Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1989-1996 Repair Guide

Torsion Bar

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

Torsion bars are used on 4WD Dakotas only.

The left and right side torsion bars are not interchangeable. The bars are identified by the letter R or L stamped into one end of the bar. The bars do not have a specific front or rear end and can be installed with either end facing forward.

  1. Remove the upper control arm jounce bumper.
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  3. Raise the vehicle with the front suspension hanging free and support it safely with jackstands.
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  5. Release the load from the torsion bar by turning the adjustment bolt counterclockwise.
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  7. Remove the adjustment bolt from the swivel and then remove the torsion bar and the anchor together from the vehicle. Remove the torsion bar from the anchor.
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  9. Remove any dirt, rust or pebbles from the hex shaped socket in the anchor and lower control arm.
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  11. Inspect the anchor and bolt and replace them if any damage or corrosion exists.
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To install:


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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the front torsion bar assembly-4WD Dakota

  1. Insert the torsion bar ends into the sockets.
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  3. Position the anchor and the bushing in the crossmember. Insert the adjustment bolt and thread it into the swivel.
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  5. Turn the adjustment bolt clockwise to apply a load on the bar.
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  7. Lower the vehicle.
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  9. Set the front suspension height. The difference between the distance from the surface that the tires are on to the lower control arm inner pivot and the distance that the tires are on to the outer end of the arm is 1-1 1 / 2 in. (25-38mm).
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  11. Install the upper control arm jounce bumper.
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