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Torsion bar unload

Postby mdill2012 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:05 pm

Hi I'm trying to adjust the torsion bars on my dodge dakota but seem to be running into an issue with just how tight is this supposed to be? The impact gun won't turn the adjusting bolt with the front end off the ground. Neither will the 25" breaker bar. So I bought an unloading tool. Put that on the key. Now it's tweaking the unloading tool pretty good and still not unloaded. I've seen videos on YouTube of people doing it with a giant c clamp. No way this could possibly work. There must be something I'm missing. Any advice?
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Re: Torsion bar unload

Postby leafspringsrule89yj » Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:58 pm

You sure you have the tool on there right?
Jack the whole truck up on the frame letting the whole suspension hang.
Undo the swaybar and shocks.
Then you should be able to get them free.
A good bit of penetrating fluid on the bolt would help too.
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Re: Torsion bar unload

Postby mdill2012 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:49 pm

So I snugged up the bolts on the u part all the way and managed to get the pressure off the adjusting bolt and it still won't break free. Going to need to pull out a torch and see if I can get it apart.
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Re: Torsion bar unload

Postby leafspringsrule89yj » Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:30 pm

That's a start man. Soak it all in pb blaster then hit it with
some heat. Just don't put to much heat into the torsion
bar itself. Give the t-bar a few whacks from the control arm end when it's heated up.
Should help shock it free.
If all else fails. Cut it up and put a solid axle under it. Lol
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Re: Torsion bar unload

Postby Orangeamc13 » Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:33 am

The last time I was doing these on a 01 Dakota the adjusting bolts were froze. Just snap/cut them out and replace with new/used ones. Everything will go easier.
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Re: Torsion bar unload

Postby mdill2012 » Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:42 am

Yea it's not anywhere near the bars. The "nut" or should I say cylinder with a threaded hole through the side is on top of the cross member. I'm thinking the cut and replace method might be the best option. Or maybe just use the truck to go pick up a yj on my trailer with.
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Re: Torsion bar unload

Postby leafspringsrule89yj » Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:13 pm

Orangeamc13 wrote:The last time I was doing these on a 01 Dakota the adjusting bolts were froze. Just snap/cut them out and replace with new/used ones. Everything will go easier.


Good point. Probably is best at this point to just cut it out and replace. End the frustration with some cutting and a few dollars.
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