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Old 05-26-2019, 08:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need to Level 2001 Suburban K2500

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Tired of the way my Suburban sits too low up front; only time it sits level is when I'm towing. I understand this is a fairly common issue.



I think all I need are the keys, right? Something like this? https://www.amazon.com/Supreme-Suspe.../dp/B00VVR7DH4

And I should plan on getting an alignment after I'm done, correct?

Anything else I'm missing?

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Crank the torsion bars and get an alignment.
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Old 05-26-2019, 08:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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K1500 keys are the same and alot cheaper at any wrecker
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Crank the torsion bars and get an alignment.
Yup, crank the bars and buy 2" longer shocks.



Then look at you sagging ass when youre towing think d'oh.
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You could find those for half the price on amazon, but you won't get the keychain

Buy the $21 torsion bar tool. Or have a 50/50 chance of spending the evening getting stitches
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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you'll probably wwon't get level with cranking the factory bars, but it will bring it up better. at least mine didn't level.
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You could find those for half the price on amazon, but you won't get the keychain

Buy the $21 torsion bar tool. Or have a 50/50 chance of spending the evening getting stitches
Ok, what's the danger of cranking on the torsion bars without the specialty tool?
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Ok, what's the danger of cranking on the torsion bars without the specialty tool?
You can crank them with just a floor jack. If you want to change the keys depending on what GM vehicle you’re working on, a C clamp may relax the tension otherwise you need the specialty tool. I bought one when working on an HD because it was such a bitch it bent my C clamp I had used 1000 times.

If it were my truck I would put a floor jack under it put two rotations on the adjuster bolts and see where I end up. You may need to buy torsion keys and longer sharks or you may be OK without. Try not to run the shock topped out because it will ride like shit. If you put in to long to shock you will break upper ball joints.
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From my experience, the tool is only need to put the leveling keys in, you don't need it to remove the factory keys, but since the leveling keys are clocked different, you need the tool to install.
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You don't need the tool to adjust them, but to swap them, especially the lift keys, just buy the tool instead of fixing around for hours with Jacks and pry bars and smashed fingers

Like said, you could use k1500 keys, but the time spent tracking them down, dealing with a yard, paying for them, just have bezos drop a set on your doorstep for $40

Any luck on those Fairlane parts btw?
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You don't need the tool to adjust them, but to swap them, especially the lift keys, just buy the tool instead of fixing around for hours with Jacks and pry bars and smashed fingers

Like said, you could use k1500 keys, but the time spent tracking them down, dealing with a yard, paying for them, just have bezos drop a set on your doorstep for $40

Any luck on those Fairlane parts btw?
thanks for the info. No luck on Fairlane parts yet; haven't been to my storage unit in a few weeks. Should be there within the next week, however. Will let you know.
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Cranked down on the keys. Got it pretty darn close. Within 1/4" of being level.

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Did you get taller when the second pic was taken....LOL

Looks to be about right IMO...
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Old 05-30-2019, 06:30 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Every torsion bar crank or key lift I was ever involved with was followed up within a year by a customer complaining their ball joints were trashed or their CV axles were popping.

I'm really shocked that nobody has ever offered high misalignment ball joints and axles for these trucks. Seems people just run everything in a bind and tell themselves everything is fine.
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