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95 YJ Shackles

I have a 95 YJ and want to put greasable shackles on it.
The ones I'm looking at are 1" longer. Will this affect steering (caster) and other alignments?

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Re: 95 YJ Shackles

1" longer is what I've got on my YJ, and is about as long as I'd recommend going. Rob is right, it will change your front and rear axle angles slightly, but shouldn't be a major problem, in my opinion. Usually, it is the really long ones, like 2.5" longer, for 1.25" lift, that are problematic in this regard.

However, if you are concerned about it, you can buy just the greaseable bolts and bushings, and put them in with your stock shackles, I think. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

Of course, some YJs will have a vibration in the rear driveshaft just as they are, and all jeeps are different in this regard too. All you can do is try. If you don't like the way they feel, or don't like the way your jeep steers or handles, you can take them back off, or just use the bushings and greasable bolts with your stock 2-piece shackles.

This is kinda a gray area, and some people will say that they notice the difference, and some people won't. Just remember, this is a modification to your Jeep, and it may handle differently.

It does not effect your front end alignment, due to the design of the steering linkage on a YJ. It may change the position of your steering wheel when your wheels are straight, but I don't think only a 1/2" of lift will be that big of a change. Lay down underneath the front of your jeep and stare at the steering components and you will see how this works.

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Re: 95 YJ Shackles

Hi,

I just put 1 3/4" Con-Ferrs on my CJ. I have some bumpsteer now, but not that much and also noticed that it wanders more in a straight line. What happens is that the longer shackles in the front slightly rotate your axleforward, which decreases the caster. I'll probably get myself some degree wedges to correct this.

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