Found the time to do the relocation brackets today. this was a very simple install, just a little time consuming. First thing I did was pull the old shackle off. this was by far the hardest part of the install, I ended up needing a 4ft breaker bar almost the entire time
Next, just cut the old shackle box off. I didn't get any pictures of this, but its very easy, just keep an eye on the fuel hoses on the drivers side.
next just put the box up in its place using the old shackle bolt, and nutstrips. If you don't have nutstrips already, I would advise them. its just 3 more bolts to tie the brackets in.
Next it says to remove to mark the top holes, and remove the brackets. I just removed the old shackle bolt and drilled straight up into the cab with a 1/2 drill bit and went ahead and tightened the tie in plates in. this process will also suck the brackets up as high as they need to be. I feel like you can go ahead and tighten everything down after this. I did have to trim both tie in plates but it was minor and quick
then just hook your shackles up and find the best angle for your needs.
This is what I ended up with and I may do some more fine tuning tomorrow, the shackle seems to be bottoming out on the back side of the bracket. maybe ill more it one more hole back or possibly a new shackle.
like I said, this was a very easy install and it provided zero lift, just like advertised. no experience on the ride or flex so ill update that when I have a proper opinion
Yes the cut n fold makes everything very accessible! The boxes are a little tricky, but just because the tight corners. I only used one 4.5" cutoff wheel and some vice grips to bend the sheet metal until the corners broke
Im glad I could help persuade the both of you! what shackles are you running right now vegas?
quick update, I rode around on them a little last night and I came out this morning to find a little carnage
I decided to do a little fine tuning by sliding the shackle back by one hole. only problem with that is the very back 2 holes, the hump from the old shackle nut is in the way, so you have to trim it up a little. once again, a very easy cut with the 4.5'' grinder
and here is the finished product.
the ride is phenomenal compared to before! I definitely think I will go to a different shackle, just for the more throw, but with these boxes, shackle swaps and tuning should only take about 30 min. so far im super happy with these
Yea weeder had mentioned them to me, what rear ranger can I get those for?
I picked mine up for a 2001 4WD Ranger but Rangers, llike XJ's, remained virtually unchanged over the years. Id say most anything from 93 to current would work, I was just at Advance Auto taking measurements on various shackle options and 2001 is the the random year I chose.
- '99 XJ Sport -
Lifted, Locked, Stiffened
July '13 and '14 COTM - '88 MJ Pioneer -
Build In Progress - '04 Sierra Z71 Crew Cab -
Quick update: I've had he relos on for almost 2 weeks and they're great, It's like night and day difference. I may try and pick up some ranger shackles sometime this week. Also trying to go wheeling this weekend if weeder will sack up and ask his boss to give him a day off!