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#1 OFFLINE   topshelfburban

 
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Posted 28 May 2015 - 01:42 PM

My torsion bars are worn out.  Every time I crank up the front of my rig, it droops or settles back down within a few weeks.  I figure I need a new set of torsion bars.  Unfortunately that isn't as easy as calling local stealership and ordering up a set.  It also isn't as easy as searching part numbers online and clicking "buy".  I can find the passenger side bar, but am striking out on the driver side.  

 

These are the numbers:

 

GF 5826

LH 15528955

RH 15528956

 

The local parts guy says the LH is discontinued.  Also said the RH is at a dealership in Laramie WY, likely $350+ and shipping.  I think I found the RH online for around $200.  I can't find the LH online anywhere. 

 

 

I've read enough about swapping bars to know that it probably isn't a good idea to run bars from a 2500, with key indexing/clocking and torque rating, but could be convinced otherwise if someone might be able to speak to me with experience showing that it can be done without adverse affect. 

 

With the amount of these rigs on the road still, I find it extremely difficult to believe that the bars are unavailable.      

 

 

Does anyone have any insight or a solution for me?

 

 

 

 

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Posted 28 May 2015 - 02:10 PM

Hedge put some sort of heavy duty aftermarket bars on his plus relacators. Maybe check his build or pm him.
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Posted 28 May 2015 - 03:02 PM

Through more searching I just happened across a thread on another site where Craig referred someone looking for torsion bars towards a company called Sway-A-Way.  I'm guessing that the the outfit that built his bars.  They advertise bars for GMT400's, and appear to charge better than $1000 for a set.  Yikes!!

 

I think I'd be more inclined to risk going up one "size" with factory bars before spending a more than a grand on those.  Regardless, I've emailed the guy at Sway-A-Way to see what he may be able to do. 

 

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Posted 28 May 2015 - 07:32 PM

I had a link saved & now cant find it, but heres a pair on ebay

 

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Posted 29 May 2015 - 12:17 AM

I had a link saved & now cant find it, but heres a pair on ebay

 

ebay is your friend as I was once told ~  http://www.ebay.com/...5d70385&vxp=mtr

   Can't help with the torsion bars but I must second ^that^ emotion... eBay is my #1 "go to" sight.  I buy all of my Delco parts on there at usually 30-40% cheaper than I can find it anywhere else & it comes in very handy when you are looking for an odd/hard to find part.  



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Posted 29 May 2015 - 07:12 AM

I had a link saved & now cant find it, but heres a pair on ebay

 

ebay is your friend as I was once told ~  http://www.ebay.com/...5d70385&vxp=mtr

Thanks Mike.  I might contact them to see if they're the right bars.  If they are, I'll see if I can get in idea of how many miles were on the rig they were removed from.  It looks like the ID stickers are gone though, so they might not be able to tell me which bars they are. 


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Posted 10 June 2015 - 07:47 PM

The Sway-A-Ways are no joke...amazing torsion bars, but crazy $$.  I bought mine a bit cheaper then advertised, but back then he had a bunch of sets lying around after he had a big run made.

 

In terms of having a 1/2t on one side and a 3/4t on the other, I would think it would upset the suspension on bumps.  The spring rate (no familiar w/official word) is different for the bars so even though you could easily set them so the truck was level, I would think it would get screwy/dangerous on the highway around high speed bumps and turns...just a guess though.

 

Junkyard and ebay is definitely your friend.  The only downside is that bars from the GMT400 class are generally worn out all around this many years later.  Even if the seller allows returns, the time and money to return is on the high side.  Personally, I would buy local so its easy to drop off a bar if it is in indeed worn out.

 

You could also try a set of new indexed keys for your existing torsion bars.  A key designed for more lift would essentially allow you to put more preload on the bar...so with a worn bar, it may act like an OEM.  The bar is still worn so I can't comment how much longer it will last with the new index, but it may be worth a shot.

 

Any other opinions for replacing worn bars?







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