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Homemade shackle flip

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 674x4, Oct 10, 2001.

  1. 674x4

    674x4 Registered Member

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    I am going to be doing this to my truck this weeked( 72 frame, 1/2 ton, short step). Any advice? Thanks
     
  2. arq

    arq 1/2 ton status

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    did you check out the <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/shackleflip.shtml>shackel flip</a> write up on tech section?? I'll be doing the same, eventually.

    ARQ.


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  3. 674x4

    674x4 Registered Member

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    Yeh I was just wondering if anybody had some more input.
     
  4. RedDwarf

    RedDwarf 1/2 ton status

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    Seen good jobs and bad jobs.

    Just make sure you cut enough to clear the shackle through it's full travel. I knew one guy that had it on his truck and the shackle rode against the hanger all the time until he hit a bump [​IMG]

    Still Poundin' "pavment" after all these years!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. jimmyjack

    jimmyjack 1/2 ton status

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    I found that if you score into the frame with a grinding wheel you can use a sawzall to finish the cut! I did one side completely with a grinder. It was getting late, I wanted to finish the other side and my last grinding wheel was just about a nub. I was able to brake a groove thru the hanger in four spots and used my sawzall to cut the rest. It was a snap and saved alot of time!

    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
     
  6. Rockjunkies

    Rockjunkies 1/2 ton status

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    I also did mine with a die grinder and sawzall. Even a dremel will work, but you will go through alot of the little disc's. I have a eletric die grinder with a straight head on it that I think that would do all with a 3" cutting wheel. Also, after I did mine, I found that the shackles hit the mounts on full compresion, I didn't trim enough. So, instead of cutting the hole larger, I simply notched the shackles where they were hitting a 1/4" . I think that it should be plenty stout, never had any problems out of them. But I would recomend that you check your pinion angle when you are done. Mine ended up pointing inline with the driveshaft, not good.

    Keep it simple <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/album71>http://coloradok5.com/gallery/album71</a>
     
  7. 674x4

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    nobody used a cutting torch?
     
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    Rockjunkies 1/2 ton status

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    I would have if I had one. But be carefull around that tank.

    Keep it simple <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/album71>http://coloradok5.com/gallery/album71</a>
     
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    no tank, its in the cab. Probably gonna do this tomorrow night, while i'm putting an 8in lift on. HELL YEAH
     
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    I'm going to do the home shackle flip...

    Does anyone have better pictures than what's on the tech article... It's not too clear...

    I dont know how much to cut out...
     
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    I used a plasma cutter with no problem. Cut through it like butter.

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    I used a torch. Cut out enough so the shackle swings freely.

    Sherman, Tx
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    Check these out <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/album/10685237kdEYAEtMcv>http://community.webshots.com/album/10685237kdEYAEtMcv</a> they're what I used as a guide. Thanks <font color=red>Jimmyjack</font color=red>[​IMG]

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