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Re: Reverse Shackle
I think I may go with a homebrew shackle reversal this spring with rear springs up front and extend the wheelbase a few inches. Right now I am just spring over with 1 1/2" Rancho springs. I am not happy with the Rancho springs, so I am going to use stock/hybrid rears spring packs up front. Probably going tube the front tie it all into the cage and frame, trim the fenders way back. Oh yeah back to the question...
I had a CJ7 prior to my owning this Sami. I ran a 4" lift with 35's and the thing wandered all over the place. I installed a reversal and the jeep went down the road nice and straight. No noticable brake dive that is suppose to be associated with a reversal. I noticed that what happens when lift spirngs are installed is the castor angle changes - usually to a increased negative angle allowing the steering to wander.
The reversal usually corrects the negative castor by slighty rotating the axle back to where it should be. Before I installed the reversal the castor angle was at zero degrees when it should have been around 6-7 degrees. I personally don't see the problem with them. This subject has been debated many times in this board in the past with many different views about the shackle reversal on a Samurai.
Like I said in my CJ7 it worked great, as far as the samurai I won't really know until I try it. If it dosen't work then I go with a coil setup.