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Leaning Shackle

I had the dreaded leaning shackle issue since I got this thing, and I figured the stock springs were the problem seeing how they were sacked out I thought they may be twisted or something. So I just got done putting new springs under it, which also raised it up 2 1/2" and now I still have the shackle issue. I found the axle perches are actually about 3/8" longer than the front shackle hangars. Anybody ever seen this issue? I know the stock shackles are wimpy, but it'll do i no matter what I have on there. So my question is, what would happen if I just enlarge the centering hole in the spring perch enough to get the axle straight? Is that hokey? I'd just open it uo with a die grinder and move it over.
BTW, it drives real nice and I have no issue other than I can't stand to see it like that. Also, of course now my steering wheel isn't centered any more, where is the best place to fix that, the wheel itself, or the steering linkage?

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You could move the hole, but I would be wanting to fill the void with weld. Don't want any play there or things might shift and snap.

I would highly recommend you give your new suspension a workout before setting the steering wheel as most will settle in and change the wheel setting again. That said, you just loosen off the two bolts on the drag link collar and turn the collar to re-center the steering wheel.
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Thanks Mike. The passenger side is nice and straight, but for whatever reason, the perches are too wide. I'm thinking it was like that from the factory back in the day. I think I might move the license plate to the drivers side so I can't see it any more and just drive the thing and forget about it.
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Mine is the same. I gave up and they have worked for the last 14 years like that.
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How about an aftermarket shackle with a bar between the bolts that prevents it from getting racked like the stock shackles?
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Well I should get better shackles anyway, but the spring doesn't line up with the frame mount so they'll probably just do the same thing. Problem seems to be with the axle and it's spring perch location. So my only option at this point is to grind it off and reattach it in the right place. Winter project.
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Measure the distance at all three points (fixed hanger, perch, and shackle hanger) to determing which is off. Each one should be 27.5" from center to center.
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Measure the distance at all three points (fixed hanger, perch, and shackle hanger) to determing which is off. Each one should be 27.5" from center to center.
I have had 2 frames over my Dana 44, its the perches for sure on mine.
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Well I should get better shackles anyway, but the spring doesn't line up with the frame mount so they'll probably just do the same thing. Problem seems to be with the axle and it's spring perch location. So my only option at this point is to grind it off and reattach it in the right place. Winter project.
Yep. My rear shackles were both doing the same. New springs, and shackles with a center bar. Kept the same shackle mounts. They're still leaning. I took a good look at 'em, and it looks like the spring perches on the axle are too far out. I might get lucky and have 'it all settle in closer, but if that isn't the case they can stay crooked until I feel like grinding the perches off and setting them right. Which will probably be the same time I go for an SOA setup. Won't be anytime soon lol.
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Yup, mine were a click over 28", it was hard to measure connected to everything. Maybe I could shave the spring eye bushing on one side, and shim the other side, move the spring eye end over a little and straighten it like that until I move the spring pad. It just bothers me to have it leaning like that.
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Just a tip for measuring things like that.


I measure "around" stuff like that by dropping a plumb line to the floor and making a mark at the tip of the plumb bob on a piece of tape. Then measure between the marks on the tape at each end.
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