This is how my old setup used to look,
Shackles and springs!
After the spring lift, shocks, drop pitman and axle angle adjustments, ride quality has improved 100%. I no longer have roll when turning corners, I have more stable steering, no wandering. I used to have squeaks and crack sounds when I got over bumps, now I can hear the sound of my tires and exhaust only.
Its incredible how a couple of rod angles and geometry alteration, changes your driving quality. It wouldnt be too much if I said, its as if I have a new jeep.
Shouldn't there be a little more angle on that u-joint? You usually want a couple degrees on there to have the u-joint still flex a bit to keep the grease moving a little and so that the bearings don't just wear in the same spot the whole time. I could be wrong, since I know CV shaft angles are different from normal shaft angles.
1978 CJ5 5.0HO/T177/D300, '86 D30/D44 WT axles, 'glass body, 31x10.5 BFG A/T, TDK galv'd frame - DD and weekend toy