Season 4: Episode 6
Suspension Lifts

Suspension Lifts

Chris Duke from Motorz TV shows you how to install a 3 inch suspension lift kit on a 2010 Jeep JK and a 2 inch torsion bar lift kit on a 2004 GMC 2500 truck. Special appearance from Daystar’s Trent McGee.

This season 4 episode originally aired on television, and this version contains that same entire episode, but with fewer commercials.

Install

Sears Blue Tool Crew
Daystar Products International, Inc.
Dick Cepek
Mickey Thompson

Partz Mentions

Sears Blue Tool Crew

Episode Notes

In this episode Chris welcomes Trent McGee from Daystar, located in Phoenix, AZ. The two show you how to install two completely different lift kits on two different vehicles, step-by-step. The two project vehicles are a 2010 Jeep JK Wrangler, and a 2004 GMC 2500 HD pickup truck. The Jeep receives a 3″ suspension lift kit, while the GMC truck receives a 2″ torsion bar lift kit. Watch this episode to see how simple the installation can be!

This episode also features Partz!

Product Information

For more information, just click the products on the right!

Music

This episode features music from COLDWEST. “Snakeskinner”, “Ignition”, and a custom song for the Motorz Intro.

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95 Responses to “Suspension Lifts”

  1. GillJattzProduction Says:

    FINALLY

  2. t1mmy13 Says:

    Good job!

  3. DRUMMERNIGGA Says:

    Nice!

  4. phill903 Says:

    Good stuff !! the Jeep JK looks awesome…

  5. fordtruck0 Says:

    Always wondered about that torsion key lift. Very nicely explained… and that Jeep turned out killer!

  6. jjrock5 Says:

    Great show as always, I never knew about that torsion bar suspension.

  7. gocars Says:

    right on! aw yeah! cool! awesome! bad ass!

  8. JimPrower Says:

    Really? they use torsion bars on GM IFS heavy-duty trucks? I knew about Chrysler using that setup extensively in the ’60s, but not GM.

  9. motorztv Says:

    @JimPrower Yup. As seen on Motorz TV :)

  10. salemcripple Says:

    Torsion bar suspension = great for lowering, not so good for lifting. Also, thumbs up if you’ve ever lifted a truck in your garage/barn, only to find out it wouldn’t fit out the door lol.

  11. motorztv Says:

    @jjrock5 Thanks! Not very many people do, which is why I wanted to talk about it on Motorz and show how it’s done.

  12. motorztv Says:

    @fordtruck0 The Jeep has the more drastic before & after of the two due to the taller lift and bigger tires. It looks very very cool. It’s already been off-roading!

  13. motorztv Says:

    @phill903 It sure does. Thanks!

  14. motorztv Says:

    @salemcripple Oh yes, that would definitely suck LOL You’d have to put stock wheels back on to get it out, or if it’s close try airing down the tires. Good point, though! As for lifting, Daystar’s torsion keys did the trick without any problems. You just can’t do an extreme lift.

  15. Justinbuttman22 Says:

    Nice video man keep em coming please haha

  16. EaglesFootball85 Says:

    still wish they could get some more cars to use

  17. The88drunkredneak Says:

    why would you put bigger tiers on a lift? what’s the point of a lift if you do that. when I lifted my 98 jeep wrangler I put on a 4″ lift the same tiers size and rim size just better tiers. it had even more travel with the same size tiers and rim. if I put on bigger tiers and rims I would have gotten only 2″ out of the 4″ lift. that wouldn’t do me any good would it now.

  18. AnythingWeThinkOf Says:

    do they make coil spring spacers for a 1995 ford f150?

  19. MeanStang08 Says:

    very cool installs Chris!! awesome job as always my friend! MOTORZ rocks!

  20. motorztv Says:

    @Justinbuttman22 Thanks!

  21. motorztv Says:

    @AnythingWeThinkOf Give Daystar a call or check out their website at daystarweb(dot)com

  22. motorztv Says:

    @MeanStang08 Thanks for watching old friend!

  23. ViperVenomACR Says:

    i would like to know what about bump steer kit do pls?

  24. ViperVenomACR Says:

    i would like to know what about bump steer kit do pls?

  25. MLCustomMetrics Says:

    Great job (as usual) Chris. Love watching your videos. Maybe you can get a Challenger in there? Also, at 16:15, I think you meant Blue loctite? If not then apologize. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  26. EricTheCarGuy Says:

    It’s always fun to hang out in your garage, it’s so clean.

  27. motorztv Says:

    @EricTheCarGuy Thanks Eric! We try to keep it pretty clean as you can tell! Stay dirty!

  28. asyoulikeitvideos Says:

    Man, I love this show! It’s the most comprehensive automotive modding show that I’ve found on the net so far. Does anyone else notice that Chris gives off a total Bill Murray vibe?

  29. blake05vmi Says:

    @EricTheCarGuy  thanks guys, im about to install my 2″ spacer lift and this was really helpful. nice work

  30. blake05vmi Says:

    @EricTheCarGuy thanks guys, im about to install my 2″ spacer lift and this was really helpful. nice work

  31. blake05vmi Says:

    @MLCustomMetrics na man, the “red loctite” comes in the blue bottle and the “blue loctite’ comes in the red bottle

  32. roma4593 Says:

    KYEUWELLL

  33. claytonhaske Says:

    are you installing the spring extensions when the torsion bar’s key is off, and the bar is pushed forawd? it looks like it in the video. i am going to purchase a leveling kit, just wanted to be 100% on the install, thanks, Clayton

  34. ironworker28 Says:

    Can you add a coil spring with a spacer to achieve say 2 more inches, rather than cranking the torsion bars for 2 inches? This truck like mine has torsion bars with no coil spring, and I would like to not go the route of turning the torsion bar.

  35. ramdarodin Says:

    Are rims 16″ or 17″

  36. juddo13390 Says:

    where you ment to leave the old bumpstop in the jeep or not?

  37. X1OM3TRA1X Says:

    really nice video :) lifting my ford ranger sport this week!

  38. Whizzybaby60 Says:

    if i crank my tortion up and level the front then install a 3 inch body lift would i be able to run 35s?

  39. lvrn14 Says:

    i have a 73 chevy c20 im trying to get the blocks in the coils but i cant get the spring to decompress enough i need 1/2″ more any ideas?

  40. ringenberg2 Says:

    That suspension lift doesn’t seem like it is going to handle “hardcore off roading”, I would like to see any other modifications you made prior (IF ANY) since you have to worry about the prop shaft slipping out of the rear and sometimes the front. Thank you sorry if you get any nasty comments or criticism towards me while this comment is posted.

  41. christiangr22 Says:

    does any body now if i get the 3″ bds lift for a 2011 jk do i need to get new track bars

  42. christiangr22 Says:

    does any body now if i get the 3″ bds lift for a 2011 jk do i need to get new track bars

  43. motorztv Says:

    @christiangr22 Give BDS Suspension a call

  44. calfan3 Says:

    i have a 2001 Ford Explorer, if i wanna lift it, what do i need? thanks

  45. calfan3 Says:

    i have a 2001 Ford Explorer, if i wanna lift it, what do i need? thanks

  46. erziad Says:

    hi im ziad from malaysia,i wonder if you guys have the produa kembara lifting kit?

  47. XXdetonator890 Says:

    When you install tires with a larger diameter how do you adjust the speedometer to the correct mph?

  48. motorztv Says:

    @XXdetonator890 You need to get a programmer (SCI, EDGE, DiabloSport to name a few…)

  49. josephfoster30 Says:

    What lift kit do I need for an 2002 Chevy Silverado 1500 2wd for 3″?

  50. josephfoster30 Says:

    What lift kit do I need for an 2002 Chevy Silverado 1500 2wd for 3″?

  51. TheWillbell Says:

    What size tires did you put on the GMC?

  52. TheWillbell Says:

    What size tires did you put on the GMC?

  53. rstanek11 Says:

    do you know, if i put a 3 inch coil spacer lift in a 2001 dodge do i need longer shocks?

  54. prerunnermaniac Says:

    Hey Chris another great episode. Lift kits do make room for more rubber but do little to enhance performance. It would be great for another episode to put a long-arm kit on that JK. The DayStar lift is a good start for most people.

  55. cpinkerman Says:

    The new torsion key is con. All it does is add preload to the torsion bar the same as cranking up the stock key. So if you think it does something else you need to think about what is happening that makes the front end higher. The new one is adding more twist (preload) to the bar only using less bolt threads to do so because of the bigger angle. Tell me how i am wrong. If you cant get enuff from the bolt your bars are shot and need replaced.

  56. JoshGHS11 Says:

    Does anybody know how to tighten the torsion bars in the front on a 2011 gmc sierra to level it?

  57. ProtectABedTV Says:

    Lifting suspensions is awesome, thx

  58. jsta24 Says:

    U.S. Made parts and accessories…. Why does it say MADE IN MEXICO on all the items? I bought this kit for my JK, I think I deserve a refund.

  59. carlosromero9111 Says:

    buen video gracias

  60. msarmyguard Says:

    i did this lift at my house and it took me about 5 hours lol and seemed alot harder when i did it, you guys did a good job

  61. motorztv Says:

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  62. hitary1 Says:

    product placement! lol

  63. hitary1 Says:

    product placement! lol

  64. FriscoJarretts Says:

    Speaking from experience, that is the worst way you can lift one of these trucks. It ruins the ball joints and makes it ride like crap. I ran mine like this for 50K and I now have to spend over 1300 dollars to rebuild the front end. On top of all that, it makes your CV axles wear out fast too.

  65. FriscoJarretts Says:

    Speaking from experience, that is the worst way you can lift one of these trucks. It ruins the ball joints and makes it ride like crap. I ran mine like this for 50K and I now have to spend over 1300 dollars to rebuild the front end. On top of all that, it makes your CV axles wear out fast too.

  66. Hendrik1293 Says:

    Yeah cranking the torsion bars is about the stupidest thing someone can do, too bad you found out the hard way

  67. FriscoJarretts Says:

    Yep… I put a proper lift on my truck this time, and it rides sooo much better.

  68. Hendrik1293 Says:

    Yeah cranking the torsion bars is about the stupidest thing someone can do, too bad you found out the hard way

  69. FriscoJarretts Says:

    Yep… I put a proper lift on my truck this time, and it rides sooo much better.

  70. seacuracao Says:

    nothing worse than a stock jeep…. +1 :D

  71. seacuracao Says:

    nothing worse than a stock jeep…. +1 :D

  72. larkintk01 Says:

    thanks to Dick Cepek for giving us Mickey Thompson rims and tires (y)

  73. Tyler Larkin Says:

    thanks to Dick Cepek for giving us Mickey Thompson rims and tires (y)

  74. Tyler Larkin Says:

    thanks to Dick Cepek for giving us Mickey Thompson rims and tires (y)

  75. videomaniac1075 Says:

    12:30 stock exhaust?

  76. videomaniac1075 Says:

    12:30 stock exhaust?

  77. powercamaro87 Says:

    Torsion lift with blocks is only stupid if you’re lifting higher than 3″. Anything more than 3″ is going to really stress your ball joints and drive like garbage. Any lift 3″ or less is fine for a Torsion and block lift. I know plenty of people with a 2-3″ Torsion/Block lift just to fit 35″ tires. They have been running that way for many miles and years without hearing complaints about it. That’s only because GM will even tell you anything 3″ or less is still within factory and safety standards.

  78. powercamaro87 Says:

    Torsion lift with blocks is only stupid if you’re lifting higher than 3″. Anything more than 3″ is going to really stress your ball joints and drive like garbage. Any lift 3″ or less is fine for a Torsion and block lift. I know plenty of people with a 2-3″ Torsion/Block lift just to fit 35″ tires. They have been running that way for many miles and years without hearing complaints about it. That’s only because GM will even tell you anything 3″ or less is still within factory and safety standards.

  79. marco galanti Says:

    Land rover best

  80. marco galanti Says:

    Land rover best

  81. Jr Estrada Says:

    have you guys already did the spring over on the Cj5?

  82. Jr Estrada Says:

    have you guys already did the spring over on the Cj5?

  83. team0blackmanner Says:

    Torsion key lifting is terrible. It screws up all the front end angles and causes a terrible ride

  84. team0blackmanner Says:

    Torsion key lifting is terrible. It screws up all the front end angles and causes a terrible ride

  85. UNKERP101 Says:

    Craftsman tools come on guy your instailing a 800$ kit with tools that would snap and strip if we tryed to do it why not snap on ?

  86. UNKERP101 Says:

    Craftsman tools come on guy your instailing a 800$ kit with tools that would snap and strip if we tryed to do it why not snap on ?

  87. Joseph Kyler Says:

    Well apparently the craftsman tools didn’t snap or strip… So where is the issue?

  88. Joseph Kyler Says:

    Well apparently the craftsman tools didn’t snap or strip… So where is the issue?

  89. jdm672 Says:

    so im thinking in getting the lift kit for jk.do u think its a good idea or what an I get for a low amount of cash

  90. UniProAnglers Says:

    son ive done a lift with harbor freight befor don’t tell me about cheap

  91. DALE97DSM Says:

    @ motorztv. This is great, could you do another How to Lift a 1986 to 1990 Ford Ranger. Also how to convert a 2wd to 4wd for the same year 1986 to 1990 Ford Ranger 5 speed. If anyone else has done this, could you discuss each process (steps) whats parts any website links or youtube videos.

  92. mac mitsch Says:

    dont put a spacer lift in a jk if you plan to off road they can slip and the coil springs will come out i would just get a full suspension system including new coils and new springs

  93. WillisL94 Says:

    I’ve never done any auto work but I need a truck that can haul a trailer. Do you think I’d be able to lift a GMC on my own? I’m trying to figure out which truck to buy that I can work on myself (don’t have much money to be sending it to mechanics)

  94. Bodybuilder X Says:

    This is much beyond a DIY project.

  95. 3500 hauler Says:

    How did the GMC drive afterwards? I did this to a Chevy 1500 and the ride was terrible, though I did not use the Daystar product.

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