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shackle flip

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by balazerjake86, Dec 19, 2002.

  1. balazerjake86

    balazerjake86 Registered Member

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    why do people do it? is it easy to do ? what are the advantages and disadvantages of it?
     
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    TONYP 1/2 ton status

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    I'm putting one on with 57" ford leaf springs, The ride will be softer in the back and more flex off road with the longer rear springs, if your only after the flips they will replace the 4" spacer block,
    I putting on this set... shackle flip
     
  3. balazerjake86

    balazerjake86 Registered Member

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    so if i have blocks for my lift which i do it will replace them? does it make it weaker or anything i really dont do alot of muddin so is this a good mod or should i jsut stay with the blocks
     
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    TONYP 1/2 ton status

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    Most guys don't like the blocks cause they are the week link, the flip puts the spring back on the axle were they should be. Just think about it, any time you put something up on blocks it can and will fall off... /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    TONYP 1/2 ton status

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    look at this post... blocks
     
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    zakk 1/2 ton status

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    i'm positive this has NEVER been covered.

    Shackle flips are the bomb because it makes trucks flat out perform better, unless all you do is mud bogs
     
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    how would a shackleflip inhibit you in the mud? all i do is play in the mud.

    thanks

    nathan
     
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    The shackle flip is a sweet item for our rigs..these trucks originally came with with a tension style rear shakle...a shackle flip does just, that, it flips the shackle and converts it into a compreswsion style shakle, which lowers the effective spring rate... The shakle flip also serves as a way to raise the rear of the truck without the use of lift springs or blocks...So with a shackle flip, you get a lift and a softer ride...I wanted a total of 6" of lift so I went with the ORD 4" shackle flip and 2" lift springs...This gave me the lift I wanted with out the use of blocks and I got a softer ride then if I just went with lift springs...

    IMHO, the ORD kit was kind of a pain in the a$$ to install...it is mechanically a piece of cake, but it is a pain to get all the factory rivets off the frame...plus, you have to drop the fuel tank in K5 so you can tighten the nuts...


    Chris
     
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    TX Mudder 1/2 ton status

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    Get the Echobit flip and you won't have to mess w/ the gas tank on a blazer.
    Plus, if you end up moving on to a different truck, it is easily removed.
    -- Mike
     
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    the only real down side of the shackle flip that I can think of is loss of departure angle some rigs...

    Chris
     
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    axle wrap is not your friend
     
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    after reading that blocks page i realized that i want to do some sort of shackle flip. the question i have now is Should I buy the ord that i see advertised or can i do the mod that is here on the K5 web page?
     
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    i used the Ord style, the rivets and gas tank are kind of a bitch but it only took me one Saturday to get it done, (trips to the hardware store for nuts and bolts.) And i am very happy with it, Im not running the 57 inch rear springs, but i got Stock rear ones, and they ride sweet compared to the old 8"s i had on there before. Im very happy with it
     
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    Eat more chicken.
     
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    Where's the Beef?
     

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