REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4
Special tool J-36202, or its equivalent, is necessary for this procedure.
- Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
- Remove the wheels.
- Support the lower control arm with a floor jack.
- Matchmark both torsion bar adjustment bolt positions.
- Using tool J-36202, increase the tension on the adjusting arm.
- Remove the adjustment bolt and retaining plate.
- Move the tool aside.
- Slide the torsion bars forward.
- Remove the adjusting arms.
- Remove the nuts and bolts from the torsion bar support crossmember and slide the support crossmember rearwards.
- Matchmark the position of the torsion bars and note the markings on the front end of each bar. They are not interchangeable. Remove the torsion bars.
- Remove the support crossmember.
- Remove the retainer, spacer and bushing from the support crossmember.
- Installation is the reverse of removal, but please note the following important steps.
- Position the support assembly on the frame, out of the way.
- Align the matchmarks and install the torsion bars, sliding them forward until they are supported.
- Bolt the support crossmember into position. Tighten the center nut to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm); the edge nuts to 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm).
- Install the adjuster retaining plate and bolt on each torsion bar.
- Using tool J-36202, increase tension on both torsion bars.
- Set the adjustment bolt to the marked position.
- Release the tension on the torsion bar until the load is taken up by the adjustment bolt.