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Unread 07-06-2013, 06:06 AM   #16
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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.
Hey Zilla,

Yeah, I had a terrible time when I removed when I removed my OEM shackles ... I don't have a sawzall, but I do think I firured out to use my grinder/cutting wheel. Thinking back on it, I'm embarassed by how much time I spent trying to use a gear puller to pull the damn things out from the hangers ...

Really though, what I don't understand is how the BDS kit comes with bushings that are so much smaller (length-wise) than the Omix-Ada. And, I can't believe how easy it was to break the bolt on the new Omix-Ada OEM style pieces of #$%@!! I didn't think I'd gotten on it much at all ... then "snap" and then Though, admittedly, I wasn't using a torque wrench ... and I was trying to pull it in to get it snug up against the bushings ... trying to correct for the excessive slop problem in my steering, which I now think was caused by using bushings that weren't long enough down at the front springs. Looking at it after the fact though, the bushing were way to small and I could never have tightened the shackle bolt enough ... i.e. you run out of threads on the bolt ... I'm not describing this well, but hopefully you know what I mean ... just annoying ...

Well, please excuse my rambling/whining, it just sucked.

Thanks very much for taking the time to explain your setup; I'll look into those M.O.R.E. greasable shackles !!

Cheers -
John

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Unread 07-06-2013, 06:10 AM   #17
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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!

Thanks much - I'm going to check him out!! I know I'd read that he makes some great stuff; I'll check with him if he knows if his shackles will work with my BDS springs.


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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.
Awesome - and Thanks for taking the time to post about your setup ... nice rig by the way!


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Unread 07-07-2013, 06:22 PM   #19
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Sherm before I wised up to the Sawzall I spent quite bit of time with a hacksaw. Not fun..
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