I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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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.
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled!
GM151/SM465/NP205 twinstick/7" Lift/33" Swampers/REP 8000/RS9000's/Scout II D44's F&R w/4.10's & Lockrights