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i need help on how to install torsion keys, i have a 1999 chevrolet truck extended cab, and just ordered the keys to lower it 3in, but i need some help, who has done this before, pics would be great, i really need your help on how to do this thanks.:shake:
 

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Best thing to do is this:

Spray WD-40 or some type of lube on the keys under your truck where the torsion bars come into them the day before you plan on installing the new keys. This way the lube will work itself into the cracks and joints while you drive. This will help breaking the torsion bar and key apart. Then, jack up the front of the truck and put a jack stand on each side on the frame behind the front tires. Make sure the tires and completely off the ground. Once secure, take out the 2 adjusting bolts that are pushing up into the stock torsion keys. They are located on the cross member around the rear of the front doors, under the truck. If you can get a torsion bar clamp from a parts store, this is the best tool to use. I use a very large c clamp, it is made to handle 15 tons of pressure. I put the flat part on top of the crossmember and put the other round end into the round pocket on the torsion key. It only takes a few turns and the key is pushed up enough that I can remove the little rectangluar peice that the bolt was screwed into. Then loosen up the c-clamp. Now, if your torsion bar is still jammed into the key, you will have to use a large hammer and punch to drive the torsion bar forward enough to drop the old key out. Once you have to old key out, install the new one in the reverse order. Tighten your bolts to about half, and lower your truck back onto the ground. I suggest pulling your truck forward and back a few times to get the suspension to settle before you adjust the ride height. Then readjust in a few days. I hope this helps a little.
 

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ok, once i get the keys out i can just install the new ones the, i dont have to do any thing else, ""like put a jack on the control arm and jack the tire all the way up and then put the key"", a friend of mine told me i had to do that, so i dont do any od that and i just put the truck on jack stands, take the bolts, of then the keys out, install the new ones, right
 

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ok, once i get the keys out i can just install the new ones the, i dont have to do any thing else, ""like put a jack on the control arm and jack the tire all the way up and then put the key"", a friend of mine told me i had to do that, so i dont do any od that and i just put the truck on jack stands, take the bolts, of then the keys out, install the new ones, right
You do not have to put a jack under the control arm or tire. That is silly.
 

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10-4 thanks for the helpfull info, is it hard to do, i will let you know how it went and if i need some help i will let you know, thanks :shake:
 

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It's usually tough to break the torsion bars loose, but that is where the WD-40 or something similiar will help.
 
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