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post #1 of 8 Old 03-15-2001, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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I want to put a 2" shackle lift on my 94 wrangler. Don't think I have to change the shocks, How can I tell if I need to? Also do I need to change the pitman arms or anything else?

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-15-2001, 10:08 PM
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Keep in mind you don't always get a full 2" lift from shackles so you might not need any thing ! Just make sure you don't hit max travel on the shocks before you will on the suspension and make sure your brake lines are not stretch if it does you might want to install a drop kit that contains-angle shims for the rear ,track bar ext. for front and rear axle,drop brackets for your brake lines,and if you have vibration from your drive shaft you'll want a transfer drop kit.And no you will not need a pitman ext. I

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2" lift shackles are pretty tall. That's a 8" shackle from eye-to-eye. Very tall. You'll probably want to get new shocks since your stock shocks may not be long enough when extended. The best way to check is to flex your suspension. Use a jack or a ramp to compress one side while extending the other side. Probably throw off your camber which might change how it drives onroad. Might consider shimming the front axle down some too.

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Without question I'd use 2" add-a-leaves before I went with a 2" lift shackle. Sorry, but you've chosen the worst possible method of obtaining lift in my opinion.

As Jeffy says, it's gonna screw up caster and you might want to shim. Otherwise your Jeep will wander all over the place, be a handful on hard braking and your steering will not center after a turn. Also, your approach and departure angles are pretty much stock when you do lift this way. The other problem is the added stress to your shackle mounts. You better have an onboard welder to fix them or beef them up before you hit the trail. Frankly, I think you're better off stock than doing that much shackle lift. Granted, it will be a little taller, but you'll have to get used to other Jeepers shaking their heads in disbelief when they drive by. Ok, it won't be that bad. I just think you have much better alternatives.

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i have a 7 inch shackle f & r on my yj... I would not recommend 8 inch (2inch lift). my o.e. springs are shot , and i only used the shackles to keep me off the bump stops on the street ( i had only 1/4 inch of upward travel) my 4 inch suspension kit is on the way. if you have to go with a shackle lift stay around 1 to 1&1/2 inches of lift. almost forgot to metion the shackles make the front end look awfull. I agree with osburn on add a leaves before shackles.

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I agree with the above posts.
Keep your shackle lift to a minimun.
You don't want the "Snow Plow" effect.

I'm running a 3/4" shackle lift, and wouldn't
go any higher with it.
If you are running a lift, and small shackle
lift can help flex because the stock shackles
will hit the frame quicker.

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What is a SNOW PLOW effect ??

This is my new letter, so: Hello

I want to put a 1" shackle lift and 1" body lift to fit 31x10.5.15 [for the start]. Will it be enought ?? Will I have to change the shocks ??
I've been thinking about a suspension lift, but in Poland a 2.5" lift costs about $1800.

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new letter = first letter
First letter, first mistake

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