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bad shackle angle

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by tree_entz, Jun 24, 2004.

  1. tree_entz

    tree_entz 1/2 ton status

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    been soo much talk/discussion of shackle angle lately
    realized myne is not soo hot either. ord 4" flip and stock 1/2 ton springs on a short box. seems too perpendicular.
    -anyone with similar problems?
    -any common solutions? (Next to longer springs /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif)

    -after all i've leanred I dont know why i didn't start w/ a frame-
     
  2. m j

    m j 1/2 ton status

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    move the hanger forward an inch or 2
     
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    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    agreed with Mj. Look at the holes on the under side of the frame. I'd move the bracket so the farthest back hole bolts where the other hole is. Then you will have to drill all new 7/16s holes but that should help. I think Shackle angle has been talked about a lot cause I've been pimping it out alot /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif. Though mine isn't the greatest either, and my front angle simply blows.
     
  4. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    My front angle rocks /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Rear leaves a little to be desired but I haven't had any issues.

    Moving your hangers will do wonders for your shackle angle. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  5. tree_entz

    tree_entz 1/2 ton status

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    how much improvement will I see?
    and correct me if i'm dumb ( /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif) but wont the result be less lift? (that's ok the rear sits a little high still even w/ zero rates in the front).
     
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    The difference in lift will be minimal.

    Shackle angle makes quite a bit of difference in how your leaf spring suspension works and feels.
     
  7. m j

    m j 1/2 ton status

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    stock shackles?

    before you move anything maybe it would be prudent to see if the shackle has enough travel to allow the spring to move

    if you are willing to add a longer shackle in addition to moving the hanger then it is all go
    but if you are trying to keep the stock shorty look long and hard at it first
     

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