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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BIGBLUEBOWTIE, May 11, 2005.

  1. BIGBLUEBOWTIE

    BIGBLUEBOWTIE Newbie

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    I'm planing on doing a 52 in. spring swap and I want to make my own shackles. What grade of steel should I use and should I temper it?
     
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    Go with 3/8" thk. x 2" wide cold rolled and it'll be plenty strong. Do the 9/16" bolt upgrade too. Might as well while your in there. Easy enough to do too.
     
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    Just currious was there a factory application for the bushings and sleeve(shackle and frame) that would accept the 9/16" bolts?
     
  4. Hossbaby50

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    You just drill the bushings out to 3/4" holes and use 3/4" .090 wall steel tube as sleeves.

    Harley
     
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    I got 2 "main eye kits" from ORD for my front spring eye bushings... and they came with 9/16" Grade 8 Greasable bolts, and the bushings have an extra wide shoulder to compensate for putting a narrower rear (52") spring in the wider spring hangers up front.
     
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    my front shackles are CNC machined from a piece of 5/8" cold rolled steel. They are machined w/ a built in spacer for my 52's, and I forget if my bolts are 9/16" or 5/8", but I know that i don't run the steel sleeves in my bushings... all that those are there for is to keep you from over tightening the bolts
     
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    theres a lot more to this spring swap than i thought. What is involved in the crossover steering thats got me a little worred I'm on a tight budget
     
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    ^ What he said.
     

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