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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-23-2001, 01:06 PM
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shackle angle

I am working on my outboard springs for my full size alxes and I'm not sure if this is too steep,how does this shackle angle look. It looks like it might hit the bumper under compresion but we pulled it dowm till the spring was flat and it did not hit.

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Re: shackle angle

Ramp it.

I dunno much about this (yet) but I would imagine that if you ramp it, and hit the bumpstops or eat the fender before it hits you should be A-Ok.

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Re: shackle angle

That angle looks real good to me.
If its not hitting, when youve compressed the springs flat, then there should be no problem. For that matter even if it does touch in some situations it shouldnt hinder the suspension. And with the angle you have, it will allow the susupension to droop really well.

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Re: shackle angle

Hey Maxx,
Looks good to me. Are you going to use the shckles to tow with? If not you could try reversing them. Might look funny, but I think they would still work.

Your front hanger is bolted to the bumper it looks like. Is the bumper bolted or welded to the side of the frame? It gives me some ideas to help my buddy with springs on his Scrambler.

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No, not going to tow with the shackles. we stared off doing a reversal but the front towers would have been too big to keep the pinion angle like I wanted it and we didnt have any shims. I'm sure there is a way but this is a first for us so we are trying to keep it simple for now. Later we might start getting more daring. The bumper is welded to the frame. We welded for strenght because I am going to bolt the winch up there also.

here is what we did in the rear. I plan on putting at least one more bolt in the bracket and a couple of welds. the welds not so much for strenght but to let me know if things are starting to move. I also might put in another gusset



Here is what it is looking like now. I still have to do the steering and brakes but it's getting closer. Can you say WIDE TRACK!!!
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Looks good, nice welds.
Funky tires, we dont see many ThornChickens out this way.
Keep up the good work.
How are you gonna address the steep drag link angle?

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Re: shackle angle

It's like the Pontiac commercials, Wider IS Better. Do you have fender flare laws where you live, or is going to be trail only?

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Re: shackle angle

Need to clarify a bit. I meant just turn the shackle body themselves around, not an actual shackle reversal.

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For the drag link I'm going to use an Avalanche Engineering x-over steering arm and drag link unless someone else has any ideas. I'm open to sugestions.

As far as flares go, I live in Alabama so I'm to woried about it. But I do plan on making some flares. My friend as a machine at work that bends angle iron( can take a piece of 2x2 angle and make a circle out of it, pretty cool) so I plan on trying to match, as close as I can, the curve of the fender wells with the angle iron and the bolt it to the jeep. Then get some heavy convayer belt rubber and bolt to the other side of the angle. Should be strong but flexable. But the jeep is 95% trail rig anyhow.

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Re: shackle angle

You could do this for the steering[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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