How difficult is it to replace the shackles on a YJ and does anyone have any hints or suggestions? The process doesn't seem too involved but just want to make sure I'm not missing anything. The YJ I bought has huge lift shackles and I hate them. Thanks in advance. - Andy
It is almost as straight forward as it looks. You should support the vehicle so as to not load or unload the spring you are working on. Remove the bolts - if they bind because of being loaded adjust your supports on the frame so as to ease the bolt removal.
If you are installing shorter shackles then you may need to lower the frame slightly to get the bolts to go through the spring eye once you have the shackle installed in the frame.
Sometimes a bottle jack on the shackle end of the spring can push the spring up for you or placing the bottle jack between the frame and spring can lower it.
Alot will depend on how long the shackles are you are installing.
Hope that helps....a Haynes manual or a Chiltons manual for your truck shows some tips also.
Does anyone have any shackle recommendations? The ones on there currently are Cepeks and are way too long. I was thinking about either +1/2" or 3/8". The DayStar units look high quality but would like to know if anyone would recommend anything. Thanks. - Andy
Check out my attached pic of the MORE boomerang shackle.
Whatever you get, make sure to get greasable bolts.
Also, depending on if those longer rear shackes were installed like the stock ones are(from the gas tank side, inside the frame rail), you might have to cut the rear bolts or drop the gas tank. If they were smart they have already inserted them from the outside, but people do dumb things. So I would check it out.