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Shackle flip issues on the rocks??

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Thumper, Nov 19, 2001.

  1. Thumper

    Thumper 1/2 ton status

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    Hey all you rock crawlers...
    While we were messing around out in the pit on Sunday, I was asked a question about my shackle flip and I couldnt answer him. The question was: Why would you flip the shackle if it hangs so low that it will catch on rocks way more than it would have if left stock?
    So? Have any of you guys ever messed up a leaf spring by backing into a rock with the rear hanger? Do they cause trouble when the truck drops down onto a rock and it lands on the shackle? Do you have to be super careful to avoid hitting the shackle when reversing, or is it an issue?

    Just wonderin...

    Mike


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  2. JunkYardCrawler

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    i havn't had any probs with mine.
     
  3. FRIZZLEFRY

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    I drag my shackle and the rear of the spring from time to time.If Im commin down off of something I think Im gonna drag on I just come down real easy and slide off.

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  4. Thumper

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    Cool Frizz... but you have never damaged the shackle or spring? Thats what I wanted to know dude! Thanks.

    Mike


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    Oops [​IMG] forgot about that part.No,havent hurt my shackle or my springs.I havent backed into any rocks either but if I did it would be at low speed so I dont think it would hurt anything.

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  6. Blazer79

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    If you think about it well, you're actually gaining more clearance than with no flip.

    In stock form, the frame and the bracket are below the bushing level, with the flip, the lowest point is the bushing. You're actually raising everything, while the bushing remains at the same height.

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  7. marv_springer

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    I've drug my shackle and the rear part of the spring over rocks occasionally - but I've never damaged a spring.

    Your point that the shackle hangs lower after the flip is valid... but a worthwhile trade for more travel and no blocks...!

    Marv
     
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    Another thing that I have seen is that if you are going off a step your springs will hit befor the gas tank.

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
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    Depdog chrushed a shackle like that. They do get banged a bit. While following guys withthem you can watch it happen. I woulden't sweat damaging the spring, though.

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    I am no rock crawler, but couldn't you make up some type of skid plate. Maybe something that bolts rights with the spring?

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