How To: Torsion Bar Replacement and Poly Bushings 2wd Trucks

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How To: Torsion Bar Replacement and Poly Bushings 2wd Trucks

Postby Rev_D21 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:12 pm



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Re: How To: Torsion Bar Replacement and Poly Bushings 2wd Tr

Postby osegundo » Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:15 am

Would this be the same for 4wd??

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Re: How To: Torsion Bar Replacement and Poly Bushings 2wd Tr

Postby Rev_D21 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:34 am

In a lot of instances, yes. There will be a few extra steps because of the added equipment associated with 4wd but the basic principles are the same.

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Re: How To: Torsion Bar Replacement and Poly Bushings 2wd Tr

Postby osegundo » Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:17 am

Ok.. this would be a nice upgrade/restore cuz all my bushings are old and deteriorating!!! Oh plus I really need new shocks!!!

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Re: How To: Torsion Bar Replacement and Poly Bushings 2wd Tr

Postby Rev_D21 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:36 am

Shocks are easy on both the 2wd and the 4wd. I am running KYB Gas-A-Just on both my D21 and D22, they ride nice. Depending on which way you go the sky is the limit when it comes to shocks.

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Re: How To: Torsion Bar Replacement and Poly Bushings 2wd Tr

Postby holytoast » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:47 pm

Do you know anything about re-indexing torsion bars, is this possible on my truck?
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Re: How To: Torsion Bar Replacement and Poly Bushings 2wd Tr

Postby Rev_D21 » Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:34 pm

It is possible on both of your trucks. It's the same process of removing the bar anchors and turning them how ever many teeth needed to get more bar adjustment. It requires slipping the anchors off the ends of the bars and reinstalling them in a different clock position.

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Re: How To: Torsion Bar Replacement and Poly Bushings 2wd Tr

Postby s13sickboi » Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:37 am

Very nice writeup Rev! Thanks! :)

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Re: How To: Torsion Bar Replacement and Poly Bushings 2wd Tr

Postby jp2code » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:40 am

Good post!

I'm about to replace the Upper and Lower ball joints.

Should I be replacing other items (like control arm bushings, etc) while I'm in there?

I've read that some people recommend renting/borrowing a Ball Joint Press (BJP) from the local auto parts store. Would a BJP eliminate the need for the special tool and drilling out the bushings that you had to do?

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Re: How To: Torsion Bar Replacement and Poly Bushings 2wd Trucks

Postby Viking2718 » Sun Dec 06, 2015 6:42 am

I realize you posted this a couple of years ago. I'm looking to do the same and noticed that most of the pictures you posted now have broken links. Any way to repost with the pictures? They are very helpful.

TIA.

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Re: How To: Torsion Bar Replacement and Poly Bushings 2wd Trucks

Postby rolandtheeld » Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:16 pm

Here's the archived post with pics...

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http://web.archive.org/web/20120921151331/http://www.nicoclub.com/archives/nissan-hardbody-truck-suspension-torsion-bars-bushings.html

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Re: How To: Torsion Bar Replacement and Poly Bushings 2wd Trucks

Postby whomadewho » Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:45 am

Rev - Excellent article. Very helpful

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Re: How To: Torsion Bar Replacement and Poly Bushings 2wd Trucks

Postby hdavid87 » Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:01 pm

Excellent article, I realize this is an old post but I've been fighting my suspension for a long time now.

My question is, does changing the torsion bars improved the suspension for your car? For example I have changed my bushings, shocks, adjust the torsion bar (recently, only adjust not replacing it) but my truck always jumps like a horse on the road.

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Re: How To: Torsion Bar Replacement and Poly Bushings 2wd Trucks

Postby jonathan1173 » Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:17 am

I replaced my OEM torsion bars with Sway-A-Ways and am quite happy with them. It results in a somewhat stiffer ride but no hopping and very good stability as the stiffer torsion bars push the tires against the pavement more than stock. I also replaced the deteriorating rubber bushings all the way around with Poly ones from Energy Suspension.I think I gave around $140 for the bushing kit.
Fun part was removing front control arm/ frame bushings. I'm sure there's easier ways of removing than what I did, which was drilling/ wire brush/ and propane torch combined with expletives directed at old bushings.
Of course while your'e in there, may as well swap control arms, links, etc. so you only have to go in there once.


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