Now that my rear suspension is mostly done (thanks Marv!), it's time to think about the front. My biggest complaint is that the arched after-market lift packs are generally shorter eye-to-eye at static rest, which results in a really lousy shackle angle. The axle is not able to drop far before the shackle lines up with the spring severely limiting the axle droop beyond that point (limited to spring deformation only, sort of like pulling it into a "V" instead of an arch). Going up, the eye is (as you point out) pushed into the frame, sometimes actually hammering on the frame. Basically it just sucks in every way. I was talking at length a while back with Donovan and Twizted about ways to correct that, building custom packs to get longer eye-to-eye length, moving mounting points, shackles, etc. I've been eyeballing my front springs allot lately trying to figure out what to do. My current plan (subject to change daily) is to relocate the upper bushing mount about 2-2.5" forward (requires going up about 0.5" due to frame) and building a couple of longer shackles to lower the rear eye about 1". That should keep it out of the spring even though there will be more "de-arching" after the mods, and it shouldn't be enough to screw up the steering angles and drive-line too much. Anyway, I hope to accomplish this by moving the factory bushing casting forward. However, the holes will be really close together so I don't know if the frame will hold up. It's not easy to reinforce the frame without getting in the way of the shackles. The only other option is to add a piece of .125-.250 plate to that area along with a piece of DOM tubing welded into the proper location for the bushing. Suggestions or thoughts? I'm not looking for anything crazy in front. I'm fairly satisfied to let the rear do most of the work. However, the shackle angle is limiting enough that I want to do something, and I really don't care for the "goofy leaf" approach. Russ 85 K30 CUCV, 350 TBI, TH400, 205, D60/C14, 4.56 Locked, 4" lift, 42" tires Some day: massive cutting, shorter wb and rear overhang.