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Home made shackle flip info needed.

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by **DONOTDELETE**, Nov 16, 2001.

    I need some info and pics of a home made shackle flip. Can any one help? Thanks
     
  1. pcorssmit

    pcorssmit 1/2 ton status

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    Do a search.

    Pete

    '83 K5, 350 TBI (ex 6.2), 700R4, NP208, Dana 60/14 bolt, 4.56s, Detroits, 3" lift, 15-39.5x15 TSLs
    '97 Dodge 2500 4x4 CC LB Sport, Cummins 5 spd
     
  2. wayne

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    I am doing mine now. What info are you looking for and how do you plan to do it. I am dropping mine through the hanger and then welding some reinforcement brackets on the top. I will tell you this, while you are doing it you might as well install new bushings in the springs and shackels. I tore mine apart and found out the bushings are shot so I had to order new ones (I reccommend the greaseable ones from ORD) so a few our job is now taking a few days.[​IMG]

    See <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/Waynes-Toy>Project Mighty Mouse</a> here.
    <font color=blue>Wayne<font color=blue>
    <font color=blue>Happy Trails<font color=blue>
     
  3. Michael

    Michael 1/2 ton status

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    I used my 4 1/2" angle grinder and cut a rectanular hole in the bottom of the hanger. Drop the shackle thru the hole bolt it all back up.....done deal. I used no extra support, but I don't wheel.

    Michael[​IMG]
    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.jmartin.net/parker/goose.htm>www.jmartin.net/parker/goose.htm</a>
     
  4. BigBad75K5

    BigBad75K5 1/2 ton status

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    This is my new screen name. I did a search and did'nt find what I was looking for! I just wanted some better pics of an install. And a short form explanation of how it works. Thanks
     
  5. pcorssmit

    pcorssmit 1/2 ton status

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    You mean like this pic?http://coloradok5.com/forums/showflat.php?Cat=&amp;Board=blazer4x4&amp;Number=258525&amp;page=&amp;view=&amp;sb=&amp;o=&amp;vc=1

    Amazing what you can find with a SEARCH. [​IMG]
    Pete

    '83 K5, 350 TBI (ex 6.2), 700R4, NP208, Dana 60/14 bolt, 4.56s, Detroits, 3" lift, 15-39.5x15 TSLs
    '97 Dodge 2500 4x4 CC LB Sport, Cummins 5 spd
     
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    jimmyjack 1/2 ton status

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    Hey, the picture that pcorssmit sent you is of my blazer. Kinda like Michael and Wayne said you cut the bottom out of the shackle hanger. I used a grinder as well as a sawzall. It actually cut pretty easy. I had to rotate the shackle itself to face the other way and had to cut a little more here and there but have a full range of motion and I've had the rear end under some serious binds without a problem. I don't tow anything that's really heavy so I can't comment on that. Look at my webshots and if you need, shoot me an email!

    That jeep thing? Yah I understand it....... Like my Blazer? <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5>http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5</a>
    Jim
     
  7. BigBad75K5

    BigBad75K5 1/2 ton status

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    Found that one man, I've been on this site long enough to know how to use the search link!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wanted a pick of the front and rear hanger and some advice from someone who has done this.Like what they did wrong or what not to do.
    I thought thats what this form was for!!?? I'm just trying fo find useful info not pick a fight with some one like you that has to be a smart $#&amp;^$#^!!!
     
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    jimmyjack 1/2 ton status

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    Hey cousin, ummmmm.......Who is being a smartass? You need to be more specific. I dunno if you're calling me a smart ass, or Wayne or Michael or pcorssmit. You asked for info on a shackle flip. Wayne gave you some good info, I threw you a bone, Michael gave his idea and pcorssmit told you to do a search. This came up just last week. There were 20 someodd replies. I'm not trying to be a dick but I don't think anyone here was being a smartass.

    That jeep thing? Yah I understand it....... Like my Blazer? <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5>http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5</a>
    Jim
     
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    OK, I'm guessing you've found this one too, but just in case:

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.imagestation.com/mypictures/inbox/view.html?id=4267528619&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.imagestation.com%2Fpicture%2Fp71d0bf96df746c652cbefa469bd806f7%2Ffe5d51ab.jpg&amp;caption=shackle%20flip>http://www.imagestation.com/mypictures/inbox/view.html?id=4267528619&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.imagestation.com%2Fpicture%2Fp71d0bf96df746c652cbefa469bd806f7%2Ffe5d51ab.jpg&amp;caption=shackle%20flip</a>

    FWIW, mine is like the first pic link I posted (hole cut in bottom), been that way for 5 years, plenty of wheeling, no problems, wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

    Pete

    '83 K5, 350 TBI (ex 6.2), 700R4, NP208, Dana 60/14 bolt, 4.56s, Detroits, 3" lift, 15-39.5x15 TSLs
    '97 Dodge 2500 4x4 CC LB Sport, Cummins 5 spd
     
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    Well my dumba$$ had the parameters set wrong!! LMAO At myself!! Sorry about the smarta$$ remark,it was a long day yesterday!! But the reply was pretty cocky. I usually try and do a search before I make a post.This time I did'nt change the time line for the search, the default is newer than a week!LOL

    The part I did'nt understand was whether you changed the front hanger also.After I read back through the posts I found my answer.

    Useing a front (rear) spring hanger looks like the best way for a clean and reliable job.

    Thanks for all the replies,and sorry again.This is my second family,I can't be skiped over for the big turkey dinner!LOL
     
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    pcorssmit 1/2 ton status

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    I kind of had the feeling thats what happened (the search parameter). I guess I didn't look at your profile first, either. Just figured you could find what you're looking for since the shackle flip thing comes up about once a week. [​IMG]

    The front hanger is unchanged.

    Pete

    '83 K5, 350 TBI (ex 6.2), 700R4, NP208, Dana 60/14 bolt, 4.56s, Detroits, 3" lift, 15-39.5x15 TSLs
    '97 Dodge 2500 4x4 CC LB Sport, Cummins 5 spd
     
  12. fourwheelerjeff

    fourwheelerjeff 1/2 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    on this shackle flip thing, if you cut the bottom out, you could then use a lowering shackle in reverse to get a little more lift if yu are more than 4 inch lift, although can't comment on stress or fatigue of the longer shackle

    it is always easier to ask for forgiveness than permission
     
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    I've heard the pros and cons of the cut out shackle flip and so far I've had no problems with it. It does look a little thin around the edges but I don't tow any significant weight so I don't really worry about any kind of failure. Eventually I will go with the bracket change just cos it looks a little cleaner. Not sure if you read the other column but instead of dropping your gas tank run some fishing line thru the hole, tie it to the bolt and pull it thru the hole. I did this to install my hitch, it was a breeze!

    That jeep thing? Yah I understand it....... Like my Blazer? <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5>http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5</a>
    Jim
     
  14. BigBad75K5

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    Thanks for the gas tank tip.I don't have to worry about that right now, I'm in the middle of a frame off restore on the old Jimmy at the moment. No tank,no bed,about half a cab and no front clip now!!LOL My wifes starting to get worried about me getting it finished before it snow's.
     

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