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Unread 05-12-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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Front shackle suggestions

Looking to replace my front shackle as my jeep has a mild lean in the front. A while ago someone suggested a .5" shackle lift. I have heard of crabtree tool and die, any other suggestions or is he who to go with? Pics of the shackles on some cj's would be helpful.

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Unread 05-12-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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Jeep lean??? Nah, can't be.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 06:16 AM   #3
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You probably have a twisted frame or bent leaf springs. The leaf springs are easy to replace. Bent frame is more of a pita. Any aftermarket shackles are better than the originals. I have the warrior products lift shackles and love them. If you are considering lifting just one corner, I would urge you to reconsider fixing the actual issue.
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Just remember that adding length to the shackles also changes the axle castor and you can create a drive issue....
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Unread 05-13-2013, 10:02 AM   #5
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I just put a brand new bDS lift in, its not the springs or frame. Will .5" really effect the driveline that much?
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Looking to replace my front shackle as my jeep has a mild lean in the front. A while ago someone suggested a .5" shackle lift. I have heard of crabtree tool and die, any other suggestions or is he who to go with? Pics of the shackles on some cj's would be helpful.
Yes, Jim Crabtree would be the go to go to!

Here's a few shots of my Crabtree shackles:

Not sure what's up with JF right now but it's saying my files are too big...did something change that I'm not aware about?

anyways, Here's a link to the photos:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/da...l#post12585991

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/da...l#post13912998
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I just put a brand new bDS lift in, its not the springs or frame. Will .5" really effect the driveline that much?
1/2"? No. But when you combine it with a lift spring it can make it worse. Some springs don't put flat spots in the arch. I had a 1 1/4" shackle lift with a 1 1/2" add-a-leaf setup for years and never had any steering issues, until I swapped out the add-a-leafs for some 2 1/2" RC. springs. Then I needed some shims to correct the problem.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 12:36 PM   #8
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To correct 1/2" you will need a 1" longer shackle. Having a 1" longer shackle on one side may be more visibly obvious than a 1/2" lean.
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Oops. I misunderstood and thought you were leaning to one side. Ill swallow my pride now. E
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If the springs are knew they may level out once they settle in
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Throw about 300 pounds of weight in the very back, it should settle down.

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Unread 05-14-2013, 11:58 AM   #12
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Oops. I misunderstood and thought you were leaning to one side. Ill swallow my pride now. E
Ditto. When the OP said 'lean' I assumed side to side.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 01:57 PM   #13
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No worries, I was unclear....Matt, I have a full size spare, and a back seat and it is still sitting about 3/4" nose down.....
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No worries, I was unclear....Matt, I have a full size spare, and a back seat and it is still sitting about 3/4" nose down.....
What is the length of your shackles in the rear bolt center to bolt center?

...heck ... what is the front shackle length as well?

Just checking on the photo upload to see if it's fixed or not...photo of Crabtree Shackles



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