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post #16 of 27 Old 01-29-2014, 05:48 PM
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The stock bumper is little more than sheet metal but plenty of jeeps have been towed with the brackets bolted there. Personally I probably would not and if I did I would have a thicker backing plate bolted on both sides, inner and outer.


You just need a better bumper.


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post #17 of 27 Old 01-29-2014, 06:47 PM
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Boomerang shackles will prevent the shackle inversion. Take those tow shackles off and get some boomerangs.
Wait- 'scuse my ignorance, but wouldn't I need a longer main leaf either way? In my uneducated mind, I envision a boomerang shackle sitting at an angle, thereby placing the holes of the boomerang at the same location as the existing ones
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post #18 of 27 Old 01-29-2014, 07:39 PM
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If your spring is bent then its gonna need replacing. The boomerang shackles keep the shackle from folding back against the frame and helps prevent the spring from folding.

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If your spring is bent then its gonna need replacing. The boomerang shackles keep the shackle from folding back against the frame and helps prevent the spring from folding.
Thanks Anticanman! Right- that makes sense. To clarify, What I mean is if i were to change the shackles and still use the same leaf spring setup- same length, then theoretically, the neutral position of the bolt on the lower end of the shackle would be the same, no matter what the shape of the shackles are, thereby causing the spring to continue to flex in a manner that would continue to cause the lower end of the shackles to move towards the vehicle, rather than forward (away from it). I'm going to try this though, as it seems like a possible quick & inexpensive fix until I can improve the suspension. Currently, it rides like a chuck wagon/tractor...
Still fun though!
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all this yj talk makes me wanna listen to Van Halen... That's about the right era right?
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post #21 of 27 Old 01-30-2014, 10:35 AM
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Is that how it looks parked on flat ground? If so, you need to move the frame mount point back a few inches and put the shackle mount points at an angle closer to 45*. Boomerang shackles won't prevent inversion or fix improper mount points. They'll keep you from hitting things when you have the leaf fully cycled in. Soon as you droop that axle down you're already inverting that shackle and it's really a crap shoot on where it goes back to. I would start there

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Is that how it looks parked on flat ground? If so, you need to move the frame mount point back a few inches and put the shackle mount points at an angle closer to 45*. Boomerang shackles won't prevent inversion or fix improper mount points. They'll keep you from hitting things when you have the leaf fully cycled in. Soon as you droop that axle down you're already inverting that shackle and it's really a crap shoot on where it goes back to. I would start there
good point, they are probably not the right length springs

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post #23 of 27 Old 01-30-2014, 11:37 AM
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Ya, I guess getting longer springs would probably be a whole lot easier lol

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Yep, vehicle is flat in that picture. Moving mount points seems to make the most sense to me. Probably the cheapest, too. Thanks!
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post #25 of 27 Old 01-30-2014, 08:03 PM
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Yup, yup, if you can cut and weld then def the cheapest way to go. Good luck! Be sure to let us know how it turns out

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post #26 of 27 Old 09-10-2014, 09:32 AM
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Finally getting around to updating… I had a shop in Escondido, CA- E&C Spring - Owner name is Ben Elkins. He moved the mount points back about 3/4˝. Also added a couple of pads between springs 1&2. This took care of the problem altogether. Did some pretty good crawling up in Big Bear a couple of weeks ago, and had ZERO issues. Rides a lot softer now, too.
Thanks, Ben!
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post #27 of 27 Old 09-10-2014, 01:56 PM
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Excellent! Glad you got it all sorted out

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