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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-25-2000, 11:04 PM
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HomeMade Shackles??

I have a couple of questions after following another post.

1. I have been thinking about this for about a week. I have a 1/4 inch thick piece of stainless steel. Would this be a good material to make a set of shackles from?

2. I want to make sure I have this right before I make them. I would like to raise my jeep an 1 3/4" in the front. The OEM shackles are 3 inches from center bolt hole to center bolt hole. I think I need to make the lift shackles 6 1/2" inches from center bolt hole to center bolt hole. Is this correct?

3. I want to raise the rear 1 inch. OEM being the same as the front. I need to make the lift shackles 5 inches from center bolt hole to center bolt hole. Is this correct?

This may sound strange, but my front is 3/4 of an inch lower than my rear so I would like to get it level.

4. What grade stainless steel bolt should I use? I was thinking a grade 5 so it will bend rather than break. Does all this sound correct?


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Re: HomeMade Shackles??

IMO, Don't do it!!. Your going to have alot of problems with a shackle lift thats more then 1/2" over stock, poor handling due to caster angle, broken shackle hangers, lateral stress on shackles and hangers during turns, the springs are going to hang very low, (and it will look ridiculous) ect. And with a shackle lift this high you may be endangering yourself and others on the road and trail.
Sorry but thats just the way I see it.

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Re: HomeMade Shackles??

yeah, dont go that high.

4 inches hole to hole MAX.

Im not sure on the use of stainless to make shackles, Id probably trust Mild steel more, in a minimum thickness of 3/16 and overkill of 1/4.

No stainless bolts for shackles, keep in mind those bolts hold hte entire weight of that corner of the vehicle.
use grade 5 or grade 8 plated bolts.

dont worry about the grade 8 vs grade 5 thing, either is plenty strong enough, although, you can bend either, and the grade 5 will bend easier.


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Re: HomeMade Shackles??

I made my own rears, but the front would be the same (I bought Currie Tow Shackles). The rears I made also level out the jeep, they're close to 2" over stock (jeep lean), and the fronts are 1" over stock, no problems with handling.

You can always remove them and go back if you don't like them, so why not give it a try for yourself.

I made mine from 1/4" steel, and I had two equal length pieces clamped together. I drilled through both of them in 3 places. Then I used grade 8 hardware, even grade 5 will work, and the shackles will rip out of the frame before either breaks, so no worries. I used a piece of pipe, just larger than the bolt and smaller than the hole to fill the gap. I tightened the center bolt with the pipe around it, and leave the ends loose for wheeling. Very simple, sturdy, and extremely cheap. The next ones I'll make will be out of 3/8", and I'll make them to level the jeep again, but probably go 1" to 1.5" as well. Good luck.

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