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Old 10-25-2009, 07:37 AM
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Default t-bar keys. good or bad?

can anyone tell me if the t-bar keys are any good? i found a kit that comes with the 3inch lift keys, 4 shocks, and 2 leafs for $350
at fatbobsgarage.com
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Old 10-25-2009, 11:01 AM
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The price is tempting, since aside from a body or suspension lift it's about the only other option for lifting a t-bar sprung truck. Unless a body lift is out of the question for you, I'd go that route instead. A BL would be cheaper and your front/rear suspension would stay happily stock.

Although you can't crank your t-bars with the stock keys up 3", with those keys that is basically what you are doing. And that's not really a good thing. It's going to put a lot of excess wear on your t-bars and stress your front suspension.

It's cheap up front, but may cost you in the long run. I'm not really a fan of body lifts, but personally I'd body lift my own truck before I ran those keys.
This is just my opinion. See what other guys have to say about them, but as far as I know, nobody on FRF has that setup.
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Old 10-26-2009, 12:31 PM
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Horrible waste of money, just crank your torsion bars and you will have the same effect.

Crank your torsion bars, buy some bilstein shocks, call it a day. Or buy a body lift.
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Old 10-26-2009, 12:38 PM
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already have a body lift. so its easy on the t-bar if i just crank them v.s. the keys. also if i am raising the front do i need longer shocks. if this is the easiest way then i will just buy 4 shocks and 2 leafs.
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Old 10-26-2009, 01:05 PM
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already have a body lift. so its easy on the t-bar if i just crank them v.s. the keys. also if i am raising the front do i need longer shocks. if this is the easiest way then i will just buy 4 shocks and 2 leafs.
It's not any easier on the torsion bar, it has the same affect.

Torsion bar adjustments (not the key nor the crank) do not require new shocks. Cranking the torsion bar will give you a firmer and rougher ride though, so if your shocks are beat then you might want to consider an upgrade.
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Old 10-26-2009, 01:25 PM
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well i need to replace all 4 shocks anyway. so i saw the kit thought it was a good price for everything. do i need longer shocks if i lift the rear 2 inches. or will stock size still work?
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