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Hello everyone,

I would like to ask about lifting my 2004 dakota by adjusting the T-bar. I am planning to lift 2" or 3" max. What is the maximum lift i can get by adjusting the T-bar and what is the best off/on roading shock absorbers that fit this model?

Thanks in advance,
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The most lift you can get out of the torsion bars depends on the bars themselves not the truck. The bars could be more or less worn or sagging compared to others. you do not want to completely max out your front end unless you want to buy cv axles among other things every two weeks. You want to watch your bump stops in the front and make sure they don't contact your control arm just sitting there. That's what affects your ride quality. but if you don't care about money or your front end, max it out. About a year ago I leveled my truck by bringing my front end up 1 1/2 inches and haven't had problems running through front end parts. On shocks I cannot comment, I just got KYB Monomax shocks all around and will be putting them on at beginning of year. First set for me. Depends what you want out the shock. Stiff, soft, heavy duty, gas adjust. I went with a little stiffer shock because I offroad some and that truck bounces like no other. Still has Factory shocks at 150,000 miles. Hope this helps,
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Thank you for the feedback. I don't want to max the truck out, as you mentioned, i don't want to damage the other parts or wear them out. Money is an issue especially where i currently live, Jordan. Things are way expensive! Just few inches that gives its long chases a better look, or to match the length of the truck with it's height and to put bigger tyres, since am running on 275/70/16 at the moment. If 2" on T-bar won't effect the front end and wear the parts up i prefer that to put 265-275/75/16.

I thought of lifting 2" on t-bar max and to install modified and longer shakles in the rear for the springs instead of twisting or adding leafs. Would this work?
 

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Thank you for the feedback. I don't want to max the truck out, as you mentioned, i don't want to damage the other parts or wear them out. Money is an issue especially where i currently live, Jordan. Things are way expensive! Just few inches that gives its long chases a better look, or to match the length of the truck with it's height and to put bigger tyres, since am running on 275/70/16 at the moment. If 2" on T-bar won't effect the front end and wear the parts up i prefer that to put 265-275/75/16.

I thought of lifting 2" on t-bar max and to install modified and longer shakles in the rear for the springs instead of twisting or adding leafs. Would this work?

I added 3" blocks to the rear and they fit under the leafs and they came with longer shackles. But I would recommend doing the tbars first and then measure and see what size blocks you need for the rear. I bought them all at once and the I got the 3" blocks but I could only get 2" in the tbars so my truck sits higher in the back. You want it level. So I'll probably shave some off the blocks or buy new ones. Eventually lol.
 

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Thank you LILWHITEDAKOTA. I will at first check the t-bar leveling in a matter that it won't maxed out then go for the rear. Afterwards i will check the shock absorbers and wheels.

Thanks again everyone.
 
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