torsion keys. I waited to do mine till i replaced the ball joints because it was going to need an alignment anyways and I didn't want to pay for it twice. It didn't change the ride quality at all that I can notice. The only time i notice the shock height difference is if I hit a big speed bump too fast. It doesn't do it in the field.
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