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Hey everyone. I just spent about 4 hours trying to install a leveling kit on my 02. The shock extensions were easy, but I haven't been able to get the old keys off of the torsion bars. I tried everything from a big hammer and drift to a puller. Anyone else run into this problem?:confused:
 

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yes i just did last week it was a total pain i had to heat the old keys till they were glowing then beat on them with a sledge hammer and a punch for about a hour then they finally slid out
 

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I had to put heat to mine get them cherry hot then hit them with a smell 2lb hammer and BIG punch. Good luck
 

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Thanks for the replies. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something. I'm taking mine to the shop tomorrow and letting them install them. I'll just take it in for an alignment after that.
 

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I just wanted to follow up and let you guys know the new keys are finally on! The shop had to cut the old ones off. It was spendy, but I had done some of the work so it wasn't as expensive as it could have been.

Thanks again for all of the responses!
 

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Yeah, as long as you loosen your torsion bars up and use that unloader tool, I made my own, I thought mine came off pretty good, and my truck has 120k on it.
 

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I've run into the same thing. I had them both unloaded and they were loose in the lca, but rusted over pretty good at the keys.

-Blaster, punch and a mallet. No go
-Blaster, bigger punch and a sledge. No go
-Heat, big punch and a sledge. No go (Not cherry red heat though, I needed a torch.)

I'm taking it to a shop later this week.

On the plus side, the Cognito Motorsports UCA, HD Tie Rods, Pitman and Idler arm supports, HD End Links and Bilstein shocks went on fairly easy.
 

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Heat the sh!t out of them and then spray them down works great!!!
 
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