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Homemade Shackle Flip

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by MNorby, Feb 14, 2002.

  1. MNorby

    MNorby 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Last night I was just about to start cutting the bottom of my stock sprint hangers to do the shakle flip like the one shown on teh tech page. I aborted teh operation since it was already 8:00 and I need the truck to get to work so I figured I had better hold off. I've heard a few talk about their homemade flips and was wondering, can you cut teh hole in the hanger while it is still on the truck? It wouldn't be that hard to take off since I had it off once and it now uses bolts instead of rivits. The only thing I see about not taking it off would be trying to get the springs around the hanger to the bottom of it. Also do I need to take the shakle part and rotate it? It looks like it bends slightly and that if I just flip it w/o taking it off the spring pack that it would bend the wrong way? Thanks for any help :)

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  2. BorregoK5

    BorregoK5 1/2 ton status

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    I cut mine while it was on the truck. Just keep in mind that your right next to the gas tank, use your better judgement in your case on wether or not it is safe on your truck. some people have leaky tanks or filler hoses whcih could cause problems, severe ones. If you can take it off, then do it that way, be safe and save your back! ;)

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  3. jimmyjack

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    Basically what I did to mine was leave it on the truck and I used a grinder to cut four grooves THRU the hanger, then I used a sawz all to finish the cuts. I was told a sawzall wouldnt work well but I ran out of grinder wheels and thought "what the hell". It works like a charm. As far as moving the shackle to the bottom, I removed both shackles from the hangers and used the floor jack to swing the rear axle. I didnt do much measuring and "goesintas", I just hacked and hoped, so I did alot of unnescessary work. Kind of trial and error but I love the finished result! Good luck and be safe.

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  4. TrcksR4ME

    TrcksR4ME 1/2 ton status

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    On the subject of home made shackle flips, does this method work ok, and hold up? Anyone have pics are specs on how they did theirs? Considering saving myself the 180 that ORD charges, but only if its strong enough to hold up to wheelin.
     

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