I am new to this forum and was hoping to get some help. First off, I have a 2004 Silverado 1500 Z71. I was wondering if I can remove the torsion bar connector without the "unloader tool"? I am installing a leveling kit and thought I could do it with no special tools, just using some C clamps. Can this be done or is it more trouble than its worth? Also once I have the leveling kit in, I am upsizing the rims and tires a little, up to 285/70 17. I am only going a little because I drive a lot of highway. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Any help is appreciated.