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shackle?s

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by DesertDueler, Oct 31, 2001.

  1. DesertDueler

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    My front shackles are bent from the rollover and I need new ones. My question is should I make my own out of 3/8" thick steel or should I buy a set? Also if I have to buy a set how are the hill 4 wheel drive lift shackles? I think if I had to buy a set those would be the ones because they will give me a little more lift, and it will make it flex better.

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    Make your own out of 3/8".

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    How long should I make them and how wide?

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    Go with stock length...you wont have to worry about shimming or phantom vibes.

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    I want to go longer because the springs hit the rame with the springs. I know I need to go at least a 1/2" longer like the ORD ones, but I like the hill ones because they alow more flex, which is what I need for rock crawling. I cant drive it much on th street, and I wll tow it to far places, thats what the burbs for :).

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    Ah-soo. You have pratical built rig, Duelerson.....Umm you might want to take a look at the cantilever/double shackle design incorporated in some heeps and tocrapotas

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    Do you know where I can see some pics of these, or where I can buy them fr8train. Thanks.

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    I don't know about Hill or ORDs shackles.
    But, If the spring eys are hitting the frame, than go with the longer ones.

    Why would the Hill's shackle increase "flex"? (I don't know what they are)

    Shackle angle and to a lesser extent length, have alot to do with spring compression force. What I'm tring to say is that:
    - When the shackle is laid forward of the frame (frame mount is in back of the spring eye, when viewd from the side) The spring has to work against the shackle inorder for it to compress. The rear shackle end of the spring has to move down, against the force of compression, for it to be compressed. That would increase the first few inches of "spring rate".
    - When the shackle is laid back (frame mount in front) It would decrease "spring-rate" and make the spring easier to compress. That should give you a softer ride, and more plyable suspension. On the down side, it also decreases load capibility (less "spring-rate") and -might- lower the ride height.
    - Shacle angle is also why the factory used compression shackles in the front, and tension shackles in the back.

    Donknow if that helped at all, but it's kinda on the subject.

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    The hill shackles are 2" longer so it allows the srings to articulate more before the bottom out on the frame.

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    So Hill's are 6 icnches long? I need a set of 6 inch shackles. Gotta web address or something? Save me the trouble of making a set.

    In your case, If the shackles are less than 90 degs (upper mount in rearward -vs- the spring eye) than go with the longer shackles (hills at 6 inch ?)
    If the shackles are 90 degres or laid back, than go with the ORDs too keep them off the frame. (only 1/2" longer ?)

    Too me, If it's one less piece I have to find, cut, drill and shave, the better. (time thing)


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    You can find it in the product review section on this site, just click at the top of the page and scroll down.

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