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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-28-2003, 06:15 PM
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Extended shackles

I'm installing new front shackles as the front springs are a little weak. The 1-1/2" lift will level out the jeep(85 CJ7). Do I have to check the camber and caster? Where do the shims go? Thanks for anyones help. Ralph, New Jersey
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Re: Extended shackles

If you want 1 1/2" lift you are going to have to go with 3" longer shackles. [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] I would recommend not going that much. Also you you would have to run wedge shims [img]images/graemlins/lame.jpg[/img] in the front springs to correct the caster. And this is harder on the shackle hangers that are kind of weak from the factory.
Keep any shackle lift to a minimum.
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Re: Extended shackles

Dirt Dog...Thanks for the response. Where do the shims go? Between the axle and the springs? Thanks Ralph
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Re: Extended shackles

yeah that is where they go. Also, the springs will flatten with the large shackle lift. My buddy's jeep springs looked almost curved like a frown with his pep-boys shackle kits. I was scared to ride in it.
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Re: Extended shackles

I have an 85 CJ7. The front springs are a little tired and the front is about 3/4" lower than the back. I figure that a shackle that has 1.25" of lift will level the jeep. Seemed cheaper than buying new springs for right now. Should I not do this? Also, I have 235/75R15's on now, and I am ready for new tires. Can I put 30x9.5's on without lifting it above stock height? Thanks

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Re: Extended shackles

"ALMOST" everyone i know that has used shackles to add height has removed them some time later. Especially if you're talking about the front, they make for a terrible ride and create bumpsteer. And if you're buying aftermarket shackles, then you're not getting out much cheaper than a stock set of springs. save up for new springs, you can't go wrong there.
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