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Old January 7th, 2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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I have a 98 z71 sierra. I was wondering what the best way to level my truck is. I didn't know if its smarter to just tighten the torsion bar or if i had to buy new springs and shocks. I don't want a lift but i want the truck to sit level. The front seems to sit lower than the back. If anyone has advice please let me know. thanks
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Just get your run of the mill leveling kit. You can get just the keys for $100 which will just adjust your front or you can get the whole kit complete with shocks for i believe $200. It will come with blocks for the rear to lift the rear a bit as well. When I put the complete kit on my old chevy I use to have it leveled it out nicely.
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Tighten the torsion bars, and get it aligned
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Tighten the torsion bars, and get it aligned
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This is the best way to level out your truck. Aftermarket keys run into ball joint/wheel bearings issues every 5-6 months. They index the t-bars too much, no matter what is advertised there is no "stock" style lift keys.

Just crank up the bars, take measurements so both sides are at the same height, maybe think about switching to some performance ball joints, alight it and enjoy a nice level truck
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thinking out side the box here you could lower the back too but it seams everyone wants to go taller
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thinking out side the box here you could lower the back too but it seams everyone wants to go taller
I have yet to see a decent way to lower the rear end without compromising tow-ability and ride


plus....who the hell wants to lower a perfectally good 4x4?
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Z71s should have a 2 inch block in the rear. You could just take that out to lower the rear. Won't change the ride or towing capacity.

As far as leveling it the only reason to buy new keys when leveling is if the torsion bars are soft enough that cranking them up all the way with stock keys isn't high enough.

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Z71s should have a 2 inch block in the rear. You could just take that out to lower the rear. Won't change the ride or towing capacity.

As far as leveling it the only reason to buy new keys when leveling is if the torsion bars are soft enough that cranking them up all the way with stock keys isn't high enough.

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True about not high enough.....IF and big IF, you decide to ad lift keys then spring for a set of 3/4 torsion bars; you won't get the t-bar sag that you would with stock bars
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