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    Lowering a 4WD

    So, because I'm stupid, I want to lower my 4WD. I know Baker made torsion bars for lowering the 4WD's, but you know, good luck finding those. Anybody done it? Any ideas other than just adjusting the stock torsion bars?

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    Interested in this as well.

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    the Baker torsion bars were to level or lift the 4wds, not lower them like a 2wd. Cranking off the tension would lower it some, but at the risk of bottoming out easily.
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    I think if you were dead keen on lowering it you're going to need to make some radical frame mods like notching the rear and some really serious front end work. Bare in mind where the front axle passes under - there's not a lot of height clearance you will be able to work with before it fouls something big time...

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    I'm not looking at going low rider height with it, just dropping it down a little. Also I am looking to convert to 2WD so the front axle shouldn't be too big a deal. Would I really have to notch the rear to get it sitting lower? I was under the impression the rear would be relatively straight forward, being leafs and all.

    Might it just be easier to mount everything on my 2WD frame, assuming it survived where the body didn't?

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    The rear end would be easy enough with lowering blocks or flipping a leaf spring or 2. I'm finding it strange you wanna convert it to RWD only - seems like a lot of work for something you can get your hands on as a straight option but hey, it's your truck (it'll be interesting to see how this comes together though so I'm not knocking your plans - who knows, you might come up with something no-one has tried before )

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    Well like I said it was all I could find that was solid. I'm from Canada and they put a lot of salt on the roads around here during winter so most of the old japanese stuff rotted away long ago so you take what you can get sometimes.

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    in the rear, the spring perches were made longer for clearance - you could cut them down or replace them with 2wd ones. It may cause driveline issues when the axle is bottomed out.
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    Are there any stiffer torsion bars out there for these things? That way when I go lower it'll be less likely to bottom out.

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