Ram B1500, B2500, B3500, 1999-2003

Torsion Bar

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Adjustment



Suspension Height Adjustment

The vehicle suspension height should be measured and adjusted (if necessary) before wheel alignment or when front suspension components have been replaced.

The measurement should be made with the vehicle supporting its own weight and taken on both sides of the vehicle.

  1. Bounce the front end of the vehicle up and down several times.
  2.  
  3. Measure and record the distance from the ground to the center of the lower suspension arm rear mounting bolt head. Then, measure and record the distance from the ground to the center of the front wheel.
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  5. Subtract the first measurement from the second. The difference between the two measurements should be 1.85 in. (47mm) plus or minus 0.25 in. (6.4mm).
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  7. Use the torsion bar adjustment bolt to adjust suspension height: turn CW to raise the vehicle; turn CCW to lower the vehicle.
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  9. Carry out the same procedure on the other side of the vehicle.
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  11. Recheck the height on both sides of the vehicle.
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Fig. Suspension height measurements-Dakota, Durango 4WD

Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Loosen the adjustment bolt to remove spring load. Note the number of turns for installation.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Adjustment bolt, swivel and bearing
     
    Torsion bar and anchor
     

  6.  
  7. Separate the torsion bar and anchor.
  8.  

To install:

  1. Assemble the torsion bar and anchor.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Torsion bar and anchor
     
    Adjustment bolt, swivel and bearing
     

  4.  
  5. Tighten the adjustment bolt the recorded number of turns.
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Dakota and Durango 4WD trucks use torsion bars as part as the front suspension.


WARNING
The left and right torsion bars are NOT interchangeable. The bars are identified and stamped L and R . The bars do not have a front or rear end, however, and can be installed either way as long as they are on the correct side of the vehicle.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Turn the adjustment bolt CCW to release the spring load.
  4.  


NOTE
Count and record the number of turns for installation reference.

  1. Remove the adjustment bolt.
  2.  
  3. Remove the torsion bar and anchor.
  4.  

To install:

  1. Clean the torsion bar mounting in anchor and suspension arm.
  2.  
  3. Insert the bar ends into anchor and suspension arm.
  4.  
  5. Position anchor and bearing in frame crossmember. Insert adjustment bolt through bearing, anchor and into swivel.
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  7. Turn the adjustment bolt CW the recorded number of turns.
  8.  
  9. Lower the vehicle and adjust suspension height.
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Fig. Front suspension torsion bar assembly-Dakota, Durango 4WD

 
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