5" shackles on front and rear of CJ7 - Adjustable?
I have recently purchased an 81 CJ7. As I'm going through it, and learning some of the ins and outs of the Jeep, I've realized that the PO put aftermarket shackles on. My understanding is that the standard "hole-to-hole" shackle is 3", and these are 5", which I believe equates to about a 1" overall lift. I've also learned that any lift at the shackles may affect steering feel. Since I'm getting a little bit of drift and the steering doesn't seem to want to center after a corner, I'd like to get this back to standard and see if that helps.
My question is... these shackles have a middle hole at about 3.5" that is not being used. Is is possible that I could just move the connecting point to this hole and be back to Stock? Or is this middle supposed to be a reinforcement point for the shackle that the PO did not install correctly?
Second question... Since I'll lose about an inch of lift, do you think (from the pictures) that I'll end up with a problem with the tires? It would seem that I could absorb an inch of lost lift pretty easily... but not sure what the cascading impact might be.
(Finally, I'm replacing/reinforcing the rear frame next week, prior to replacing the shackles as I am aware it is very rusty)
Thanks for the advice... Turns out that there is more work to do then I first expected... but I guess that will be part of the fun!
1981 Jeep CJ7, 2013 Factory Five Mark IV, Shelby Cobra which my Dad and I built together!