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Old 11-22-2020, 09:46 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm in search of either the driver side torsion bar along with the key for it or a set for both sides with keys. I have a 1996 d21u hardbody xe king cab. I have come across two different oem ones, they are listed as torsion bar with key with either a 6' or a 7' box, I'm not sure what the difference is between the box sizes, or how to tell which one I need, so if you know the difference please inform me. I live in Southern Illinois near Carbondale, but I would gladly pay shipping for a torsion bar with keys at the right price. Let me know if anyone can help, thank you.
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https://swayaway.com/product-categor...ars/tb-nissan/

That page shows there is really only 1 set that fits your truck. I'm going with the guess that you have a 2wd, so you want this part number:

Sway-A-Way SKU 1446
Torsion Bar Set 86-97 Hardbody, 97-99 Frontier 2WD $225
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But the frames from the back of the cab forward area the same, so the torsion bars are only different between 2wd and 4wd.
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Yeah, it's a 2wd king cab. I looked at the aftermarket bars, i'm more looking for a set of used ones at a lower price - its my daily/work truck which I paid only twice what the new performance torsion bars cost, lol.
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Yeah, it's a 2wd king cab. I looked at the aftermarket bars, i'm more looking for a set of used ones at a lower price - its my daily/work truck which I paid only twice what the new performance torsion bars cost, lol.
I'm going to hit you with some sad piece of news: You are going to have to spend money on the old girl to keep her running.

I've bought lots of low-dollar vehicles, and it hurts when you wind up spending 5 times more on repairs than you paid for the vehicle.

Sometimes it is cheaper to bail out of these, but then you might find yourself looking at a car payment.

But, after you spend the money on them, they usually take care of you.
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Oh yeah, trust me I know. Not my first rodeo. I was looking at an 88 or 89 d21 2.4 5spd, same engine except it's not fuel injected. Good body parts, cracked frame with 300k miles on it for 150 dollars to use for parts, should suffice, I just was not sure if the regular cab torsion bars would fit my king cab, but judging from the comments, they should. I figured most body parts (front fenders, hood, front and back bumper, and tailgate, etc) would switch over since the body remained unchanged through 96. I wanted to know before hand if I could use the parts truck to repair the torsion bar since that's the only mechanical problem I am having at the moment. I have new upper and lower ball joints as well as new struts and both inner and outer tie rod to replace the old ones once I can get the torsion bar replaced.

Thank you for the input though. I just didn't have anywhere to turn to where I could ask random technical questions.

Oh, and thank you for the help.
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Your parts truck should be great. Getting the old torsion bars out is going to be the only hard part.

On the frame, Nissan used mild steel, i.e. no heat treating like modern frames use. What that means is that you could always crawl under there with a welding machine and sew the cracks back up without metal degradation.
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I'm glad to hear that, I noticed today a small crack forming in the front of the 96 daily. It must have formed from the stress from driving with the broken torsion bar. Large pot holes, etc. that I have hit (I try my best to dodge any holes in the road, etc. atm now) have been almost bone jarring with it sitting on the frame lol. I appreciate all the help. If I come across any other problems I'm sure I'll be posting more on here lol. Thanks again.
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So, I also came across a parts truck, but it is 4x4 and mine is 4x2. Someone said something about the torsion bars being different in the two, or are they the same, can anyone tell me? Also - If I got the 4x4 parts truck and the transmission, etc is good, does anyone know how difficult it is to swap to 4x4 from 4x2?
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