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Unread 03-14-2013, 08:59 AM   #181
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Jeep is looking good!
I just noticed you are from Kentucky, and I realized that is where my XJ came from, right before I bought it in January last year!
Yep, lived here my whole life. Ive did a little traveling around different states in my time and theres just no place like home haha.

@408chevelle, the 31s didnt have any significant effect on mpg. Good all around tire size for a DD.

@project1, thanks, I wouldnt call it expo rigworthy yet but in time it will be!

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Unread 03-14-2013, 08:25 PM   #182
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Ive been putting off doing shackles out back a while now, and the saggy look is beginning to bug me. Currently running a full length AAL and thats it. I got enough lift out of it initially that it didnt look to bad but now that they are getting some miles on them, the leafs are settling some. So time to throw a lift shackle in like I shoulda done in the first place.

I will be doing something a bit different here as well. On my last 99 I used a 2" drop shackle for a full size GM truck, a part available and Autozone for 39 bucks. It yielded 2" of lift and fit almost perfect, only need a couple washers on the leaf side. Well, while digging around in my old parts stash of junk, I found a long lost pair of the same shackles, new in box!

Only problem is I only want about 1.5" lift, and while it has a hole for that, the back portion of it is too close to fit the leaf in. Nothing a little surgery couldnt fix. Good cheap alternative to nice shackle that is locally available anywhere. Even better if you have access to parts store discounts.

Original on top, shortened/clearance on bottom.


Will try and install these this weekend. Wish me luck against any seized bushings, broken weldnuts, and empty beer cooler!
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Unread 03-14-2013, 10:52 PM   #183
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If those are 2" longer than stock, you're only getting 1" of lift. Your modified one looks to be the same size as my JKS doglegs. If you are right about the 2" lift, the hole you use would need to be 4" longer than stock. As some perspective, this is what that 1" did to my stance.

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Unread 03-15-2013, 05:27 AM   #184
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If those are 2" longer than stock, you're only getting 1" of lift. Your modified one looks to be the same size as my JKS doglegs. If you are right about the 2" lift, the hole you use would need to be 4" longer than stock. As some perspective, this is what that 1" did to my stance.
They add 2 inches of lift. Not 2 inches longer

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Unread 03-15-2013, 05:35 AM   #185
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Broken weld nuts are a PITA, especially front mount ones.
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Unread 03-15-2013, 06:03 AM   #186
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Im aware of the mechanics of how a shackle length affects lift height, aint my first rodeo lol. The modified shackles are around 6.25in from eye to eye, putting them at 3inches longer than the stock shackles, which will yield around 1.5" of lift.

I would like to run relocation brackets in the future. Kinda want to see someone be the guinea pig on the low profile ones.
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Unread 03-15-2013, 06:05 AM   #187
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Broken weld nuts are a PITA, especially front mount ones.
Haha oh yea. Went to full leaf replacement on my last '99 and I was nervous the whole time. Bolt seized to bushings but the weld nuts held thankfully!
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I broke my drive side front weld nut and had to get my angle grinder and cut up the unibody to get a 24mm wrench in there to loosen it and tighten it. Worst 5 hours of my life.
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I broke my drive side front weld nut and had to get my angle grinder and cut up the unibody to get a 24mm wrench in there to loosen it and tighten it. Worst 5 hours of my life.
I hate braking bolts ... working on your rig isn't bad until you brake a bolt.
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Unread 03-16-2013, 01:35 PM   #190
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Started work on shackles. All bolts came out nice and easy thank goodness.

Shocking it went smooth, since the stock shackles looked so rough.

Got the stance right where I want it.
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Unread 03-16-2013, 02:21 PM   #191
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Started work on shackles. All bolts came out nice and easy thank goodness.

Shocking it went smooth, since the stock shackles looked so rough.

Got the stance right where I want it.
Flecks pic. GO MEOW!
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Unread 03-16-2013, 04:11 PM   #192
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Flecks pic. GO MEOW!
Yes sir. Nothing impressive, my front shocks are too short to droop out on out. The rear seems to be performing well considering the poor shackle angle.

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Unread 03-16-2013, 05:05 PM   #193
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Yes sir. Nothing impressive, my front shocks are too short to droop out on out. The rear seems to be performing well considering the poor shackle angle.
Can you put in 12 shocks? Just wondering
Nice flecks for a mild jeep
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Unread 03-18-2013, 09:18 AM   #194
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I almost bought those shackles the other day.... so do you HAVE to cut them down shorter? and also you had to put spacers on the leaf part? does it feel comfortable?
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Unread 03-18-2013, 09:55 AM   #195
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I only cut them down to suit my needs. As is they yield 2" of lift. It only took a washer on both sides of the leaf, cant hardly even see them and its nice and sturdy. I had to shave a little material off the frame side bushing sleeve to put them in place, but the last pair I ran did not require this.

I mainly ran these because I had them, but Id say they are well worth the 39 bucks if you are in the market for a 2" lift shackle.
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