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Home made shackle flips

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by k5 krawler 50, Jun 6, 2004.

  1. k5 krawler 50

    k5 krawler 50 1/2 ton status

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    Does any one have pictures of a home made shackle flip using the stock hanger that gives you about 4-5 inch lift? Thanks.
    Cory.
     
  2. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    You may not have seen it , but it was done here awhile back. Found on here /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    You can also check my sebsite in my sig. I have a writeup with some pics of the one I did. Just don't weld yours on like I did. Bolt it, you will be glad you did.
     
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    just cut a hole and flip the shackle through it... there isnt much tech about it /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif

    i never bothered to put the reinforcements back on either... that was 1 year and 12 wheeling trips ago.
    but i also dont haul any loads
     
  5. k5 krawler 50

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    How much lift did that give you with just cutting the hole like that? That was pretty much what i was thinkin about doing, since money is tite, and just wondering how much that would give in hight? Thanks.
    Cory.
     
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    it'll give you lift equal to the length of the shackle
    (as long as you reuse the same length shackle)
     
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    is there any other modifications that need to be done to accomadate the shackel flip?(shocks, steering componets, ect..?) does anyone have any more pictures?
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    i jus looked at my truck and realized that this would only work in the rear? what do you do about the front?
     
  9. pauly383

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    [ QUOTE ]
    what do you do about the front?

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    You get new springs as the front already has shackle hanging from factory, stronger ORD shackles would be a good idea also ( I'm getting some soon ). Don't forget a steering brace since you plan on lift/bigger tires.
     
  10. k5 krawler 50

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    I saw an echobit flip in another post, i kind of like the idea but people said it went tits up, so i think i am gonna fab up my own flip. I have a question for the people with the echobit flip, if you could, can you measure the hight of the bracket, and how much lift did that give you? Thanks again.
    Cory.
     
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    If someone doesn't beat me to it , I will measure mine tommorrow ( Truck in garage and I'm ready for bed ). There are pics in my signature links though. I lucked out and found my flip kit in town from another member . /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    I'd be interested in seeing the measurments for the Echobit flip kit also.
     
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    Is there anything you have to do to the front shackle on the rear spring? Or does it just raise your pinion angle up alot?
     
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    It raises your pinion angle up a lot. You'll need a shim or else you'll probably be set up for a C/V rear driveshaft.
     
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    yea I plan to get a cv shaft anyway,my current one is screwed up so I guess ill get rid of the blocks and get the cs shaft at the same time.
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    That pic of the flip is about what mine is but the cut was from the back of the truck to just forward of the shackle. It lifted 4" but changed the pinion angle. I dropped the Tcase 1" and helped a lot. I may also need to do something with the rear axle to make it a little better. When speeding up it will vibrate a little at various speeds. I just did a pismo trip with it loaded to the hilt and pulling trailer. No problems with strength or the way it handled. Handled all the offroad abuse just fine.
     
  17. k5 krawler 50

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    Hey i was checking out your pictures of that lift in the rear, and was wondering if i will be able to run the driveshaft i have now, lengthened or not dont know?, or will i have to just buy a cv one at the same time? Also where did you get your drive shaft and how much did it cost you? Thanks.
    Cory.
     
  18. k5 krawler 50

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    Forgot to ask.. what kind of transfer case are you using and did you get some of the measurements too? Thanks.
    Cory.
     
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    Didn't get home until now, was at Kenny Chesney concert. Anyway , I looked at my flip bracket and its a hair over 4 " wide on top and 3 1/2 " wide on bottom. The bolts on top and bottom are 3 1/2 " apart and bottom bolt 1 1/2 " foward. The bolt where the spring attaches actually ends up in roughly same spot it was( look at the bolts in my pic ) and the open end of shackle faces rearward. So it appears to lift higher than through the bottom stock flip , which explains why I got more than 4 inches of lift .These look simple to cut and weld up , wish I had a welder, would copy it for friends since Echobit went bye bye .

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    BTW , there is a gabriel shock now in that spot !!
     

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