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    Quote Originally Posted by Z71_guy View Post
    The lean is probaly caused by the torsion bar on the drivers side being worn out. Known as the Chevy lean you can just crank the t-bar key up to level it out
    thanks, but I'm not familiar with the t-bar key. Where is it, what do I do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by revscott View Post
    I seem to have a little slack in my steering. It is most noticeable at hwy speeds. Dangerous im sure and a little scary. What could be the cause and is it something I may be able to fix myself. Im not ASE certified but Im pretty good with cars. RWD at least!
    I have been burdened with a dreaded steering slop for a while, I have replaced tie rods inner and outer, pitman arm, idler arm, and just replaced the steering box in November, along with dual steering stabilizers, and the new steering box did wonders for two months, until the box **** the bed and now it's twice as worse as it was before. So now i have another replacment box to put on that hopefully will work instead of this garbage.

    First thing i would do is look for the problem, then go from there, more likely it will be the tie rods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by revscott View Post
    thanks, but I'm not familiar with the t-bar key. Where is it, what do I do?
    The "T" bar key is a lever sort of at the back end of the torsion bar. You can't miss them. The torsion bars are 3 or 5 feet long and run from your control arm backward parallel to the frame rails. There is an adjusting bolt running through the "T" bar key that is captured in a plate on the frame. Turning this bolt will lift or lower your front suspension on one side or the other by rotating its associated torsion bar.

    CAUTION - turning this bolt also changes your spring rate by adding or removing preloaded tension into your torsion bar. If one of the bars is sagging low and the adjusting bolts are more or less already equally adjusted the same amount then your torsion bar is probably weakened somehow. The "T" bar keys however, are not meant to be adjusted to raise or lower the vehicle. They are used to remove tension from the torsion bar so it or your control arm can be removed for repair and used to level the truck up after the torsion bar has been installed. They are like having "on board" spring compressors.

    This brings me to a question. Exactly how much does the prior owner of your truck weigh anyhow.
    I bought my '99 Burb from a guy who tops 300 lbs and it still sits level after 13 years. The driver's seat however, has a distinct list to Port.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ippielb View Post
    along with dual steering stabilizers.
    Two of 'em? I've heard those things, along with hugeomongous meats eat street spec GM (and most other brands) power steering boxes like Wheaties. You prolly should carry a spare one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z71_guy View Post
    The lean is probaly caused by the torsion bar on the drivers side being worn out. Known as the Chevy lean you can just crank the t-bar key up to level it out
    Thanks but I am not familiar with the t-bar key. Can you tell me where it is and what to do.

    Sorry for double post, thought I had lost it. thanks for replies.
    Last edited by revscott; 03-27-2012 at 10:20 PM.
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    [QUOTE=Dana W;452894]
    The "T" bar keys however, are not meant to be adjusted to raise or lower the vehicle. They are used to remove tension from the torsion bar so it or your control arm can be removed for repair and used to level the truck up after the torsion bar has been installed.[/QUOTE]

    The other use is for adjusting ride height for doing alignments. So in away they are meant to raise or lower your truck just not to the max.

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    [QUOTE=Z71_guy;453073]
    Quote Originally Posted by Dana W View Post
    The "T" bar keys however, are not meant to be adjusted to raise or lower the vehicle. They are used to remove tension from the torsion bar so it or your control arm can be removed for repair and used to level the truck up after the torsion bar has been installed.[/QUOTE]

    The other use is for adjusting ride height for doing alignments. So in away they are meant to raise or lower your truck just not to the max.
    Of course. I just figured I didn't need to add "to look like Billy Bob's mudbogger." at the end.

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    Hey ,,,Uncle BillY Bobs Mudbogger is a sweet ride .......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Dog View Post
    Hey ,,,Uncle BillY Bobs Mudbogger is a sweet ride .......
    Billy Bob is a girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana W View Post
    Billy Bob is a girl.
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