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hi there

well, i finally got my jeep back. i'm happy with the results...disappointed with how long it took (over 2 months).



lighting wasn't the greatest but it's a dark grey color. there is some red left from the previous color (headlights, radiator) but i plan and making that black.

the body mounts were what they always use but they have almost equivalent to a 1 inch lift. i now think i need bigger tires...the ones in the pictures are 33"

i also need to get rid of the chrome wheels and get some black ones...anybody want to buy the chrome? [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Lookin good. It's hard to see some of the detail in the pics.........

But

Are the front shackles around 8"-10" long? [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
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they look HUGE...but that jeep looks great...love the color
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It would be cheaper to ditch those super-long shackles you're running...
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Looks Good. I see you are in wisconsin do you want to run mccaslin mt. the last weekend in Feb? Also if you are looking for parts give the guys at ultimate 4 wheel drive in appelton a call http://www.ultimate4.com tell them andy sent ya. They would probably work out a deal with you taking your old tires and wheels for new ones.

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the shackles are just under 8 inches long...5.75 inches between the center of each bolt. i'm guessing by the tone (some more subtle than others [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]) of others in this thread that they are too long.

i understand that long shackles are bad...not positive why but i have an idea why.

what would be the amount of lift i would be getting from shackles this long? what do i need to trade down to?

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If memory serves me right, stock shackles are 3" bolt to bolt. Yours are 2.75" over stock. Therfore, giving you approx 1.4" of lift. (half of the extended length since you are only lifting one side of the spring) The most you would want over stock is 1" in length that gives you .5" of lift. Some have had good luck with 2" length over stock. But anymore than that and you are definately pushing the envelope. The reason is that there is no adjustment for the changes you are making to the front end by adding the lift and the longer shackles hang up on obstacles offroad.
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Longer shackles tilt the front of the axle down. It does the same thing as rotationg the pinion up- change your caster and promote wander. If your Jeep wanders and/or the steering feels a bit vague, those shackles are the culprit. If you want to stay with 33" tires, moving down to a shackle that is only 1" longer than stock will bring down a little, so you don't have a needlessly high Center of Gravity.
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