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post #16 of 24 Old 10-26-2011, 07:23 AM
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I'm pretty darn sure the shackle bolts are 1/2" and the main eye bolts are 9/16"
Well, at least they should be...
This is correct.

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post #17 of 24 Old 10-26-2011, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Holy cow!!!!!! Thats proly y i have soooo much sway in my front end!!!!!!
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post #18 of 24 Old 10-26-2011, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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So what im gettin at is what should i drill my shackle plate out to in order to use right size grade 8 bolts?
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post #19 of 24 Old 10-27-2011, 09:41 AM
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It depends on your bushings really. Do they have metal sleeves in them? What you want is the diameter bolt that will completely fill either the sleeve or the bushing in the shackles. You want no play other than a slip fit provided by some lubethane or dielectric grease.

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post #20 of 24 Old 10-27-2011, 09:58 AM
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You'll need to drill the shackle plates to accept a 1/2" bolt. Use a 1/2" drill and the bolt will fit fine. You really don't need to use stainless either unless you just want it for corosion control. 3/8" thick material will work great for you, that's what I make mine from. Also the distance between the bolt holes is 3". Go get you some of the nylon type lock nuts too, they work very well. Grade 8 bolts are great too.
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post #21 of 24 Old 10-27-2011, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Thanx guys
I drilled them at 1/2 inch
Used stainless cause im gunna glass bead them n clearcoat em
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post #22 of 24 Old 10-28-2011, 09:26 AM
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7" shackles are way to long.. they will not only give you the back and forth motion, but wear out your bushings in no time. stock length with lift springs is a much safer, saner way to go.. and spend the extra on good bushings..

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post #23 of 24 Old 10-28-2011, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah thats what i figured with the 7" ones they were a lil rough
The ones i made r 4" center to center n should do well
As far as bushings gunna proly havta wait till after im back at work gotta get the bushings in my knee fixed!!!
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post #24 of 24 Old 11-09-2011, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Well the smaller shackles work great!!! So much less slop and wander!!!
Now to winterize the top and doors n such....
Just gotta get through winter!!!!
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