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Shackle Flip Measurements

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 85jimmy3/4ton, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. 85jimmy3/4ton

    85jimmy3/4ton Registered Member

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    Hi- I am a broke student and trying to make my own 4" shackle brackets, I was wondering if anyone out there has the measurements needed to accomplish this, since I know someone in a machine shop, I will only have to pay for materials, if anyone can help me I would be gr8ful! Thanks, CB
     
  2. AkMudr

    AkMudr 1/2 ton status

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    Yup, cut the bottom out of yer stock leaf shackle mounts then flip the shackle over bolt n go, viola!
     
  3. Zeus33rd

    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    You can do a shackle flip basically for free if you have access to a welder and torch of some kind. Just cut a hole in the bottom fo the hanger, drop the shackle through the hole and bolt it all up. Re-inforce it with a couple pieces of flat bar and call it done. Took me less than an hour to both sides of mine. Gives exactly 4" of lift.
    You can kinda see how I did mine in this picture-
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  4. 85jimmy3/4ton

    85jimmy3/4ton Registered Member

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    which side of the shackel would i want facing forward after the flip the hollow or the boxed side
     
  5. Jonny-K5

    Jonny-K5 1/2 ton status

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    i tried the homeade shackle flip thing. took me all day with a drill and jigsaw. couldnt torch due to the stock fuel tank right next to it. kept it that way for about 1 week. way too stiff of a ride for my taste. not the greatest shackle angle. i can give you the measurements for my ORD kit, but its only the 2.5" version. sorry.
     
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    Jonny-K5 1/2 ton status

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    boxed side
     
  7. Zeus33rd

    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    Hmmm..

    My fuel tank is the stock tank, just mounted about 8" higher. Torched a hole in the shackle with no problem...I don't see any saftey issues there at all. As long as you're cutting from the top down so the sparks are going straight down....


    Shackle angle could be better I suppose. Just make longer shackles. Alot easier to do the home made thing and make new shackles, than to build a new flip bracket from scratch, remove the stock hanger and bolt on the new one. Maybe an hour to do the flip, and another couple hours to make new shackles. Only money spent is on the materials. For a broke college student that prolly can't have his truck out of commision for more than a day, this is prolly the best solution.
     
  8. rhuarc31

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    I made mine by taking a set of rear spring front side spring hangers and mounting them in place of the rear spring hangers. I spaced it out with some 3/4 inch bar stock available at almost any hardware store. For a little extra lift track down the spring hangers from a one ton, they're a couple inches longer. I got mine for $15 at the junkyard, the bar stock cost me 7 bucks for a 36 inch length, I used the extra to fab up longer front shackles. For placement, just line up the top rear hole on the new hanger with the top rear hole from the old one and bolt or weld it on.
     
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    Damn you guys are like Magiever (sp??) How hard would it be to make the 2.5 I would love to save 185 bucks!
     
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    Thank all of you for the quick help, HEY KID do you have a closeup of your hanger, that looks like the easiest way to do this. and 85mudblazin i couldn't open the austink5 page i would like to see how you did the flip but my computer is stupid

    Thanks again everyone, CB
     
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    85mudblazin 1/2 ton status

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    yea our forum just got hacked bad :mad:
     
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    85mudblazin 1/2 ton status

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    Ill post a pic of it here in a min.
     
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    Here ya go
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  15. NorthWestFab

    NorthWestFab 1/2 ton status

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    We used the front spring hanger off a 1/2T 4x4...

    [​IMG]

    Worked well. Needs a longer shackle, but everything works better...till we 4 link it....:D
     
  16. 85jimmy3/4ton

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    Thanks for the pics, looks like i'll hit the salvage yards soon, does the 4wd front hanger swap provide 4" of lift?
     
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    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    Damn...lol, I was just over at the shop with my camera...wish I had known to take some pictures for ya. I can tommorrow though. :)
     
  18. rhuarc31

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    :) thats why i used the hanger from a 1 ton, it was longer, so then I didn't need the longer shackle.
     

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