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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 74757685k5, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. 74757685k5

    74757685k5 1/2 ton status

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    i put on 56'' springs!!! i used stock rear hanger cut hole in bottom for shackle flip the springs are 4''longer so i put an extra shackle in you have to flip it around and it will lay on top of the 56'' tward the hanger then the normal shackle to the hanger. what do you guys think about that?? good travle ?i havent cheked yet. i think i got 8'' of lift extra over load added. its 30''from center of 14FF to bottom of fender lip my 82 1/2 ton is21an a half. next is my old 52'' up front. flexy.!?
     
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    Esteban86K5 1/2 ton status

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    Is this what you mean?

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    Belongs to a member in my club. I haven't personally seen it work in person, but he says it works well. Only thing I would worry about is the lack of control on a steep decent. The rear could unload and possible cause you to go over.:crazy:
     
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    Or similar problems with steep climbs. Pinion wants to climb and anti-squate goes way up as you approach vertical. When I had the Springer arms, I inverted them several times on climbs...
     
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    That's a good point also.

    I don't think that the set up above is able to invert itself. I belive he put a stop in it to keep the top shackle from flopping the other way.

    I'll be seeing him this weekend on a trail run so I'll get some more info on it.:D
     
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    They can invert like russ mentioned. A friend of mine on here Andrew (77ChevyK10) runs a similar setup. He had his double shackle setup invert on him last time we when wheeling. Had to flex his truck out to full droop on that side and slam the shackle with a hammer to get it to go back the right direction.

    The other problem I would be very worried about with a shackle setup like that is the fact that stock shackles are weak to begin with. Putting 2 of them together and side loading them could cause a bigtime bend very easily. I have seen stock shackles collapse from hard use.

    I would definitly make some stouter shackles if I was going to run that setup and use the biggest damn bolts that you can make work in the junction of the 2 shackles.

    Harley
     
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    thanx for bringing that to my atention. the inverted part i didnt think of.
    i will just weld a stop to keep my top shackle from goin backward.
     
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    the above set up is more likely to invert than mine. my bottom is horizontal that one is vertical .
     
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    So yours is in the shape of an backwards L? _/ Like that maybe? What will keep it from going to the way it's setup in the pic above?:confused:
     
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    gravity?? my hanger hits my shackle if its pushed that way. it is more like _\.
     
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    you would have to full droop and get out and pry it up at the same time pressure is aplied to susspension.
     
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    Kinda the same idea as the revolver shackles, IIRC.

    I would think about finding a way to "lock" and "unlock" them. Plus i wouldn't think of running them on teh road or towing with them.

    But there is definitely some droop potential wiht those!
     
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    Yeah I forgot that you are using your stock hanger with a hole cut in the bottom. I was thinking you had a similar setup as above. :blush:
     

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