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Old May 17th, 2012, 05:09 PM   #1
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Im sixteen and don't have much money so I'm trying to find a decently cheap way to lift my zr2 Sonoma. Could I do it with shackles and torsion bar keys? I'm looking for about 2 more inches of lift what else would I need?
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You can crank the torsion bars, no need for keys.

Shackle or AAL for the rear. I would recommend the AAL as it retains the geometry on the drive shaft. Shackles rotate the axle and reduce the angle at the pinion. This can cause drive line vibrations.
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You can crank the torsion bars, no need for keys.

Shackle or AAL for the rear. I would recommend the AAL as it retains the geometry on the drive shaft. Shackles rotate the axle and reduce the angle at the pinion. This can cause drive line vibrations.
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Cranking the torsion bars will give you about 1.5-2" of lift. It will ride a bit rougher and an alignment is always good after. Try and keep the same amount of turns on each bolt. Keys are good for maybe another .5 of a inch more just a waste of money. Shackle's are never a great option but they are do-able. Add a leafs would be your best bet. Your other option would be a 2" block kit if your leafs sit on top of your axle. I dont recall how the zr2's are set up. Your ride will be a lot stiffer with aal's and torsion bars cranked.
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Old May 18th, 2012, 07:06 AM   #4
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would an add a leaf kit for a 98 jimmy fit my truck?
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The last thing I would recommend to anyone is to crank their tbars very high. It will shorten your front ends already short life span and will ride like a brick. And if your really lucky it will accelerate frame cracking that more than likely is already happening due the stiffer suspension.

For cheap, I hate to say it but a body lift is your best/cheapest way. I would do a 1 inch body lift with trimming and a very mild t bar crank (just enough to level the front out, if that). Then trim to run 33's.

That or pick up a used ifs lift kit (check zr2usa.com), however I feel like that is also a waste for various reasons. The best way would be to do a solid axle swap, which can be done for less than a ifs lift. Look though my build thread in my sig and send me a pm if you want a price break down on all the sas options.
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The last thing I would recommend to anyone is to crank their tbars very high. It will shorten your front ends already short life span and will ride like a brick. And if your really lucky it will accelerate frame cracking that more than likely is already happening due the stiffer suspension.

For cheap, I hate to say it but a body lift is your best/cheapest way. I would do a 1 inch body lift with trimming and a very mild t bar crank (just enough to level the front out, if that). Then trim to run 33's.

That or pick up a used ifs lift kit (check zr2usa.com), however I feel like that is also a waste for various reasons. The best way would be to do a solid axle swap, which can be done for less than a ifs lift. Look though my build thread in my sig and send me a pm if you want a price break down on all the sas options.
Cranking the torsion bars does not equal a stiffer ride. You are not changing the spring rate merely the rest point of the suspension.

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I had a zr2 blazer and I cranked the bars almost to the max and added a leaf in the rear and it rode like a tank unless I had a trailer on it, I hated it, mostly the rear end was too stiff. My vote is to crank your bars slightly, and to shackle. if you need more than get a 1 or 2" body lift after that.
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