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shacke flip questions

Discussion in 'OffRoad Design' started by hi pinion, Jan 30, 2004.

  1. hi pinion

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    ive had my eye on the shackle flip,for a long,long time.ive decided to go with a 10 inch lift......i havent decided yet, to go with an 8 inch spring,and a 2 on the flip.or a 6 spring,with the 4 flip.Sugestions???Anyone???oh,i also need to know,ive heard that there are disadvantages with towing....the truck will be around 60% street driven,and 40% offroad.any advantages with ride comfort?Pros?cons?I need to make a descision........on wich one.Thanks guys!!!YOURS TRULY,HI PINION
     
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    what r the problems with towing?
     
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    damn, 10" is a lot of lift... at any rate, if I wanted 10" of lift, I'd go with the 4" flip and 6" springs.

    not sure exactly what the prob is with towing, never towed anything with my rig... some kind of detatchable anti-sway bars might alleviate the problem if its some kinda stability issue..

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    I have heard its becuase the stock shackles in that position will give you some sway and side to side motion. Also under heavy braking it causes somw weird things to happen...I dunno though...no experience with it....rumors? /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
     
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    Thanks Greg.

    TOWING PROBLEMS WITH A SHACKLE FLIP ARE A MYTH!
    In this case, towing with a truck with a 10" lift is going to be a rough go due to lots of factors.

    for a 10" lift, I'd say the 6" spring and 4" shackle flip are the way to go, the flatter the spring, the better. You might need to take a look at moving the rear axle back, with a deep arch spring, you may find the axle too far forward in the wheel well for your taste. A zero rate or maybe mounting the spring backwards will do this easily. On a K5 or a 'burb you would probably want a bit more lift in the rear anyway.
     
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    do you guys there,make an offset block,for the rear?or would just reversing the spring while insalling get me to where id like to be,without all of that,without any other mods.Thanks...HP
     
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    Hey,Steve,who the heck designs all this stuff????i just couldnt pass on your shackle flip.simple,effective,works,and thats it. hp /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    The Zero Rate add a leaf can be used to offset the axle, in front or rear, either 1" or 1.5".
    Most lift springs have the pin offset a little bit too so you can mount the long end whichever way you want to get the axle where you want it. Some springs do have different bushings front and rear so you have to keep that in mind, this factor may keep you from swapping ends with the spring.

    The shackle flip idea has been around for a long time, I built the 1st bolt on brackets for it but it was around in homebuilt form long before that.
     

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