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Unread 02-18-2013, 06:16 PM   #1
Mlaughlin8
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Revolver shackles?

Does anyone run revolver shackles with a 4in lift and shackle reversal??? I am very curious about doing this and am not sure if it is safe or a good Idea! If so, how we'll does this setup work? And, what mods would I have to do other than even longer break lines and a long travel front driveshaft?

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Unread 02-18-2013, 06:30 PM   #2
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Revolver shackles are great for the flexramp, not much else. I don't think a lot of people use them anymore.
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Unread 02-18-2013, 07:20 PM   #3
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Everyone that I have ever heard of using revolver shackles on a CJ has removed them. Over a couple of dozen folks.
I personally hated the way they can unload on you when you least expect it.
My opinion is that they are just an overrated rti ramp trick.
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Unread 02-18-2013, 07:38 PM   #4
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Can you explain what you mean when you say " they unload when you least expect it"? And why did everyone you know take them off?
Thanks for your 2cents!
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Unread 02-18-2013, 08:55 PM   #5
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Do a search for revolver shackles and you will get a ton of stories on them.
I found that with them on the front of the Jeep and climbing, when you crested a hill or ledge with a sharp lip-they would drop down (unload). This really changed the weight transfer, traction, and overall feel of control.
On the rear, going down a ledge or drop was worse as when they unloaded, it threw the rear up even farther; contributing to the out of control feeling.
They also gave me alot more flex, but it didn't feel like it was controlled or beneficial to traction. Just felt tippy to me. At any speed above slow on desert roads the Jeep leaned alot more than I liked, and if it leaned enough, the shackles could unload causing trouble. Just my .02 worth.
Please read up on the shackles, decide for yourself if they may be worthwhile. If you try them, just be carefull until you know how they will react.
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Unread 02-18-2013, 09:20 PM   #6
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I have them on my '83 CJ. I have YJ springs and shackle reversal. I never had a problem with them either on or off road, and I do some pretty tough trails. I don't know if I have some magic combination but no complaints.
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Unread 02-18-2013, 09:50 PM   #7
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I really appreciate the concerns, I guess I am just jealous of all the flex I see people get out of their ordinary 4" spring under... Lol. I'm just trying to get all the flex and travel I can out of my cj5
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Unread 02-18-2013, 11:00 PM   #8
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Many folks think that the flex you get is not usefull. Just because the tire may drop down as the revolver opens up does not mean that it will have any weight or traction on it. Kinda like taking a giant step off a ladder-reaching out and only touching with your toes and not the whole foot. You really don't have any weight on it and very little stability. Does that make sense?
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Unread 02-18-2013, 11:57 PM   #9
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Unread 02-19-2013, 09:09 AM   #10
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Makes total sense, that's why this is a forum... Q's and A's... Thanks
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