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Hey I lifted my truck with a 6in front suspension and 7.5in rear blocks then cranked down the torsion bars 1.5in. the extra 1.5in was necessary to clear my 37in tires. Now the added pressure is stripping out where the bars go into the lower control arms. I will remove the extra 1.5in and trim or get a small body lift if i have to but would much prefer not too. I have heard that torsion keys give the needed lift without the added pressure of cranking down the bars. If so that would solve my problem. Is this true? If it is would the more expensive brands of keys put less stress than the cheaper ones? Any help or other ideas would be appreciated.

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from what it sound like your looking for a simple 2" level kit for the torsion bar system! if the 6 inch lift you had installed dropped the front diff down that is, i believe this should work with no problems, the torsion keys help go over the max crank on the OEM ones, but remember when cranking them it will increase the CV joint angle which increases wear! but when dealing with suspension systems lifting always will wear parts faster!

Not sure on what kit to go for, but i think they usually run between 100-200 for a kit!
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So a torsion key lift will not put the added stress on the front suspension as just cranking them down will?
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I do not know what the effects of cranking the torsion bars up are when you have a lift. I think the lift kit you have only supports a lift of that size. So when you add an extra 1.5" to it you may have over extended some components.

I may be wrong so wait to have some other members clarify.

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If im right the lift he has will drop the front diff etc down so the CV joints are not running at such a severe angle, cranking on the torsion bars will move the lower A arm down more, thus increasing the angle of the CV adding even more where, as to if the keys take away some stress i think they will, i havent seen the old keys and leveling keys next to each other but i think there indexed different to allow more lift with less stress on the bars! or they are made differently to crank out higher and add more stress! Some that has more experience with these will be able to clarify!
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Not to kick up an old thread or hi-jack it, but rather then start a new thread I'll just post in this one. I'm sure it's been talked about a million times.

I was thinking about doing a leveling kit and most my searches bring up the torsion bars. I've read you don't have to get any new shocks or anything like that. What are the pros and cons to this form of leveling kit. How hard/ how long would it be to install if I've never done it before? Thanks.
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You don't need to get new shocks, it is usually recommended though! as for install i have not dont it, but if your just doing keys it usually involves putting the new keys in and cranking!

With the GM vehicles there is a special unloading tool for taking the torsion bar out, i would assume that the dodge will also have a special tool...i don't think i would want to attempt unloading it without the tool as you could cause damage to the bar or yourself!
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i just put torsion bar keys on my 03 ram and add a leaf springs in the rear, it only took about an hour to do the keys and you really need the unloading tool, it made things really easy
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