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Moved my Shackle mount, What a difference

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BigCountryx, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. BigCountryx

    BigCountryx 1/2 ton status

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    I'm running 6" TC front springs, my rides has been somewhat harsh due to the poor shackle angle so I figured I try moving the mount forward just like I was doing a 52" swap, what difference it made. Ride height came down about 3/4" but the ride improved greatly. My angle is still not the greatest, I know alot of peole run much steeper angle, but with the lift springs, I have a longer stroke before flattening the spring out so if my angle was much greater, the chance of me hitting the frame if stuffed hard would increase.

    I'm also running 56" long 4" lift TC's out back. They were allready a little tall for the front so I pulled the bottom leaf on them. These two changes softened up the ride alot. So there is a chance to have a decent riding rig taller than 4" of lift. Here are a couple pics.

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    Lots of trimming and a Front Driveshaft still needed :angry1:
     
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    how did you measure/ mark the hole for the bushing to come through?
     
  3. ColAdo82K5

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    Blazer looks awesome...but two quick questions:

    1. how long did you make your shackles?
    2. Is that a rear overload in your front spring pack?

    Blake
     
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    you use the bottom front hole as the bottom back hole to relocate there is a whole write up on the 52" swap in the tech section
     
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    id run a longer shackle and move the mount forward if it was my truck. i know your happy with what you have though. a longer shackle would compensate for the spring needing more room to expand
     
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    Nice work. That is one sweetass blazer. I was as amazed as you are when I moved my shackle up front. It can actually work as it was intended now. It's got to be one of the best free mods out there. I also gained gained a ton of droop. Here's a couple of pics of mine.

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  7. BigCountryx

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    1. Like crazy replied, I used an existing hole as a guide.
    2. You guys don't miss a thing, I did slide my old overload from my 52's in to add about an inch of height. This is temp. until I lower my front hangers a little to also help out with my caster. Caster is also why I limited my shackles to 6.5".

    BTW - I just proofread my earlier post, boy am I an idiot. Edited to show signs of intelligence.lol
     
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    79K20 I'm sure your right, but My frame is starting to look like swiss cheese right there so until I weld up the unused holes the mount is gonna have to stay where it is. Better chance that I will swap in some 2" 52's up front in the future so I could maybe work all that out later.

    Kold, Thanks for the props :D I'm happy with the progress, just can't wait to get it on the trails and see if it'll twist up like yours, If it comes close I'll be happy ;)
     
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    On my 4" TC lift is the shackle angle giving me the feeling that when i hit a hole in the road to feel like my axle is falling? it feels like whenever i hit a hole that my axle is dropping down real fast i dont know how to explain it. I know my angle isnt that good. Over all how hard is it to move? Do most use their stock shackles or do they buy new?
     
  10. muddyblzr

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    bigcountryx that thing is sweet. i just go re-motivated to lift mine a little more and get some bigger tires. paint looks just like. nice work man! :bow:
     
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    It's a pretty simple swap. The drilling is cake but getting the proper shackle length was a pain. It took me building three different lengths to finally get the correct one for my 6" BDS springs. The stock shackle angle is BAD. Swap it and enjoy the ride!
     
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    id like to try and find someone iwth my setup i know a lot have 4" TC Springs and want to see how far they moved them
     
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    Your gonna move the shackle hanger the same amount regardless. The big difference is in shackle length. Too short, spring eyes hit the frame. Too long, bad caster and pinion/driveshaft angle.
     
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    That is one sharp looking K5 :bow:
     
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    K10 with TC 2" EZ here; I love freebies too, is this a case where moving the shackle brkt. one step forward on the frame, plus the longer shackle plates gets us wider range of travel? Do the shocks finally blow-up from extension?:confused:
     
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    BigCountryx, that thing looks damn sweeeet!!! :bow: :pimp: :bow:
     
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    Aw shucks....thanks

    I'll trade you for your 3+3 :D
     
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    damn bigcountry i just looked at ur sig and urs is almost identical to mine just alot bigger! now i can kinda tell how mine will look when i put on bigger tires and a little more lift.
    nice work super clean rig! what did you use to cut ur fenders?
     
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  19. ColAdo82K5

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    koldsimer,
    What length did you use and did they change the amount of lift at all ?
    thanks
    Blake
     
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    Combination of grinder w/ cut off blade, and a sawzall. I need some more blades! :eek1:
     

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