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Front shackles

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by conoverbandit, Nov 25, 2003.

  1. conoverbandit

    conoverbandit 1/2 ton status

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    Is it possible to make your own front shackles using 1/4 thick flat plate steel?

    Also what would be a good length when using 52" front springs. Thanks,
     
  2. 84_Chevy_K10

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    Yes it is, I made mine.
     
  3. BadDog

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    Not from 1/4", I would use 3/8" for significant off road use. Mine are 7.5" center to center and 2" wide. But, 7.5" will be too long for a standard spring pack. Seems like 5.5" is about right, but measure the stock spacing and add about 0.5-1.0 inches (CL to CL) to get a good length.
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    I think I added 1". Someone check their rig out and I'll measure mine.
     
  5. 55Willy

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    use 3/8"
    mine are 7" center to center. that was what it took to get the fords enough to move.
     
  6. yellowK20

    yellowK20 Well Lubricated Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I made these for my buddie there 3" longer than stock so the give 1.5" off lift I made mine from 4130 3/8" thick 2" wide flat bar stock I was going to put the tubing between the 2 halves like daystar shackles have but sway has not been an issue it actually drives better than it did with the stock skackles there plenty strong as well we've jumped this blazer a few time testing them and then checked them with a precesion straigt edge and the have not bent one bit /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    yellowK20 Well Lubricated Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    mine are 7" center to center also the entire shackle is 9" long
     

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