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home made shackle Q's

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by shupach, Jan 6, 2002.

  1. shupach

    shupach 1/2 ton status

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    home made shackle Q\'s

    i just installed my new 38in swampers on my blazer w/ its 8in lift, unfortunately the rear sags a bit(i dont know why) so im gonna do a shackle flip in the rear to even it out a bit. I dont wanna spend alot of money on a shackle flip and i hear theres a homemade version that should be pretty cheap. anyone know how to do this and how long it takes?

    thanks,

    phill
     
  2. Thumper

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    Re: home made shackle Q\'s

    Like I said in the chat room, you can use a front hanger from the rear leaf pack on a 1/2 ton pickup. Cut the rivets off of the truck, and scoop the hangers. Cheap. Then cut your rear hanger rivets off, and bolt the pickup truck one in its place. Take a look at a truck next time youre near one. They work great and VERY cheap.

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  3. shupach

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    Re: home made shackle Q\'s

    thanks man, ya i'll need to stop by the local junk yard. im also looking at the ord one.

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  4. AGM73k5

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    Re: home made shackle Q\'s

    You can also just cut the bottom out of your existing shackle hanger and drop the shackle through the hole. It took me about 2-3 hours. I used this grinder: <a target="_blank" href=http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=37558&gt;http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=37558>http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=37558&gt;http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=37558</a> but I think others have used sawzalls. If you do a search you should be able to find some pics and more information.
    I got the grinder on sale so my total cost for the project was $19.99 plus I got to keep the grinder to re-use later. If you've already got a tool to do the cutting then you can do this flip free.


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  5. jimmyjack

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    Re: home made shackle Q\'s

    I used a sawzall after my grinder wheel wore out. It worked really well!!!! All in all it took a few hours, mostly trial and error on the cutting to make the shackle fit.

    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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  6. shupach

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    Re: home made shackle Q\'s

    how much lift do u think u got out of doing the flip?

    phill
     
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    Re: home made shackle Q\'s

    sposed to be 4". I have a bigger than 2.5", more like 3" or better, but not quite 4 in the front and the back sat really high, so I removed the overload spring and it's still a little taller so 4" sounds right.

    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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  8. shupach

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    Re: home made shackle Q\'s

    sounds good enough, 12in the rear and 8in the front, i actually think a couple people are running this combo, plus a higher rear looks better than a sagging rear.


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