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Home made shackle flips

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by thatK30guy, Nov 3, 2001.

  1. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Anybody done their own? I mean by cutting the bottom part of the rear hanger so you can just flip the shackle over and thru the hole. The time is near that I'm going to finally lift the Blazer I have. It's going up to 4" and getting the "new" 35" tires I got today on a smoking deal. Read my thread on the "tires/wheels for sale/wanted" forum.
    So, any ideas on the home made flip?

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    Yup. Can't say for sure, but I may have flipped the shacles around for clearance ( I think I did). Been that way for ~5 years, no probs.

    Pete

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    SCOOBYDANNN 1/2 ton status

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    My friend did it, i don't think he has had any probs, but I'll ask, I can take some pics too if you like.

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    k5blazerus 1/2 ton status

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    my buddy jason AKA, Blue Beast. he took the front spring hanger on the rear springs off a parts truck and took off his rear spring hanger swaped them and there was 4 inches . I think you can buy the hangers for around $20 bucks or so.
    colin

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    I have a set of front hangers for the rear springs that I'll sell for $25.00. That's what I gave for them. They are from a blazer/jimmy frame. PM me if you want them.

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    I think the Front hangers from the rear springs look really good. The blazer on here that did it, the guy did a really nice job on it.

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    Thats how I lifted the rear of mine. I used a plasma cutter, but I ve heard of people using a grinder. I was easy and works great. Just make sure you cut enough so the shackle doesnt hit the hanger.

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    Do you have any pictures?
    I'm thinking of doing the samething and would like to see what it will look like.

    Ric

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    i did mine w/a plasma cutter and cut the hole rather large then i took a 1/4x3x6in piece of steel, had it press-bent at a 35degree angle, i drilled a hole so the shackle bolt could go through it and then gusseted it to the outside of the shackle and up to the very top of where the shackle rivots to the frame. it cost me a total of $10 and about 4 hrs. and i gurantee its way stronger than ORD's and lets it flex every bit as well. oh-ya i also used shackles off a 92 chevy 3/4ton ( a little longer ). you have to use them backwards, and you will most likely have to reverse shim the rear end slightly if your not running a c.v. shaft. i got about 5-5 1/2in. of lift, hope this helps.
     
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    Thanks to everybody who replied!! [​IMG]

    While I may be leaning towards the way the pic showed on what Fender showed us, this seems to be the cheapest and easiest to go. I cannot find any extra forward hangers to install. I want a cheap and quick flip, so may just plasma the holes under the stock bracket and call it done. Hope everything goes smooth when the time gets here to do it. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    If anybody else has more pics, go ahead and get them up so we can see more ideas. [​IMG]

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    Hey man, that's my picture!!! I have a few more on my webpage. It's all pretty easy to do. I used a grinder and a sawzall. If you have any q's, feel free to pic away.

    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>
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    i cannot see how the shackle has enough travel in that pic.
    seems to have 1/2" before it bottoms on the hanger.
    as the spring flattens it elongates, the shackle moves towards the rear.
    looks like a bad mod to me.
     
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    Its all trial and error. The cut out was elongated after the picture was taken. Everything works like a charm now. I'm not sure what your definition of a "good" mod is. I realize it didn't come in a box from a big name brand and a bumper sticker but it's effective and it was free[​IMG]

    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>
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    a good mod to me is one that doesnt cause the springs to pound into the frame or brackets. if you say you have trimmed it back to where this wont occur, then that is a win.
    I havent tried it but it didnt look to me as if there was enough metal to trim to allow full range of motion.
    a recent magasine did a dodge and had a long list of trouble with not enough shackle travel.
     
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    i am with you on the boxed parts, i dont have anything from the 'box parts' group on my truck other then some cheapo junk leaf springs, everything else is junkyard dawg on my ride
     
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    What I did was 180 the shackle to face the other direction, then with a can of spraypaint in hand went out and tried to bind the suspension up the best I could, find where the paint had been scraped off the shackle, then cut some more and went out again. It's been a few months and so far so good.

    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>
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    yeah but u have to run a trac bar, for street driving , i talked to guy that made that setup.

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    NO BREAKAGE :)<P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by K10ANDYKHAMNIC on 11/04/01 03:47 PM.</FONT></P>
     

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