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extended front shackles..

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 90blzr, May 25, 2001.

  1. 90blzr

    90blzr 1/2 ton status

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    Can someone give me the pros and cons on using the extended front shackles, like the ones ORD sells. Are they necessary?
     
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    A lot of times the stock front shackles allow the spring to hit the under side of the frame under compression. ORD's shackles are about 1/2" longer and prevent this from happening. They are also built from thicker plates than stock so they keep the axle located laterally much better than the stock ones. I would also spring for the greasable bolts and all at the same time. I found they increased travel and flex, improved the ride measurably and got rid of a lot of squeaks i had.

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    Rene

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    WOW!! advice from a living legend!! LOL! Thanks
     
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    LOL...I'm baaaaack!

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    I didn't use the ORD parts but, I did notice a softer ride and more flex on mine. The ones I have are about 1 1/2 longer. I only did this much to make my tire stop hitting! But my pinion angle was affected.

    your right. I don't understand the jeep thing!
     
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    bablazer73 - how bad was the pinion angle and how did you deal with it? What size lift are you runnin'
     
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    bablazer73 - how bad was the pinion angle and how did you deal with it? What size lift are you runnin'
     
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    I was running 4" front springs. Raised me up to 5". I never really had a problem with the front shaft/pinion angle. It never vibrated. I dont have unlocking hubs on my truck. Shaft turns all the time. But it looked nasty!! the pinion pointed down!

    your right. I don't understand the jeep thing!
     

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