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Unread 02-13-2012, 11:58 AM   #1
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Shackles?

For a BDS 2.5, do I need heavy duty shackles, or oem? Thanks guys.

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Unread 02-13-2012, 12:07 PM   #2
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no you do not
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Unread 02-13-2012, 12:11 PM   #3
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OEM LENGTH shackles are OK, but stay away from 'Lift' shackles.

If you are going to beat the crap out of the suspension, then heaver duty shackles might be a good idea.

I broke a couple of factory shackles, so I make mine out of 1/4" plate material and some solid Grade 8 bolts.
Couldn't' find a heavy duty version of STOCK LENGTH shackles on the internet...
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Unread 02-13-2012, 12:14 PM   #4
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Much thanks guys.
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Unread 02-13-2012, 12:20 PM   #5
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OEM LENGTH shackles are OK, but stay away from 'Lift' shackles.

If you are going to beat the crap out of the suspension, then heaver duty shackles might be a good idea.

I broke a couple of factory shackles, so I make mine out of 1/4" plate material and some solid Grade 8 bolts.
Couldn't' find a heavy duty version of STOCK LENGTH shackles on the internet...
J.H. I'm not trying to invade this thread but I am making a set of standard length shackles that are heavy duty. They're made from 3/8" thick material and include greasable bolts.
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Unread 02-13-2012, 12:27 PM   #6
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Here's a shot of mine that Jim http://www.crabtreetool.com made for me. The shackles are out of focus because I was focusing on the shocks but you get the idea of quality...

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Unread 02-13-2012, 12:43 PM   #7
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How long are factory?
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Unread 02-13-2012, 12:46 PM   #8
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Factory is 3 inches. In the photo above they're 4 inches.
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Unread 02-13-2012, 02:15 PM   #9
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J.H. I'm not trying to invade this thread but I am making a set of standard length shackles that are heavy duty. They're made from 3/8" thick material and include greasable bolts.
That sounds perfect for his needs
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Unread 02-13-2012, 02:25 PM   #10
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With only 2.5 lift you can still get those 1/2 or 3/4 shackles and not worry about issues. As long as you dont get those multi lenght autozone universal lift shackles you'll be fine. Plus a 1/2 heavy duty shackle gives you a nice round 3 inch total lift.
Just remember for every inch extra length you only get a half.
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Unread 03-06-2012, 01:12 AM   #11
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How do I measure the length of the shackles? Is it from hole to hole, or from total top to bottom?
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Unread 03-06-2012, 01:15 AM   #12
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yes hole center to hole center. a small lift in your shackle is ok, but like JH said stay away from lift shackles in general. mine are the currie shackles which provide 3/4" lift.
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Unread 03-07-2012, 08:03 AM   #13
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Very good. I am sitting on 3.5 center to center, so it looks like I have half inch larger than factory. I'll leave these on unless I hear differently.
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