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Comment by Charlie Chao on October 1, 2012 at 12:18pm

I have an 85 and the nose points down a bit. I just wanted to level out the truck a bit. I didn't want to adjust the torsion bars for lift b/c I was afraid that I would unknowingly increase wear on parts. But maybe that's just sag on the old torsion bars. New torsion bars might fix the issue. I'm probably getting ahead of myself.

Comment by Joe Wilson on October 1, 2012 at 11:59am
That's makes sense. Especially cause I had a guy tell me to add shims, but adding them on an 85 pushes the tires out more. I didn't know the spindles were on the inside of the frame on earlier models. Thanks for the info.
Comment by Poopypants on October 1, 2012 at 12:30am
A huge factor is your year model. The camber will go outta whack regardless with spacers buuuut with 83 or earlier a arms and suspension components that mount on the inside of the frame (not the outside like 84 on) then fixing the camber is just a matter of getting longer(2.5-3") mounting bolts and adding more shims to pull in the camber. A lil more lift is achieved and you can back off the torsion a lil to give you the ride quality back....plenty of info on this topic in ratsun's 720 section....
Comment by Joe Wilson on September 30, 2012 at 11:52pm
The spacers seem to work for most trucks but not all. Not sure why. I put 1" spacers on and couldn't get the camber right for the life of me. I replaced upper and lower ball joints, lower control arm bushings, spindles and made sure there were no shims behind the spindles. Tires still stuck out at the top. Re-indexing and cranking up the T bars helped a bit, but the ride quality sucked, cd would skip from the tiniest of potholes, back hurt too. I finally broke down and got the A arms from 4x4parts.com. They advertise 3" lift but you really only get 1.5-2" of useable lift and the ride is far better. You'll need longer shocks too cause the stock ones will limit the droop. Got the ranchos from 4x4parts too. Most guys say they're able to correct the camber but I couldn't, and I found a few other cases of the same issue on other sites. My 2 cents: save the $70 gamble on the spacers and go for new arms.
Comment by Charlie Chao on September 30, 2012 at 8:52pm

If I get HD torsion bars and crank them up to add 1.5 inches of lift, should I get the ball joint spacers? Do the spacers give you you the correct ball joint angle?

Comment by Charlie Chao on September 29, 2012 at 11:53am

I have to replace my front passenger drive shaft, so I might do the lift at the same time. The other part of me would like to skip the body/suspension lift just in case it becomes drawn out and labor intensive. It's not my daily driver, but I don't have a garage to work in and the rain may come any day now in the Pacific Northwest. To be honest, I'm pretty happy with the 30s I'm rocking right now.

Comment by Poopypants on September 29, 2012 at 12:24am
I have 31's and a 2 inch body lift (and 1.5 inch ball joint spacers) and i still get some wheel rub when i go into a step enough driveway while turning.

I can jack the torsion up a lil more n solve the problem but then the front is higher then the back and i lose all ride quality from my suspension(not to mention bend steering components when wheeling cause suspension gets so stiff it doesn't give, so the tie rods do!) and defeat the purpose of having ball joint spacers.

I'd have to say without the body lift your likely to rub a lot. Torsion adjustments can solve just about anything but it will cost you in other areas.
Comment by Ray Thomason on September 28, 2012 at 3:10pm

only when flexing

Comment by Charlie Chao on September 28, 2012 at 2:45pm

Do 31s rub during normal driving or only when working the suspension while wheeling?

Comment by Poopypants on September 5, 2012 at 2:23am
the body lift will help more with your clearance on this truck then a suspension lift. I have a lil bit if both and cleared the same 32 inch tires you were talking about with room to spare.
 
 
 

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