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Old 04-29-2010, 11:29 PM
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I have an 07 Chrysler Aspen 4x2. I was interested in fitting a larger tire under my sled, and was looking into purchasing a leveling kit at a cost of $240.00 before installation. I read somewhere on the internet that these vehicles have adjustable ride height, and are set to factory height for ease of entry. Well, I jacked up the front end with a floor jack, tightened the two bolts that apply tension to the torsion bars until they were flush, and gained 2 inches of height on the front end. I was able to fit a set of Nitto Terra Grappler A/T tires, size 285/60R18, with no rubbing. The truck looks really tough, and I saved hundreds. The only thing that I did after lifting the front and installing the new tires was have the front end aligned. I am sure that it would clear a set of 285/65R15's with no problem. Save your dollars!!!
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Old 04-30-2010, 07:33 AM
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THe torsion bar twist is the easy and cheap. Too much ride height will effect your handling, though,
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Old 05-02-2010, 11:54 AM
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have 2005 durango 4X4 so should I get a leveling kit or do like he did and do i need a front end alignment
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Old 05-02-2010, 02:48 PM
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This method will give you 2" of lift, which should be enough to mount 33x12.50 in. tires on. You should definately get your vehicle aligned after you do this to prevent uneven wear on your tires.
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:16 PM
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I have an 07 Chrysler Aspen 4x2. I was interested in fitting a larger tire under my sled, and was looking into purchasing a leveling kit at a cost of $240.00 before installation. I read somewhere on the internet that these vehicles have adjustable ride height, and are set to factory height for ease of entry. Well, I jacked up the front end with a floor jack, tightened the two bolts that apply tension to the torsion bars until they were flush, and gained 2 inches of height on the front end. I was able to fit a set of Nitto Terra Grappler A/T tires, size 285/60R18, with no rubbing. The truck looks really tough, and I saved hundreds. The only thing that I did after lifting the front and installing the new tires was have the front end aligned. I am sure that it would clear a set of 285/65R15's with no problem. Save your dollars!!!


Can you post a picture of ypur Aspen lifted ??? I too want to adjust the front end by a leveling kit...
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Old 05-09-2010, 01:35 PM
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There is also this option, but its a little bit more costly. Around $220

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Old 06-13-2010, 11:41 PM
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This is exactly what my Aspen looks like, except, I kept the stock wheels on it, so they don't stick out as far. The front end came up exactly this high and it did not cost a thing.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:02 AM
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Default Tension bar and best spark plug for ny truck

Where are the tension bolt to lift my truck, any pics or can I (2005, Hemi 4x4)
Whats the best, but reasonable plugs and wire for my truck.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:05 AM
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Any pics of where the bolts are to lift the front end. What are reasonable plugs and wire for my truck. I did modify the exhaust and air system. 2005 durango 4x4 5.7 hemi
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:02 AM
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There is one bolt for each torsion bar. The torsion bar is a long bar that starts at the front suspension and extends to the middle of the vehicle. In the back, they slide into the torsion keys. The bolts are under the keys. You should jack up the front end, squirt the bolts with a little lubricant, and tighten them. I tightened mine all the way to reach a full 2" lift in the front. I then had the front end aligned to prevent uneven wear on my new tires. The two bolts you are looking for stick out of the bottom of a crossmember located at approximately the center of the frame.
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I would use Champion copper (OEM) or iridiums and you will need 16 spark plugs for the 5.7L,
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Old 06-24-2010, 03:22 PM
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ok thanks
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:44 PM
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That's definitely the look I'd like to go for. Any idea on how much a 33" tire raises the body compared to a stock?

I'm rolling a stock 2005 Durango 4X4.

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Old 06-27-2010, 09:35 AM
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The tires added an extra inch or so. It is not uncomfortable getting in and out of it. The look is on point though. It gives the truck a slight attitude adjustment without screaming. I think you will be pleased with the result. I will say that the comments about it affecting your steering are true though. Since you are adding tension to the torsion bars, it can be a bit jumpy when turning on a rough road. It is not a deal breaker though.
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:42 AM
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thats why i like new torsion bar keys.. its not as rough. and you could always look at upgrading your shocks as well
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:20 PM
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thanks for the reply. looks like a great idea when these current tires need to be replaced.
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:22 PM
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Can someone explain the "Plus's" with the replacement tortion bar keys? Why would the ride be any different, either way the same tension added would be the same existing Tortion Bars for the height added. The only advantage I could see would be possibly getting some more height. The changes effecting ride would be the same on the front end either way - again as far as I can see.

For me I will be going for just "leveling" the truck, which I understand can be done with the existing Keys and bolts. I have noticed that the Passenger side required roughly 6 turns while the Drivers side needed 9 turns - and there is still a 3/4 inch drop in the front as far as rake goes. I will get the tires (285/70R17) installed and re-level to a more precise height, then Align the front end. I see others has cranked in the bolts "all-the-way", has there been any detremental side effects with that much adjustment?
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Old 07-09-2010, 08:22 AM
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It will effect the ride as the body will have a tendency to 'roll' as the center of gravity is now higher,
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:52 PM
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I realize that raising the center of gravity will increase body roll, but that would be the same whether using the existing (factory) Keys or the replacements. I was questioning the need for the replacement keys mentioned earlier in this thread. Thanks for the feed back, as I do not expect to do much "Four-Wheel'in" anymore (nor race car driving) that shouldn't be a problem.

I just ordered Firestone Destination AT's in 285/70R17, will be installed next Friday. That should give me time to finalize the TB Lift. I will still need an alignment done as I can see "an ever so slight" tilt to the front wheels already.

One tid-bit of information I can add to doing this modification. When I first started to turn the TB Bolt on the Passenger side I actually rotated the Bolts in it's setting (anyone who has done this should know what I am talking about). I was easily able to rotate it back, but felt it strange that noone else mentioning this happening to them.

Any other information out there pertinent to these mods?
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