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post #1 of 6 Old 04-21-2002, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Home Made Shakles???

I had this friend who baught a jeep couple of months back come by my store today. he showed me a shakle which he inteded to put on his jeep (89 yj 4.0 all stock). Anyways i looked at the "thing" puzzled as he gave me the specs, 12" high and about 4 - 5" wide, it reallly looked like a giant "H". H etold me he saw jeeps with things like these on the to give lift.

I simply said, "your crazy!, you cant put a 12" shakle on your jeep "
I am still puzzled but I want to know, can you actually do this?????

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-22-2002, 05:26 AM
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I'm not sure if it CAN be done... but I would love to see the caster on that!!! You would be able to raise it 6 inches just by turning the wheel!!!

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post #3 of 6 Old 04-22-2002, 09:43 AM
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Anything can be done...but why would you want to? A 1 inch shackle lift is the most that anybody would ever need for the most flex, anything more than that is stupid. The steering responce will change for the worse with that much shackle. Also, with that much shackle, you will loose your approach and departure angles...

Did you say that he has a 4.0l on an 89? How is that? Did he put in a newer motor? Shouldnt it be a 258 4.2l in there?

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Hell, a shackle like that is purely ridiculous, no offense. Nothing more than 1" longer than stock is recommended by many people. If you want that kind of articulation, you might as well go to "buggy springs"! You'll probably be doing less work than trying to corrdct everything that got "screwed up" from the shackle lift of 6", LOL!
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12" shackles!?......... a DUMB way to get a 6" lift, hell that would probably even shorten the wheel base some!
Lift shackles SUCK! ive got em 1 1/2" lift and in the front they change the caster too much ( need to compensate with shims or upper ball joint eccentric) the friggin thing bounces between the curb and the yellow line going down the road. they flex alot when you turn the wheel side to side. in the rear they seem to be ok and actually help point the rear drive shaft at the t-case which is good if youre running a big lift and a cv drive shaft, not good if its a non cv driveshaft.

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I seen a YJ while on vacation one time that had the Shackles you buy at the auto part stores that don't have crossbar. Cost about $14 a pair They were adjustable and on the last hole. i would not want to ride in that. They odd thing was they wouldn't spend money for a real lift But the wheels and tires probably cost over 2 grand.

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