Torsion Bar Mount: Keeping Your Suspension Together
The introduction of the torsion bar in suspension was an upgrade that meant greater durability, adjustability, and a smaller profile-in fact, the only downside is that they cannot provide a progressive spring rate! As with any suspension system, a great deal rests on the mount that secures the entire setup in place. Shopping for a torsion bar mount is a simple process-but you still need to be very smart about it.
Types of mounts
The difficulty in shopping for the torsion bar mount that's a perfect fit for your ride lies in the fact that there are different designs for the mount itself and none come with an identifiable name. The first type has a side mounting extension and a donut in the middle. There are variations on this-but the general idea is the same. The second features a wide base and a protruding extension-looking like a proper mount for it.
Which one you get depends entirely on your vehicle and you should always use what you have as a reference point.
Match it to the model
The simplest way to go about finding a match is to refer to the part or OE number that the mount you have is labeled with. You can usually find this in the wide area of the mount itself or, if it came standard on your ride, in the vehicle's manual. It's a big help because this is a standard number that you can use to match to parts in a catalogue or a website to find the perfect mount for your suspension.
There are really only two: steel and aluminum. Generally, we advise you to go for steel because of the stress and strain that the mounts will undergo. It costs more but you more than get your money's worth in durability and life span.
Suspension Maintenance: Installing New Torsion Bar Mounts
Torsion bar mounts support your vehicle's torsion bar. Torsion bars acts as the vehicle's suspension, replacing the leaf and coils springs. Its ride height can also be adjusted, depending on your needs. But if you can hear a loud clunk under the chassis or the steering is a bit weird, it's time to replace the torsion bar mount. We listed the tools, steps, and tips that you need to help you install a new set of torsion bar mounts.
Tools that You'll Need:
- Masking tape
- Wrench set
- Rubber mallet
- Two car jack stands
- A pair of car jack stands
- Torsion bar mount replacement parts
- Park your car on a solid, level surface, and engage the parking brake. Do not forget to put wheel chocks behind your vehicle's rear wheels.
- Always set the car jacks at the vehicle's jacking points. This is to ensure that the vehicle is stable while you're working on its suspension system.
- Take note of the old torsion bar mount's surface bumps or dents. Use this as a guide when installing the new torsion bar mount.
Step 1: Place the car jack underneath your vehicle and pump it to raise your vehicle's front off the ground. Use a pair of car jack stands to support your vehicle.
Step 2: Use a masking tape to wrap around the ride height adjustment bolts before unfastening them. This is to set the same height during the reinstallation process.
Step 3: Unfasten the ride height adjustment bolts and the top nut securing the torsion bar mount with a wrench and set them aside.
Step 4: Place another car jack underneath the cross-member adjacent to the torsion mount. Raise the car jack until the cross-member gives you enough clearance to remove the old torsion bar mount.
Step 5: Use a wrench to unfasten all the bolts securing the old mount to the torsion bar. If you are having a hard time removing the old mount, use a rubber mallet to loosen it. Remove the old mount from the vehicle's frame and discard it.
Step 6: Lower the car jack supporting the cross-member and place it on the other side. Raise the jack until it gives you enough clearance to remove the other torsion bar mount. Again, use a wrench to unfasten all its bolts and if you're having trouble removing the old mount, use a rubber mallet.
Step 7: Install the new mounts and fasten the bolts. Apply the right amount of torque when securing the bolts into place. Reinstall the vehicle's height adjustment assemblies. Make sure that the ride height adjustment bolt is set to its original ride height.
Step 8: Put the car jack underneath the vehicle and raise it to support the vehicle. Remove the car jack stands and slowly lower your vehicle. Remove the wheel chocks and drive your vehicle to verify the repairs made.
Replacing the torsion bar mounts will take about 45 minutes for an expert DIYer, and around 1 hour for a beginner. Be careful when working on your vehicle's suspension system. Have fun!