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post #1 of 8 Old 02-21-2012, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Rear shackle... Does it move?

Okay guys I'm going to do some frame repair on my buddies jeep. My question is does the rear shackle move and if so how much? I need to figure out how I'm going to patch this hole. Not going to cut it out, I'm going to wrap it. Thanks guys/gals

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-21-2012, 09:50 AM
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Yes, they "swing" towards the tcase upon suspension droop, and "swing" rearwards as the suspension compresses.

Its rare they swing more than 90* especially since when they swing rearwards the shackle can contact the rear crossmember. Hence boomerang style shackles.
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just jack the jeep up in the rear, put a jack stand on the frame in front of the axle so the wheel is off the ground. take off the rear shackle and fix it. dont try to fix it with the schakle on. the shackle does move a lot during wheeling. check out some of the flexing shots

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just jack the jeep up in the rear, put a jack stand on the frame in front of the axle so the wheel is off the ground. take off the rear shackle and fix it. dont try to fix it with the schakle on. the shackle does move a lot during wheeling. check out some of the flexing shots
Yeah that was the plan, but if the shackle didn't move I was going to weld it right up to the shackle. My other question is how am I going to have enough room to put a plate on and get the shackle around it? I was also thinking about forming a plate into a U and notching out for the shackle, so it will be supported from the bottom still.
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Thank, I have seen those and ended up making my own. You think I can spread those shackles a little to fit the plate between it?
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If you make the top wider you will need to make the lower part narrower so it's the correct width for the springs. Personally I would cut out the rusted part mostly to make sure how far back it goes. Welding a patch to more rust is not going to help.

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Thank, I have seen those and ended up making my own. You think I can spread those shackles a little to fit the plate between it?
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If you make the top wider you will need to make the lower part narrower so it's the correct width for the springs. Personally I would cut out the rusted part mostly to make sure how far back it goes. Welding a patch to more rust is not going to help.
I haven't used them myself but it looked like a good starting point as long as the rust is contained.
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