Really funny Anton! About the shackles, I did have some long ass shackles to fit my 36" Swampers on, but that was wonly till I got the SPOA. After that I switched to the 2" longer then stock shackles. I WOULDN'T go any more then a 2" longer shackle, anymore then that and you will start getting into problems! Even the 2" is LONG as hell, in my book, that is why I want to get some lifted springs and go back to the stock size. later
once...long ago.... I looked at a Sami for sale that had 12inch homemade shackles on it. For kicks I took it for a test drive but didn't dare go over 15mph. that was one of the scariest Samurai rides I've EVER been on.
I also saw one sitting in a parkinglot of a business once with shackles about the same length. Someone was obviously working on it becasue it still had the stock tires on it. I got a laugh...
my shakles are 2 inches longer. It gives only 1 inch of lift as you're only lifting one end of the springs.
My shackles are made out of half inch steel plates and are galvanized so I don't need to paint them.
Galvanizing makes it almost rust proof and looks nice too.
I don't think you should go any longer than 2 inches over stock else you'll get crazy steering problems.
Suzuki Samurai (known as Jimny SJ413 in Asia)
K&N Air Filter, Shackle Lift, Larger Than Stock Tires, 1" Wheel Spacers, Driving & Spot Lamps, Tokico Shocks
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The problem with long shackles is more than just the leverage they create, but also the change in castor. The longer the shackles are, the more steering "wander" you'll get. With really long shackles, the steering will be "twitchy" and very scary!
Seriously, you don't want more than 2-inch-longer-than-stock shackles.