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Today I finished up installing the rear hangers in my tahoe (looks badass BTW) then I moved to the front to install the drop keys, but I couldn't get the bastards out.

I took the steel plate and the bolt out and figured that the keys would be loose, but no. I beat the crossmember with a hammer, sprayed the torsion bars down with PB Blaster where they go into the key, beat on the crossmember some more with a 3# sedge and finally got pissed and put it back together with the stock keys decranked.

Now is there something special that I have to do to get the keys out? I'm pretty sure that they are just suppost to come out, but I have to make sure. But in the process I found that the drivers side torsion bar crossmember mount was broken so I have to order that from GM tomorrow and I had to cancel my alignment appointment

So help me out if you can. I really don't want to have to rip the whole front end apart or drop the tranny crossmember if I don't have to, but it looks like it may be heading that way

Thanks in advance
 

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Is there any load on the bars? See if you can wiggle it to break it loose at the lower control arms. Let the pb blaster soak for a bit, take a long bar, (i usually use a piece of rebar but you could use the jack handle) and put it in the hole in the torsion bar crossmemeber, then beat the shit out of it. I also wedged a prybar in between the key and crossmember to keep it from moving. I think you will need a bigger hammer tho. I use at least a 6 pound sledge. A little heat can help too. Mines an 04 and they were in there pretty good. Good luck.
 

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Thanks man, I was thinking about heating the keys a little, but was worried about the bars getting screwed up. But the bars are stuck in the control arms too. But I have a long piece of 1" solid pipe that I can put through the front and beat it back.

But I ordered the torsion crossmember mounts today and I am going to work on it again soon, but something has to happen, the rear is 3.5" lower than the front now LOL
 

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Anyone else have any ideas for me?
 
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