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Homemade shackles

Discussion in 'Offroad Fabrication - Bumpers, Sliders, Cages etc.' started by Minivek, December 19, 2006.

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      Does anyone have a diagram of the shackles? How long and wide? obviously they're .5" thick. Thanks!
       
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      This is what I used, just no center support
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      Will the same specs work for an 01 Sport Trac? I was gonna do the warrior shackles but I would rather fab my own.
       
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      Well I got bored today and fabbed up a pair of shackles. I decided 3/8" was plenty thick and I used 2" wide stock. Paid $10 for a 4' length and chopped it into 12" pieces. Going by the 1" of shackle equals 1/2" of lift, I made my holes 9.5" center to center. The originals are 5.5" center to center so theoretically, these will give an honest 2" of lift. They are longer than the warriors but I figure I can always drill holes closer together if need be but I cant lengthen them if they are too short. There seems to be different opinions on bolt size so I only drilled my holes up to 1/2" until I get to install them. The original metric bolts seem to be closer to 1/2" than to 9/16 so when I get them out, I will fit them to the original bolts and source longer ones of he same diameter. If I can get a 9/16" bolt to go through the spring and frame, I will go with that size since I already have the appropriate grade 8 bolts. I originally planned to just do the flat bars without the center brace but decided that it might help to reduce side to side deflection around turns on the street. I used a pieces of 1.5" x 1" rectangle tubing I had left over from the in bed bike rack I also built this evening. I was a busy guy tonight.

      Well here they are. Hopefully I will find time to get them installed this weekend. And no comments on my mediocre welding:D

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      Well I got mine installed today. I did it by myself and it took me most of the day because of one bolt that wouldn't come out of the spring eye. I tried persuading it with a hammer and air chisel for a good two hours and couldn't get it out. I ended up cutting the head off and driving it out the other way. Pretty sure it was bent because the others came right out. A couple of installation pointers I can give for those getting ready to do this...one, disconnect the shocks and sway bar before you begin. And two, forget the one side at a time thing like the Warrior instructions say to do. I tried it and the other side makes it pretty much impossible to drop the spring low enough to line the bolt hole up and the spring pulls to the side when you try and if you did get it in, the bolt would have a hell of a time going in. I had it on jack stands and lowered the rear with a jack under the pumpkin to line up both sides at he same time.

      After installing the shackles and giving the torsion bars 8.5 turns, I got exactly 2" all the way around. Test drive revealed no noticeable allignment issues so I wil wait until the new tires to get one done. Neglected to take a before picture but its an obvious difference over stock.

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      Nice! I guess I will make my own also.
       
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      Made my own the other day,nice quick and simple.When I was installing them I used a sissors jack between the spring and the frame to push the spring down(truck was supported on j-stands) to line up the bolts.Did the TT to level and the truck looks 100% better than having saggy a$$.
       
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      I guess I'm going to do my shackles today. I did a spring spacer yesterday to get +2 inches in the front. I broke my shock mount stud. So I'm headed towards AutoZone to get a new one. YAY!!!!:thumbdwn:
       
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      I got some Auto Zone shackles and drilled them out large enough to fit the factory bolts. Then took the smaller bolt that came with the kit and used them as a center brace.
       
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      i installed my shackles last night that i made, and i got exactly 1 5/8'' of lift after i put on my new bumper. Did all your guys springs straighten out a little bit once installed.
       
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      also, im not capable of doing an sas at this point, anything else i can do to get the fron up, obviously the torsion bars have been cranked.
       
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      Nice lookin shackles guys, I never thought this thread would become a shackle gallery :thumbsup: :D
       
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      The back looks a lot like mine, except I painted the green parts CAT yellow. BTW, did you have to lengthen the rear sway bar links after the lift??
       
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      I did the same thing, and painted them black, so they didn't stick out as much
       
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      I made these same shackles a while back. They are great and very strong, even without the center support. I did notice at the rubicon last week that they drag over every steep drop I drop off of. I never even hit my bumper because they hang down so low.
       
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      mine too,but i constantly worry about backin into something and bending a leaf....
       
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      Hey shackle builder guys! go to the deaver spring website, and look at the baja bushings. make ford leafs act like deavers! or, not have too.....
       
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      Time for shackles?

      New here, but figured I would toss this up out of hilarity. The rest of the truck is in great shape though rust wise. So what do you suggest lengthwise for a non lifted front end, not for looks, but for strictly offroading. I dont want too much slant nose up front. :) Also how long are the 9/16" bolts?

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      Thanks guys!
       

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