Even if you encounter a lot of bumps and humps on the road, you've got no worries because your truck or SUV has a stable independent front suspension. This system is supported by strong torsion bars, which is the equivalent of suspension springs is normal cars. Torsion bars maintain the stability of your ride during your drives. But did you know that you can still improve your current setup by simply purchasing torsion keys. A torsion key is a component that you can use to adjust the torsion bars to raise the height of the front side of your vehicle. With good torsion keys, you don't have to purchase a lift kit to get a raise. To find out more about this component, here's a brief and basic guide that can help you out.
Using a Torsion Key
Using torsion keys to adjust torsion bars is one way to lift your vehicle. Before you begin the task, make sure that the truck's parking brakes are engaged.
Step 1: Lift your vehicle using a jack and support it by placing jack stands beneath its frame.
Step 2: After that, find the torsion bar cross member that's usually located under the cab and connect the torsion bar removal tool onto the torsion keys using a ratchet and socket.
Step 3: Next, use a marker to make a vertical line between the torsion bar and key and then use a ratchet and socket to take the torsion bar bolt out.
Step 4: Once the bolt is removed, use a socket and ratchet to loosen the removal tool from the torsion bar and push the bar to the back of the vehicle to disconnect it from the lower control arm. After that, remove the key from the bar.
Step 5: Mount the new torsion key to the bar by lining up their marks and then use a ratchet and socket to reinstall the torsion bar removal tool and bolt. After that, use the ratchet and socket to remove the tool again.
Step 6: Lastly, remove the jack and jack stands under your vehicle and lower it back to the ground.
Adjusting a Torsion Key
Using torsion keys to lift your ride can give you around 2 inches of gain. Before you begin, ensure that your parking brakes are engaged.
Step 1: Lift and support your vehicle using a jack and jack stands. Next, put wheel chocks on your rear wheels to prevent any accidents.
Step 2: Next, use a measuring tape to measure the distance between the bottom of the front wheel fenders to the top of the tire.
Step 3: After that, go underneath your vehicle and find the torsion bar keys and then use a marker to mark its position.
Step 4: Next, turn the key to start the adjustment, making sure that you do the same number of turns for each side of the vehicle.
Step 5: After that, turn the torsion key clockwise to tighten it before turning the torsion bars.
Step 6: Once you're done, lower the vehicle and measure if the height of your vehicle changed before aligning it to restore the tire's angles.