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What do you get with a shackle flip?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by odoa3, Apr 13, 2004.

  1. odoa3

    odoa3 1/2 ton status

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    Newbie question! Can someone explain the reason for doing a shackle flip? What do you get out of it? Pro's and con's of doing this? I have been seeing this done alot on here and thought I would figure out if it was for me /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif Thanks
     
  2. 75-K5

    75-K5 3/4 ton status

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    You net about 4" of lift. There's not many cons, except it can sometimes be a little unstable. If you order one from ORD you should have no problems with it though. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. 4X4HIGH

    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    you get either 2.5" or 4" of lift, same ride as before unlike swapping springs and becoming stiffer, no blocks so axle wrap is not there, and it is relatively cheap to do.
     
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    mudjunkie 82 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I bought mine from ORD. Pretty simple to do. spend the extra money and buy the greasable bushings too! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    PerdidoK5 1/2 ton status

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    Is there a shackle flip for the front also, or only the rear? (Are new springs the only way to lift the front suspension?) /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
     
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    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    The front is already setup like that, shackle hanging down in rear. It is recommended to use springs up front to keep your caster the same , and for safety. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    shaun 1/2 ton status

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    There is axle wrap and loding and unloading of the shackle when taking off. But you also net some awesome flex
     
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    odoa3 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks guys, now I just need to figure out how high I want to go.
     
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    is there no one here who does it the old way. i hate to mention free, but it does work. sure there are dangers, but if you're confident enought to the the ORD one you can do the free way as well. just cut out the bottom and a little off the back and flip the stock shackle over and voi la, shackle flip. /forums/images/graemlins/hack.gif /forums/images/graemlins/hack.gif /forums/images/graemlins/hack.gif /forums/images/graemlins/hack.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grind.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grind.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grind.gif

    remember this is not as strong as the ORD kit is, but there are ways of strengthining it by welding a top support brace and or reinforcing plate. plus remember since it wasn't engineered to do this stock you may need to add in a degree shim to smooth out any vibrations. /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif

    but what do I know, two and a half trucks fliped and counting. and only the half had the ORD kit, which I took off due to new rear spring pack being un-settled. atlas 10" spring pack what ya gonna do? add in a block to cover the other 4"(I was planning on keeping the flip kit) and go home knowing the back end is 14" above stock. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    like this?

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  11. tweaker

    tweaker 1/2 ton status

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    if only i had done it like that, the longer springs off of my 89 k1500 would be way better. but alas i must sell them with the lift kit and save some poor sap the trouble of doing a add-a-leaf.

    nicely done though /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     

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