winding up torsion bar (Jackaroo)

Submitted: Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 21:50
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What is the most clearance you can get out of the front end with torsion bar suspension and can you replace it with different suspension to gain more ground clearance. I am not wanting to be a monster truck, a touch more would be good.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 21:59

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 21:59
Damo,

35mm is the bench mark.
Replacing the torsion bars will still only give you 35mm.

It has a lot to do with the wheel travel.
If the torsion bars are wound up too much there will be no down travel and the CV will also be put under a lot more stress.

It is better to stay with 35mm lift.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Exploder - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 22:17

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 22:17
Can you replace it with different suspension, If you mean like coils then
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Not without a lot of Jack-arsing around and totally re-engineering the front suspension.

As Wayne said 35mm is safe and then just put taller tyres on.
, you could jack then up 50mm if you really what to push the limit
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Reply By: boogyman - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 22:12

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 22:12
if you wind th bars up it makes the car look leveler and gives you a bit more front end clearence to put bigger tyres under to also give more ground clearence.
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Reply By: boogyman - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 22:14

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 22:14
when you wind up the bars you can also get bigger tyres under to give mor clearence. you can replace the bars up to 50 mm lift but travel is limited
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Reply By: Brian B (QLD) - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 23:58

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 23:58
Hi,

You will also notice your ride quality is worse with the standard bars wound up. You will feel the bumps a bit more.
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Reply By: ro-dah-o (WA) - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 00:47

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 00:47
Check out www.planetisuzoo.com

Got some good info and articles
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Follow Up By: Jack 2000 - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 01:40

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 01:40
website was great help thanks. I am looking at joining the club when I return home to perth in may.
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Reply By: Member - Gecko (WA) - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 05:51

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 05:51
you really dont want to go any further than 35mm for stability and safety then look to higher tyres, remember the wider you go on the Jackeroo the worse your fuel comsumption will be, I chose to go to a 75 series instead of increasing the width this raises it another 25mm.

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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 00:39

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 00:39
first check your front end is at the standard height to begin with, as all torsion bar front ends will sag over time ( hilux and cruiser are particularly bad).

Easy check is that you should have 17mm clearance between the bumpstop and chassis, if not wind up the tension on the bars to suit.

On a jack 35-40mm above standard is the go , any higher and you lose too much downtravel to the lower bumpstop. this also matches most aftermarket rear coils which have 40mm height increase.
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