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Unread 12-11-2013, 09:40 PM   #976
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I was wondering how the no lift shackle relocators worked. That picture pretty much explains it! Hurry up and get this done! I want to see results.

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Unread 12-12-2013, 08:45 AM   #977
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Haha no goin back to stock for sure. And yea Muddy the factory setup has to be cut out entirely to utilize the new brackets.

I had to stop last night but I did manage to get the driver side dangling in place by one bolt just to give an idea of how it works.


I should mention having done the cut and fold makes this 100 times more accessible.
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Unread 12-12-2013, 01:39 PM   #978
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Looks great!!
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Unread 12-12-2013, 10:32 PM   #979
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What is the oval at the back of the bracket for? Looking good so far!
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Unread 12-13-2013, 04:15 AM   #980
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What is the oval at the back of the bracket for? Looking good so far!
It's for the stock shackle bolt
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Unread 12-13-2013, 04:16 AM   #981
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What are these shackle things you speak of?
Agreed.
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Unread 12-13-2013, 04:17 AM   #982
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They are what you run for "hardcore use" according to ibjeepin's chat with LII haha.
I think I found a way to fix that!
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Unread 12-13-2013, 06:12 PM   #983
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Off the stands and sittin at ride height.
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Unread 12-13-2013, 06:51 PM   #984
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Off the stands and sittin at ride height.
Let me know how you like the shackle in that location. Mine is in the middle hole, but i may move it back in the future
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Unread 12-13-2013, 06:53 PM   #985
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Call me stupid but how does the bolt stay in there? It looks like the insode hole goes right tinto the "frame rail" not allowing a nut to go on and its not threaded. Am I missing something
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Unread 12-13-2013, 06:56 PM   #986
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I think you might have enough room fir bigger tires.
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Time for a longer pair of shackles. And shocks to accompany the added droop.
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Unread 12-13-2013, 07:56 PM   #988
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Let me know how you like the shackle in that location. Mine is in the middle hole, but i may move it back in the future
Will do, I wasnt sure where to put it so I played it safe and started there.

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Call me stupid but how does the bolt stay in there? It looks like the insode hole goes right tinto the "frame rail" not allowing a nut to go on and its not threaded. Am I missing something
The bracket mounts against the hump where factory shackle nutsert is, leaving a gap behind the new mounting holes for a nut and wrench.

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I think you might have enough room fir bigger tires.
Haha, 35's are next, just runnin thru these 32s while I build everything up.

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Time for a longer pair of shackles. And shocks to accompany the added droop.
Shackles are probably pretty ideal, they are Ranger shackles, roughly 1" lift shackle. Shocks would be a good idea, but Ill see how they do. They droop down pretty far.
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Unread 12-13-2013, 10:36 PM   #989
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Its Friday, Im just sitting here watch TV and drinking an adult beverage. Looking through my phone I realized I took a fair amount of pics during installation of the HD no lift brackets, so I guess Ill share. A sort of alcohol induced "mini-writeup", if you will.

Ok, you got your brackets in the mail. Stare at em for a while. **** theyre beefy.

Now, get off your *** and find a day to get started. Get the Jeep on stands, unbolt shackles and let everything droop. You will need room to work.


Once this is complete, thats when you have to quit being such a buttercup communist ***** and bust out you metal destruction device of choice. I used a grinder with cutoff wheel. Cut and fold will make your life easier here. Now cut that stock **** out.


Paint it. And the brackets. You like rust? Course not. Spray that ****.



Put the brackets up in place, lining them up even with the unibody rail. Snug the bolts and mark your holes to drill through the floor. Yea I said drill through your floor. You will have to put your purse down to do this, sorry.



Now you wanna put the plate in and run the bolts through. HD ships rectangle shape plates, and Im not sure why. To seat nice and flat I trimmed mine, and from searching around, almost EVERY single person with these has had to do similar. I probably went overboard with trimming but I wanted perfect fitment. Heres trimmed plate.


All bolted up.


Havent drove with it yet, but I figured Id go ahead and give my impressions on install. This is my first experience with HD Offroad and I have been very pleased. From the time I ordered to the time this stuff was at my door was 48 hours during the postal services busiest time of the year. Package was well packed, everything was there, and quality was top notch. Everything match up great during install and it is incredibly stout. The factory shackle box setup is so thin its embarassing compared to this. I was able to cut both factory brackets off using only 1 4.5" cutoff wheel with minimal wear. Puny.

So far, I have no legit beefs with this setup. But I do have one pet peeve. Im not sure why they keep sending rectangle floor plates. Every case Ive read of someone running these, they have had to trim the floor plates to clear the fuel filler hump at least. HD Offroad is aware of this but still sends rectangle plates. How hard would it be to lob off a corner before it ships? That said, I understand the reasoning. Honestly anybody willing to take on a permanent decision like cutting out their factory shackle box is more than capable of trimming up some plate steel. So no harm no foul.

So far I give em an A+ for a good all around experience. Anxious to get some trail time on these things!!
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Unread 12-14-2013, 05:59 AM   #990
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Good write up. I noticed you ran a normal bolt through just the inside of the new bracket, where the old shackle bolt went. I used my old shackle bolt and ran it through the entire bracket. I think it held it together a little better, but I'm no engineer
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