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soon2bsick

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Hey guys,


I just came upon an idea, that other people have had as well. I've seen atleast 100 threads asking about buying shackles from people so that explorer/mounty owners could have at true 2" lift and still have the strength and reliability of a warrior shackle.

I've seen the warrior shackles, I've seen the homemade shackles and I've also seen the prices. After I build and perfect my own shackles I'm thinking of building shackles and selling them, But I don't want to put a $70 - $80 price tag on them that I've seen between 4x4 sites and ebay. Why? because by the time you buy your $80 shackles and $90 - $140 alignment to run a TT/Shackle lift.. You could of just bought a 3" body lift.


But I want to ask you guys what you're really looking for in a shackle, what you like and dislike about the ones you've seen or own. I know warrior's are the hometown favorite, but I didn't buy the Warrior's because I want a 2" lift not a 1.5,

I wan't to build my shackles with a 1.5" - 2" option so that you can place them according to your front lift, I also want to be able to take in custom sizes so the customer has more options. I want to offer shackles with welded middle bars for support and also shackles with no middle bar for the flex guys but a hole in the middle incase down the road you decide to add a bolt in the middle. Or even if you just want to go the bolt option to save $

I'm going to look at the benefits of 1/2 versus 3/8's, and also.. just for fun... custom color shackles.


I'm not doing this so much for the money.. although money is always nice... I just think there should be more options for the guy who doesn't have the tools to build his own.. doesn't want to settle for autozone shackles... or doesn't want a 1.5" shackle.



I just wanted to throw this out there to you guys to see what you thought, and hear what YOU would like out of a shackle. If all goes to plan, I will make shackles for other models as well.


Any input is appreciated
 



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Sounds like a great idea. My problem with warriors is they do not give 2" of lift.
 






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my problem with shackles are there priced to high for what they are.
 












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The problem with making shackles with just the bolt in the middle that already exists just go down to your local oreilly's and their all of $20 thats what I'm running on mine.


My problem with shackles is they flatten your leaf springs-

I thought this had been measured and it was just a disillusion of the eye effect.:scratch:
 






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I have a sport and I really want to put a lift on it, but don't feel like dropping a lot of money. I defiently would pay like $50 for shackles that give it a true 2" lift.
 






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The problem with making shackles with just the bolt in the middle that already exists just go down to your local oreilly's and their all of $20 thats what I'm running on mine.

They wont have just a bolt in the middle, there will be an option of a welded bar OR an open set that can have an optional bolt in the middle. Some rock crawler dudes dont like a brace in the middle. And yeah I can go down to autozone right now and drop $17 bucks on a set of universal lift shackles, but theyre not 1/2 or even 3/8s. I also don't know how much lift they give, if it is a true 2'' or not.

If everyone wanted to buy autozone/oreilly shackles instead of a welded set then warrior would be out of business
 






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shackles on sagged springs do make the springs flatter or even go to a w shape, mine did,
 






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I think they would definitely be of interest on this site especially with the slow economy people want quality and low price and if you're offering that with a true 2" then I think you could definitely sell them to people one here but I wouldn't expect to sell a bunch immediately.
 






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yea, I know every product has to get a reputation before people start taking interest but I think this is a good place to start.
 






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yea, I know every product has to get a reputation before people start taking interest but I think this is a good place to start.

Yeah it most definitely is somewhere to start if you've got the materials and machines and skill required to build then go for it. I would buy a set if it meant having a true 2inch extra lift in the rear.
 






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I would definitely be interested.
 






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