Todd: I would agree, if you max out the torsion bar adjustment there could be problems. IMO though, adjusting the front ride height by an inch/inch and a half can't do that much harm. Because of their placement, about half way up the a arm, the shock is only extended about a half inch over stock. Also, I haven't noticed a harsher ride. With that said though, I do have a set of Edelbrock shocks on order to smooth out the bumps a little better. Since I put the larger tires on, the ride has suffered a little. I'll let you guys know how it works out.
I would have liked to read the article about the Dakota. Were they discouraging readers from adjusting the torsion bars a couple of inches instead of buying a lift kit?
Always welcome the devils advocate. And by all means, each of you should develop your own opinions - I am no expert!
'97 F150 Lariat, Flareside, SC, ORP, 5.4, Mods: 305/70/16 GY ATS, AR Baja wheels, dual exhaust, Smittybilt nerf bars and fog light mod.