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Unread 04-11-2010, 08:07 PM   #1
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shackle options

hey guys,
i know this has probably been addressed before. but i was wondering what everyone is running in the way of shackles.

first off i have an 88 yj with a 2.5L 5spd with 3 inches of body lift. i bought it that way. i am adding 1.5 inch superlift suspension to it and i want to use greasable shackles. i was looking at currie boomerangs in the back and regular curries in the front.

the second option is daystar shackles front and rear. any suggestions. this is going on my dd and i just want a good ride for a yj if you can believe that and i also want to have good articulation in the woods.

thanks in advance

John

p.s. i live in south new jersey and ride in the pines so i am not building a rock crawler out of it yet.

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Unread 04-11-2010, 09:08 PM   #2
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Shackles are shackles are shackles. Two pieces of metal with holes in them. Greaseable is cool if you remember to grease them. Boomerangs are cool for clearance.

I'm not sure if anybody on JF makes them anymore, but a lot of guys just cut some 1/4" steel and save some bucks over the big names in ultimate shackle technology.
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Unread 04-11-2010, 09:32 PM   #3
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thanks

hey guys,

thanks for looking. i just want to know what shackles work better and what i should avoid just wanted a couple of opinions thanks again. any other advice appreicated
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Unread 04-11-2010, 09:33 PM   #4
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Put 5/8ths booms all the way around. MORE booms have thicker gauge steel, which a lot of people like. A shackle is a shackle as mentioned. There is something to be said about just keeping stock shackle length, maybe just paint the stock ones to look new again. Easy on the shackle lifts though, you are already running a 3 inch BL. Really the best way to do this is just buy the exact amount of lift you want with the suspension lift springs, and stop there, stop with the BL'S, stop with the shackle lifts..it's kind of mickey mousey in a way to start messing with BL'S and Shackle lifts. Wow, I am going to get some negative response probably, but, I dunno, kind of how I am viewing things now. I have a 5/8ths boom shackle lift so I am guilty myself, but the thought of going more than that is an unsettling one. Your 3 inch BL is already freaking me out, nevermind adding lift shackles.
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Unread 04-11-2010, 09:47 PM   #5
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shackles

thanks i am afriad to remove the BL and i wasnt looking to do much with a shackle lift. i was really just looking to get a little more performance out of the suspension i was going to go with stock shackles but i was just wondering what people are runnign and what works and doesnt i dont want to go much higher anyway just needed stock springs and found a new unused 1.5 superlift for less than new stock springs would cost so jumpped on it. how much lift do booms give over stock
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Unread 04-11-2010, 09:49 PM   #6
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made these myself, 5.5" eye to eye gave me ALOT more droop, I think I can get even more with a longer shackle though.

full droop on stock looked like this


heres how my new ones look at about 1" from full droop





But, I also have longer driveshaft, stainless steel extended brake lines which i still gotta put on, and super long shocks that are only using about 2/3rds or the shock shaft.

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Unread 04-11-2010, 09:51 PM   #7
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Ok, how about this, one inch BL'S, that's good. And up to max 1 inch on the shackle, and stop there. Then no-mans-land after that. Everyone good with that? I'll probably put a 1 inch BL on my jeep someday. So yes I am guilty guilty guilty.
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Unread 04-11-2010, 10:05 PM   #8
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Roccomonte! Looks great! Much better than stock.
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Unread 04-12-2010, 05:36 AM   #9
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made these myself, 5.5" eye to eye gave me ALOT more droop, I think I can get even more with a longer shackle though.


heres how my new ones look at about 1" from full droop





But, I also have longer driveshaft, stainless steel extended brake lines which i still gotta put on, and super long shocks that are only using about 2/3rds or the shock shaft.
Those are not very strong you might want to remake them with wider steel and one piece not two welded together. I would use some 3/16 to 1/4 plate or wide strap to make the next ones and add a bolt to keep them from inverting.
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Unread 04-12-2010, 09:41 AM   #10
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Get the Mountain Offroad shackles. (MORE for short.) I have the 5/8" boom greasable and they are awesome. I snapped a stock shackle up front and had to replace the set asap. I called MORE and had them by the end of the week. I highly reccomend them to anyone looking for shackles. The customer service is fantastic.
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Unread 04-12-2010, 11:25 AM   #11
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I have the 5/8ths MORE booms. Would've preferred the stock length ones, but with the military wrap on the BDS springs the spring was contacting bumper at any mild compression. They're beefy as hell and well made.
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I'm like the most...
MORE 5/8 boomer in the back(I have an 8.8 and the larger axle requires that lift just to get back to zero, and the boomerang is nice for frame clearance which gives more movement in the suspension) and MORE straight no lift in front.
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Unread 04-12-2010, 11:45 AM   #13
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Those are not very strong you might want to remake them with wider steel and one piece not two welded together. I would use some 3/16 to 1/4 plate or wide strap to make the next ones and add a bolt to keep them from inverting.
They're pletny strong, its not just square tubing.
Its 1/4" plate cutout that I was origonally gonna use as a shackle and then I thoguht it was too weak So I cut some square tube down the middle with 2 30*s and stuck that on the outside... So the interal is 1 solid 1/4" piece.
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the most important part of the whole thing is to have the proper size and length steel tubes and matching bushings. I had a set for a while that looked right but the tubes were a little too short and the entire system was bound up and it limited flex a lot.
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