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Unread 06-02-2010, 08:33 PM   #1
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BDS Lift Kit and Shackles

Ok, so I've ordered the BDS 2.5" Lift Kit from BDS 2.5” Suspension, Jeep CJ - OK4WD ... And I ordered the steering stabilizer and new tie rod ends.

Then I asked the salesman/technical support dude about shackles, as I plan on replacing them; I mentioned that I was thinking about non-lifted Currie shackles, which go for about $80 for a pair ... (Currie Enterprises CE-9035A - Currie Front Greasable Shackle Pair for 76-86 Jeep® CJ - Quadratec).
He said many just order the stock shackles (retailing for approx. $24 for a pair), which are, of course, considerably cheaper.

Now, I know how you get what you pay for, but what makes the Currie shackles that much better? And, a more important question as I just read "Will not work with Pro-Comp, Black Diamond, or Trail Master springs" on Quadratec's web page, will Currie shackles work with BDS springs?

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Unread 06-03-2010, 06:22 AM   #2
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I think the key factor is that they are greaseable while still installed. So you don't have to remove anything to service them. The Currie shackles are also going to be considerably stronger than stock. And they should work providing they're the same width.
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Unread 06-03-2010, 07:07 AM   #3
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I thought that the Double Military Wrap on the BDS Springs wouldnt allow you to run the stock shackles.....


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Unread 06-03-2010, 08:32 AM   #4
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CopperCJ7 - Thanks for the info! I never knew I was supposed to be greasing the shackles ... pretty sad huh? I guess I didn't go off-road enough to have a problem ... when I was in the Navy I used my CJ as a daily driver. Your reply makes me lean towards putting out the extra money, which is usually the right decision in the long run. Thanks again!

Mr. Monk - I'll call BDS to double check about the Double Military Wrap, but that's what their retailer told me. I'll get back here and post what I find out ...

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I run stock shackles and poly bushings with my BDS springs.
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Unread 06-03-2010, 08:57 AM   #6
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extended shackles will help the taller lift springs compress better, usually offer grease fittings, and are usually beefier than stock shackles. That being said, the longer the shackle the lower your pinion will go so I would keep it an inch or less to be safe. Also when you install new shackles make sure they are not to tight. If they come with nylocks I just tighten them until they contact the shackle and then give a 1/2 turn.
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Unread 06-03-2010, 09:59 AM   #7
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There are a couple varieties of HD shackles. Some have the brace between the shackle bolts welded & some use a bolt with a pipe/bushing brace. The Currie shackles pictured have the bolt/pipe type brace.

Because of the larger diameter of the spring eye of the BDS springs it will probably interfere with the brace. I ran into this same problem with my Currie style shackles and BDS 4" lift springs. I can use the brace bolt but there is not enough clearance for the brace pipe/bushing. If my shackles were the welded HD type I would have been screwed and been looking for new shackles. OE shackles will work fine because they don't use the middle brace.

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Hey, nice P-3!

I run the 2.5" BDS and 1/2" HD shackles. The longer shackles help prevent shackle inversion too.
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Unread 06-03-2010, 10:37 AM   #9
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i too have BDS springs. when i installed them i had to take the center pin out of the shackles even though they are longer. i highly recommend spending a few extra $$ for better that stock shackles, or make them. even if you just get some cheap non greasable shackles, you can just drill out the bolts and tap in some zerks.
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I am reviving this thread to provide feedback for any who other newbies such as myself who might follow ...

I ended up going with the cheap Omix-Ada stock shackles ... yeah, and just sheared the damn bolt!!!! Very frustrating!! I am feeling like a huge moron - the bushings for BDS springs in the front were not long enough, and I was trying to pull them in ... pop ... #$%@#$#%%!%!!!! I can't believe they BDS kit comes with bushings that aren't long enough for stock shackles. Was I supposed to use the bushings that come with the shackle kit? Why then, does the lift kit come with bushings at all??? I was just convinced I was supposed to use them. So, now that I'm furious about the stock shackles (I didn't think I was "gettin on it much at all"), what shackles should I have gone with ... or, assuming I'm done with cheap parts manufactured in China, what shackles should I go with at this point???

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Yes the currie industries greasable shackles will work with a 2.5 bds susp. lift-that happens to be exactly what I have. Can't say why the currie shackles are good. My brother in law is the expert. He says they're great.
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Unread 07-05-2013, 05:00 PM   #12
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Thanks for posting AGEAR - I think I might have to go that route ... just wish I'd done that initially ...

Though, there is another option ... wasn't there somebody on the forum here who makes a great HD shackle? Or, will that not work with the BDS springs? Hmmm ...


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Thanks for posting AGEAR - I think I might have to go that route ... just wish I'd done that initially ...

Though, there is another option ... wasn't there somebody on the forum here who makes a great HD shackle? Or, will that not work with the BDS springs? Hmmm ...


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Jim1611 makes em. He's a vendor on here. Crabtree Tool & Die. Can't answer for sure about if they'll work with the BDS, but he will. Everything he makes is TOP NOTCH! I hope to buy his shackles and hangers...if I ever get this project start!

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I have BDS stuff on my 75 CJ. 2-1/2 " lift. A few years later [last year] I installed M.O.R.E. greasable shackles and poly bushings. My OEM shackles were toast and had trashed the BDS bushings. Biggest hassle was removing the old bushings. Hint: A sawzall is your friend.
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I run a BDS 2.5 and M.O.R.E. 1/2 inch lift shackle.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/12590_302X_PG.htm



Easy and straightforward install.
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