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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2004, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Sprung Shackles

Im making some new shackles and I just thought of a crazy Idea.
Say their about 2" over stock 1/4 inch thick 2" wide. Now instead of welding some square stock inbetween or making it with a bolt through it with bushings so you could loosen them for more flex.What if I welded a heavy duty spring in like a valve spring from a big rig or something. Obviously something really thick and strong with a 2" outer dia. Iv got a nice sketch but I dont have enough time to scan it now, gotta get home and finish my zuk.

What do you think.....is that stupid????? Or would it give a little for some flex?? [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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HMMM I dont think you will gain anything, not to mention once you weld the spring the heat affected zone on the spring steal will become brittle and they will eventualy brake most likely sooner then later.
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Well I do know that there is a noticeable gain in flex with no bolt or brace in the middle of the shackle. I agree with Rockrat about welding in the spring but what if you weld in two round "keepers" on the inside middle of the shackle for the spring ends two sit in? This would keep the spring in place and allow movement but still offer bracing. Will it be worth it in the gain department? For the people running a solid braced shackle I say probably. It is sure easy enough to try and check out.
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Good Idea ! Like this?
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Re: Sprung Shackles

Found a Spring that might work? Ya think thats too strong (300 lbs) It would probably kill some one if it poped out . Maby shorter so its not compressed so much?? [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]
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Re: Sprung Shackles

I noticed that at compressed length is 3" so you'll have to cut them short which still might not work out but not sure.
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O'yea I was thinkin the springs were 3.5" wide.These should work. [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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Re: Sprung Shackles

Can't understand what the spring is going to do for you.....why not just let it open? If you're trying to use it to keep centered but have some flex how about a puck of poly/urethane in there instead of that spring? Use rubber bushings instead of poly too, they're softer.
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Re: Sprung Shackles

I dont really know either [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] I was just trying to find an alternate option I dont want to leave it open, Id rather have it welded solid but I can see how that would restrict flex alittle. So I figured a strong spring would flex a little but still keep it from swaying around. A poly rod with a bolt through it sounds good.
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