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What is a shackle flip?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jeff l, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. jeff l

    jeff l 1/2 ton status

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    I am sure this is a stupid question; but this is my 1st truck I am rebuilding, and I am hearing a lot about shackle flips.

    Thanks, Jeff
     
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    bp71k5 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    Without any pictures, it's more difficult to explain, but if you look at the rear suspension of your truck, the leaf spring is connected to a small hinged bracket near the back of the truck) In a stock truck, the leaf spring holds this bracket under tension. A shackle flip rotates the bracket ~180 degrees around so it's under compression. The reason for doing this is to give you a nice amount of lift (~4") without having to get new springs which would make the ride rougher, or add any blocks. If you look at the truck, it's pretty easy to see what I mean. Also, take a look at the tech articles section on here, it explains the installation.

    I got one from ORD (Off Road Design) and it worked great.
     
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    As stated above plus on a personal note, I've just done mine and my rear suspension is now much more flexible and reacts faster than before. I have the stock original springs still but you more movement, more easily...if that makes sense?
     
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    Got a picture for ya

    This is when I did mine...

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    heres a pic of mine.
    Cheers

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    I see thanks a lot for yall's help
    Jeff:D
     

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