As most of you know I got a full set of Jim's Crabtree's shackle hangers
. They came bead blasted and ready to paint. If you haven't added a set of these to your Christmas wish list, you need to ASAP!
I had washed them with Marine Clean then soaked them in Metal Ready.
I brushed on the POR15 and then coated with Blackcote.
I started in on the driver's side front first. You can see the original hanger along with a couple layers of dust.
Support the Jeep by the frame and removed the tire for more working room. I pulled out the shackle bolt and dropped the suspension down a little to give even more working room.
Here is a shot of the stock hanger next to Crabtree's. The weight difference between the two is astounding. The Crabtree hanger is so stout compared to the stock ones.
Here I have the new hanger in place and getting all the bolts lined up with my HD steering box mount. Everything lined up perfect. You can see I wasn't shy with the anti-seize.
This is a good shot from under the hanger showing how well everything fits together with the HD steering mount. I need to find a shorter bolt or cut the threads off that long one, it kind of bugs me. Unfortunately, the local store where I buy bulk grade 8 fasteners doesn't have the exact size I need for that one. They have 1" and 1.5" while I need the 1.25". I also need four 1.25" bolts for a few roll bar tie-ins so for now I went with the longer ones and will either cut them or swap them out later.
Here is a shot from the inside. You can see how I placed a couple washers in the gap where the front bumper is supposed to go. Either that gap won't be used or I will need to modify my front bumper and add an attachment tang so I can utilize that clamping point.
One last shot from the outside angle. These hangers really are sweet.
Now on to the other side.