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ORD heavy duty shackles... DO IT NOW!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 83k5inthefort, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. 83k5inthefort

    83k5inthefort Registered Member

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    Just to anyone that hasn't seen the reviews of these awesome replacement shackles produced by Off Road Design.

    Ordered some via phone on Thursday, arrived Friday, had them on Saturday. They're super tough and a much needed upgrade to any GM still riding on stock front shackles. The ones I replaced were bent completely to the driver's side, causing my front axle to track about 1" to the left. "Stinky" now handles with much less bump-steer and tighter overall steering.

    With the stock shackles off and side-by-side with ORD's, it's hard to believe GM ever fitted those crappy ones in the first place. Check them out!
    http://www.offroaddesign.com/catalog/hdshackles.htm
     
  2. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    I have been meaning to , just had stuff pop up on me , like my electric bill...........DARN A/C UNIT /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    Going to get some soon enough /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    TorkDSR 1/2 ton status

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    upgrade?? and miss precious trail repairs??
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    spotters dave and spanky hard at work... on my truck /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    and for any of you east coast wheelers, paragon has parts stores deliver to the front trailer. and you too could have a set of $24 universal lift shackles /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  4. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    I made my own shackles and it cost me $8.

    As to having your stuff so quickly from ORD, I guess you were luckier than me. Last time I ordered it took me three weeks to get a set of bushings, greasable bolts, and zero rates.
     
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    Z3PR Banned

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    Each time I've ordered from ORD, I've gotten my stuff with in 2 or 3 days.
     
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    Each time I've ordered from ORD, I've gotten my stuff with in 2 or 3 days.

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    Try ordering stuff they're out of stock on sometime. /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif

    Not saying that is typcial of ORD, just my one and only experience with them.
     
  7. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    They sent out my steering brace quickly , and on the phone it was extremely cool to talk to people who actually know about their own products /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
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    Each time I've ordered from ORD, I've gotten my stuff with in 2 or 3 days.

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    Try ordering stuff they're out of stock on sometime. /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif

    Not saying that is typcial of ORD, just my one and only experience with them.

    [/ QUOTE ] I don't mind waiting for high quality products.
     
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    TrcksR4ME 1/2 ton status

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    What kind of plate did you use to make your own? Shackles aren't rocket science, thinking I could make a set for mine /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
  10. 83k5inthefort

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    Shackles aren't rocket science, thinking I could make a set for mine

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    You're right- there isn't a lot to a set of shackles. I opted to purchase ORDs because I would have had to buy the bushings anyway, so it wouldn't have saved me much $$ in the long run. Plus, I wanted to get an idea of ORDs quality since I am contemplating other products of theirs. I went with the non-greasables to save $20, and the only difference is the bolts (the bushings and sleeve they shipped were actually greasable.)
     
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    ord's "HD" shackle is the exact same size as the 1988-1991 stock GM shackles. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    ord's "HD" shackle is the exact same size as the 1988-1991 stock GM shackles. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

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    Is it the same thickness also?
     
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    What kind of plate did you use to make your own? Shackles aren't rocket science, thinking I could make a set for mine /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif

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    I bought some 3/8" x 2" flat to make mine from. It was a little over $7.00
     
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    Definitely agree with ORD's shackles. I've also used their steering brace and zero rate spring blocks to move my front axle 1" forward - no more tire rub on the back of the front fender wells with 35's. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    ord's "HD" shackle is the exact same size as the 1988-1991 stock GM shackles. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

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    This is true- the shackles are for 69-87 applications. I believe, however, (correct me if I'm wrong on this) that Blazers and Suburbans didn't get the longer shackle upgrade in 88, just the pickups did.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
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    ord's "HD" shackle is the exact same size as the 1988-1991 stock GM shackles. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

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    This is true- the shackles are for 69-87 applications. I believe, however, (correct me if I'm wrong on this) that Blazers and Suburbans didn't get the longer shackle upgrade in 88, just the pickups did.

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    In 88 the pick-up had no front shackles as they were IFS. The sub and k5 retained the leafs until 92. Weren't the shackles from 88-91 longer but still the same crappy sheetmetal like stamped steel?
     
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    Yes, exactly, they're longer but the same crappy steel.

    ORD's shackles are the same length as 88-91 shackles, but made from 3/8" plate.

    I made mine from 3/8 as well.
     
  18. jekquistk5

    jekquistk5 Weld nekid Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Ordered mine on sun but because of the holiday they got here today. Installing them on sat!
     
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    Hey 1 tons kept the straight axle until 91 also.
     
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    Hey 1 tons kept the straight axle until 91 also.

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