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Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Re: Spring problems
This is one of those deals that's hard to figure out unless you are there to see it. But.. your shackles should be in line with your frame and springs. Sounds like a previous owner did a "duke boy" stunt on it and may have bent them. The creaks could be a result of the torsional force of turning. It may be a result of the bent shackles. Since they are bent, when you turn they are probably being stressed, and that is where the sound is coming from. Your going to have to either straighten them or replace them...I would elect to replace, but I don't know how bad they are either. You should also check to see that it's not a steering related problem. I'm not sure that a 72 had the same frame cracking problems that the next generation had (around the steering box, on the frame), but it could be something to look for, as it may have happend as a result of abuse. Give it a good going over, and if you are pretty sure that it is not steering related, then get the new shackles and go from there. If getting the new shackles takes care of it then great, if not keep searching. Anyway, hope this helps.