Shackle, Torsion Bar, Front and Rear Shock Write Up (DONE) - Page 2 - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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post #21 of 446 (permalink) Old 02-12-2007, 06:18 PM
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Sorry I meant did Synergy supply the shackle or leaf srping bushings?

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leaf spring bushings remained stock

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post #23 of 446 (permalink) Old 02-19-2007, 08:59 PM
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Great Job! Truck looks great.

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Why would you lift the differential to take off the weight? You need to lift the body/frame to take the weight off the springs.
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My stupidity!! I skimmed through too quickly. You placed jack stands under the frame. Won't make that mistake again.... : )
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Thanks for the free bump!

Their's been a lot of question lately that can be answered in this writeup.

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post #27 of 446 (permalink) Old 06-12-2007, 01:30 AM
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Now I understand how the shackles are put into place. Future mod in the making soon.

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Great MMP write-up!

I have added your mod to the "Suspension How-To’s":

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http://www.coloradofans.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=28472


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Great MMP write-up!

I have added your mod to the "Suspension How-To’s":

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http://www.coloradofans.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=28472


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Nice!
Glad I could help out :)

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I agree -- this is a pretty good write-up. Just in time for me to replace shocks and shackles when I get back from the slope in couple months!

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gawillet, I know you've already read it a thousand times but this is a great write up. Thanks to you, a mod I was really unsure about doing myself was finished in less than two hours.

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gawillet, I know you've already read it a thousand times but this is a great write up. Thanks to you, a mod I was really unsure about doing myself was finished in less than two hours.
You're welcome, glad I could help!

Congrats on the lift!

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My question - does the Z71 come with a longer stock shocks than the Z85? If so, we need to make a note that you would need 5190's for a Z71, or 5301's for a Z85.
Here is a photo of the OEM Z71 KYB rear shock VS Rancho RS5190.

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So just a quick question about the TB cranking (that I haven't found anywhere on here)... I gave mine 5 turns on the pass side and 5-1/2 on the drivers side to take out the "Chevy lean." With settling, it is giving me just over 1.5 inches of lift (I wanted to keep the rake), but even with the very first turn the bolt it was pretty hard to crank. I'm no beast, but I can usually put some pretty good torque on wrenches, so it kind of worried me. Is it normal for them to be pretty stiff??? And yes, I did have the front up on Jack stands. Thanks in advance.

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Yes they are difficult to turn - you are adjusting a HUGE spring. Most of us jack the truck up to remove the weight from it. Otherwise it's much harder to turn and you run the risk of stripping the adjuster bolt.

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Yes they are difficult to turn - you are adjusting a HUGE spring. Most of us jack the truck up to remove the weight from it. Otherwise it's much harder to turn and you run the risk of stripping the adjuster bolt.
Thanks rangerbob, that's what I was hoping. I knew it would be tough if it was on the ground, but I wasn't sure about when it was off the ground.

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Yeah - I used a 1/2" x 12" ratchet and it was very hard. I almost busted out the 24 or 36" breaker bar but I wanted to make sure I kept count of the turns. :D

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I used a breaker bar to do mine and it was hard.

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I sprayed WD40 on the bolts the night before and before I started the rear end. When it came time to crank the torsion bar bolts they moved with ease. With the front tires off the ground a typical size socket wrench worked fine. The little adjusting I did when the truck was on the ground to get it level took a little elbow grease, but a socket wrench with no extension was able to turn them.

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I sprayed WD40 on the bolts the night before and before I started the rear end. When it came time to crank the torsion bar bolts they moved with ease. With the front tires off the ground a typical size socket wrench worked fine. The little adjusting I did when the truck was on the ground to get it level took a little elbow grease, but a socket wrench with no extension was able to turn them.
So you sprayed your TB bolts too? Hmm. I sprayed all of the rear ones, but didn't think about spraying those.

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