How do I remove the torsion bars off a 96 Safari.

  • 1996 GMC SAFARI
  • 200,000 MILES

How do I remove the torsion bars off a 96 safari awd

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Sunday, November 11th, 2012 AT 7:04 PM

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1. Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel and tire assembly. Unload torsion bar tension. See Fig. 2 . Mark adjusting bolt setting. Using Torsion Bar Unloading Tool (J 36202 ), increase tension on adjusting arm.
Remove torsion bar adjusting bolt, counting number of turns for reassembly reference.
2. Remove torsion bar adjusting nut. Slowly relieve torsion bar tension. Remove unloading tool. Slide torsion bar forward. Remove torsion bar adjusting arm. Remove support mounting bolts, nuts and washers.
Remove support retainer, spacer and rubber insulator. See Fig. 4 .
3. Slide torsion bar support rearward. Slide torsion bar rearward and pull down to remove from lower control arm. Mark right and left torsion bars for reassembly reference. Torsion bars must be reinstalled in same
location and direction as removed.
4. Inspect torsion bars, adjusting arms, retainers, rubber insulators and support for bend, cracks, deterioration or damage. Check adjusting bolt and nut for damage or stripped threads. Replace as necessary.


1. Install torsion bar rubber insulators, spacer and support retainer onto support. Install support assembly onto frame, slightly behind mounting holes.
2. Install adjusting arm and seal onto torsion bar. Slide torsion bar into lower control arm in original position. Slide torsion bar support forward, engaging rear of torsion bar in support. Install support mounting bolts,
nuts and washers. Tighten bolts and nuts to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS .
3. Install adjusting bolt and nut on each torsion bar. Add tension to torsion bar with Torsion Bar Unloading Tool (J 36202 ). Ensure adjusting bolt is positioned to setting marked before removal. Release tension on
unloading tool until tension is taken up by adjusting bolt. Remove unloading tool. Lower vehicle. Check wheel alignment and adjust ride height. See WHEEL ALIGNMENT SPECIFICATIONS &

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