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Front shackles.... tell me I'm an idiot please

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sled_dog, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    Why is front shackles a bad idea? I mean shackles at the very front of the frame rails. Would make my SFA easier to do, but I know Jeepers and Ford guys convert away from this setup. As far as I know, it puts lots of stress on the springs and makes them more suceptable to bending.
     
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    85mudblazin 1/2 ton status

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    Well the way I see it is if you have a 6" shackle hanging straight down int he front and a rock hits it, it is either going to invert or bend the spring. I have hit my K5 spring hanger many times and I can only imagine what would happen if I had the shackle up there.
     
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    It also contributes to a rougher ride. When a tire hits an obstacle, it is deflected to the rear. A front shackle forces the axle to move forward instead. :eek1: A rear shackle lets the axle move in the direction that it is trying to go in the first place. ;)
     
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    Thanks, needed a refresher in why its dumb :D Would be so easy though :haha:
     

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