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Unread 11-01-2009, 12:11 AM   #1
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What is the difference in the front and rear shackles

i am looking to buy some half inch lift shackles from a friend, they are for a wrangler... online i read they will only fit the rear on a cj... does anybody know why,,,,, can they be modified?

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If the shackles have a "cross brace" welded between them, and they are designed for YJ springs, then they'll be too wide to use up front on a CJ. The CJ front springs are only 2" wide while the YJ's are 2.5" wide.

You could cut out the center brace and weld/bolt in a narrower one... or not use a cross brace at all.
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Stock YJ shackles work fine front and rear, the 1.2" isn't enough to screw up the steering too much, it does make a bit of a difference in the self centering though..
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can i just put 1/4 inch of washers on either side to fill in the gap and to have them centered?
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can i just put 1/4 inch of washers on either side to fill in the gap and to have them centered?
Well,,,, Yes I guess. The longer bolt is likely to put a lot of stress on the bushing I would think.
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