There is no set torque on shackle bolts, mostly because you are supposed to use a LOCKING NUT...
You simply tighten until you see 'Rubber' take up a little, and leave them alone.
Over tighten, and you smash the bushings and the get cut through really easily.
Under tighten, and you will have shackles/bolts moving around letting the suspension move around when you make steering corrections.
Snug LOCK NUTS up until you see the 'Rubber'
(rubber, urithane, or what ever your bushings are made of)
bulge a little, and you are done. Nothing to it!
I just got off my lazy butt, went out to the shop, and checked my Chilton's. They say 24lbs for the shackel nuts and 100lbs for the pivot bolts, 1977-86. Would I take the word of a lot of experienced Jeep people over the guys at Chilton's? Every time...
But, for what it's worth, that's what the book says.
"Damn Everything But The Circus..." e.e.c.
Last edited by -AC-; 10-31-2009 at 09:37 AM..
The stock ones came with stainless sleeves in them so when the lock nut came up, it came up hard on this sleeve. If you don't have replacement sleeves or haven't dug out the originals, then as JeepHammer says, be gentle on them. I had a shop change mine, for issues like that and they had to torch the rubbers to get the old sleeves out.
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We use air springs (air 'bags') instead of steel springs for better ride, adjustable ride, adjustable height and we race the cars very successfully.
Usually, if you have a race car, you have a very stiff suspension and harsh ride,
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