Several years ago I lifted the car to run larger tires and wheels. The car really looked nice with the white spoke wheels and mud grip tires. Problem is that it rode like crap. The CV joints were clicking and howling. Every time I hit a bump it was like a solid hit to the body. I was going to tear the poor car apart.
To raise the car I used a technique in the rear called indexing the torque rod. The Torque Rod is actually a spring that supports the rear of the car. It has splines on each end. By adjusting the torque rod arm up or down on the splines you can raise or lower the rear of the car. The diagram shows an older model style but the principle is the same.
I turned the springs down two splines. This raised the car about 3 inches in the rear. Now I have chosen to reverse the procedure.
Please be aware this job is dangerous. The Torque Rods are under tension and if suddenly released they could cause great injury or death. Do not attempt this job if you are in any doubt as how to do it safely. I am only showing you how I did the work. Working on automobiles is dangerous please be careful.
All work was performed on a level concrete slab for extra safety.
|Front wheels were chocked.|
|First I jacked up the car to place it on jack stands.|
|A jack stand on each side supports the rear of the car.|
Tire and wheel removed.
|Bolts removed from torque rod arm.|
|I made a tool to compress and contain the spring tension.|