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Unread 09-16-2014, 02:18 PM   #1
Jennpenn
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Leaf Spring Alignment with Shackle '97XJ

I had a lot of creaking sounds coming from the rear of my ’97 XJ. It turned out the shackle on the leaf spring over the tailpipe had completely deteriorated. I got an OEM replacement and installed it this weekend. Of course I encountered just about every nuisance problem covered on every thread but I managed to come up with a new one. When I raised the spring back into position, the eye didn’t line up with the shackle – as you can see by the photo it is off by about 1”. Is there a trick to this? Is it as simple as loosening the U-bolts and knocking the spring over or is there more to it than that and; is this the sign of a larger problem? This was supposed to be the easy part.

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Unread 09-16-2014, 03:54 PM   #2
jersey_jim
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What I usually do for this I use a ratchet strap, grab the far side of my hitch and the other hook on the leaf spring and just ratchet it into place with the ubolts a little loose.

I used this method a few weeks back when replacing my leaf spring bushings snd to realign my front axle when doing my control arm bushings

I hope this helps
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Unread 09-17-2014, 04:53 AM   #3
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Thanks JJ. I gave it a halfass attempt last night. I couldn't quite get the angle right with the gas tank in the way so the strap it was just pulling the spring down. But I can see how that would work so I'll give it a go this weekend. Thanks for the help
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