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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-15-2002, 02:41 PM
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Lowering my cj7

I have an 83 cj7 with a combined spring and shackle lift of about 6". I want to lose the shackle lift. Where can I find stock or shorter shackles? Does anyone want to trade for mine?
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Re: Lowering my cj7

WOW... for a minute there I was afraid you were going to chop it up and put 20" chome rims on it.... It is OK loose the shackles...

I wish I could help you out on that one.

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Re: Lowering my cj7

I'm pretty sure that www.4wd.com has new stock shackles.

Why don't you make some from 3/16 or 1/4" steel?

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Re: Lowering my cj7

I just made some last weekend. I made them out of 3/8" x 2" bar, and a 1" x 2" piece of square tube for a spacer. I would suggest the same material. Mine are 5" from hole to hole which I assume is 2" longer than stock and thus gave me 1" additional lift. Remember you will only lower your height by 1/2 the length of the reduction in shackle length. (you are only lowering one side of the spring) = 1/2 affect.

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Re: Lowering my cj7

Here are some I made from flat bar stock, they have a bolt and sleeve in the center instead of a welded cross bar. You can tighten the center bolt for on-road and loosen it for off-road. During off-road flex, the welded center bars will cause the shackle to twist in the hanger and spring eye, wearing out bushing faster and limiting flex due to binding. By loosening the bolt, you allow each shackle plate to move more independently.
This is from a shackle reverse set-up but you can see what I'm saying.
I wouldn't make the length any less then stock(3" bolt center to bolt center).
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Re: Lowering my cj7

Thanks guys for the ideas. The thing is really squirley on the pavement. I'm all over the road and I thought losing the shackles might help a little.
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Re: Lowering my cj7

You may be right, longer shackles change the caster(and create more lateral movement of the suspension in turns). If the caster is less then 6 to 8 degrees you will feel it in the handling.
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