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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 79Stomper, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. 79Stomper

    79Stomper 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    for a shackle angle? It is unloaded, no body and no axle underneath. I think it will be plenty once I get the body on and and everything else that needs to be hooked up, hooked up.
     
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    Might be too aggressive with weight on it. Looks ideal if that was with weight on it...

    Rene
     
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    x2....
     
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    thats what mine looks like with weight on it
     
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    i wouldnt go that far as too aggressive. If when weighted the angle is too steep just step up to a longer shackle. it will straigten the angle out some and give you even more droop/ compression.
     
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    Right purdy though..........:waytogo:
     
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    heres my angle with full weight on it. with no weight on it, it is almost straight up and down, but not so that it wont wrap around. know what im trying to say?

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    All right, thanks for the comments. I think for now I will just bolt it up and see how it looks with the weight of the body on it. If it is too aggressive then, I will go for longer shackle and/or move the mount back a little farther.

    One thing I failed to mention was that this isn't going to be a full K5. Basically the body and a cage is going to be the top loaded weight. I might even skin it too, still undecided.

    Thanks for the comments though and will keep everyone informed.
     
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    yea you wont be able to tell anything without all the weight on it, just try it, and if it aint good, jus get a longer shackle. no biggy.

    are those 56's? wha length shackle are you using?
     
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    Id keep it till your done. Looks great for droop imo
     
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    The springs will only 'grow' so much, so hook a tape measure to the front bolt and pull it back to the rear shackle. See where 52" or 56" or 57" (whatever the length of your rear springs is) reads to ballpark your max shackle angle. My opinion was based on the amount of arch I still see in your rear springs. Your shackle may end up near to horizontal when the spring is dead flat...

    Rene
     
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    As song as it wont invert it is perfect. I set mine up just like yours. As long as the measurement from the front spring eye bolt to the rear shackle bolt is longer then 56" when flat your fine.
     
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    Sorry, I guess I did leave out some peertinent information.


    64" Springs witht he stock 64 spring shackle. I'd say it is like 2 1/2 -3" in length, haven't put a tape measure on it to say for sure whatthe length is.
     
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    ive got 64's as well, and i went with a 6.5" shackle. i came to this by measuring the length of the main leaf and then subtracting eye to eye length. the difference is the shortest size shackle, and the add 2 " and thats the longest you should use. i heard bout it from someone else on here, and worked out for me.

    reguardless, it looks good. have any complete shots of the rig?
     
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    No complete shots of it as it is all in pieces still. If you check out the Barnacle thread in the SE rgion, well that is my project. Sort of a "variety vehicle" or truely Built, not bought.

    On your shackle flip, did you end up moving the rear mount back or the front mount or go with what you ahdd allready? I read of people moving the front mount for the extra length, but I want the longer wheel base.
     
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    i moved the front forward, and the rear back, i gained bout 2-2.5" of wheelbase
     
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    I'm going to guess that you need a longer shackle. The shackle length (only for a compression shackle like that) should be at least the same length as the difference btwn the eye to eye distance along the main leaf and the straight line eye to eye distance.
    Info Source: Deaver Springs

    Eleventeenth the angle being about right for normally loaded.
     
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    Well I got the rear axle underneath the frame and the angle is too agressive. I think I will order some longer shackles and try that to see if that helps.

    Man those 64's are flexy.....................
     
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    hey go to your local auto parts store, and get some Eibach lowering shackles for a 1500. thats what im running, and i believe they were $65 or something. nice quality shackle. they have 2 different settings so you can adjust it to get it right. i believe they are 2" longer than stock. worked perfect for my 64's
     

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