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rear leaf spring shackle angle.... non shackle flip...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by RootBreaker, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. RootBreaker

    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    Ok so I took my bed back off to work on my rear leaf spring hangers....
    this is what they look like ( notice the snow it is an old pic)
    so I will take a newer pic tomorrow as it is night time now....

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    so now.. is the shackle supposed to be straight up an down?
    with it the way it is.. it is already maxed and there is no room for the spring to compress... this is buckling the spring which is bad....
    anyone have pics of theirs????
    thanks
    Jeff
     
  2. rcamacho

    rcamacho 1/2 ton status

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    Yeah, the shackle should be near vertical when the bed is on and it's at normal ride height.
     
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    looks like a 56" spring in a 52" truck
     
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    I think that's the problem exactly. Looks like it's time for a shackle flip!
     
  5. RootBreaker

    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    well yes and no....

    yes wrong leafs on truck...shackle flip = no ... dont have the cash....

    gonna move the rear hangers back... my q is what should the shackle look like ??? what kind of angle? anyone have any pics?
     
  6. MuddinManny

    MuddinManny Banned

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    Hey Root,

    If you're gonna go through the bother of relocating the rear spring hanger, why not wait till you have the cash to snag a shackle flip? That would seem more productive to me, especially when having to work around NJ's stupid lift laws.

    Manny
     
  7. RootBreaker

    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    that my friend is the kicker.. I asked them if I cold do a shackle flip and if it would pass.. they said... they would have to see it but they dont think they would pass it...
    we all know that towing with flips is worse than without the flip....

    also I do mud.. yes flex is nice. .but I dont really need too much flex.....
     
  8. RockinChevy

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    The whole idea behind the shackle flip is to eliminate lift blocks causing axle wrap. State laws and spring flex has nothing to do with the flip.
    I believe there are some of us with shackle flips (with heavy duty springs and swaybar, of course) and still tow without any issues.

    Save up some cash and get the flip. It will be well worth than the stock crap and improve your shackle angle.
     
  9. mofugly13

    mofugly13 1 ton bucket of rust Premium Member

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    I have read that you want as close to 90 degrees as possible between the end of the leaf pack and the shackle. Makes sense to me, mre than 90 and the shackle will have to "cam over" as the spring pack compresses, which I imagine would make for a bit of a harsh ride.
     
  10. 79k20350

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    Towing with a flip IS NOT BAD...

    I see this all over the boards and there is no differance...

    Anyways, use the stock front hanger from a rear leaf spring. It will look factory, be cheap and get the job done... I bet they dont know the differance...
     
  11. RockinChevy

    RockinChevy 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Yeah, he's right. I didn't think of this before. :D I got a lot of stuff done on my Blazer and I'm still learning.
     
  12. big dan

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    this is what I did for mine. cost $25 for the hangers out of a local salvage yard and they even cut em off for me.
     
  13. 79k20350

    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    if you really wann get creative, use grade 5 plow bolts to mounts them (carriage bolts) just grind the square off, and tack the heads so when you tighten them they dont spin. Then just knock the tack off... Itll look like a rivet and actually look factory:D Itll suck to have to tack/ un tack them to get them on/ off but it would be so worth it. Then again you could also make square holes in the bracket with a die grinder but that would prolly take longer..
     

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