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Old 04-25-2011, 09:20 AM   #1
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looking to do 1" shackle lift.

Hey guys. Im a new member here. I just bought an 89 yj and am looking to lift it a bit. It already has 31" tires. Ive been doing some reading on the forums and decided to go with a simple 1" shackle lift. My question is, where is the best place to get the front and rear shackles, and which would be best to get? Its not going to be used for heavy offroad use. Just mild offroad and a beach cruiser. If someone could provide a link that would be great. Thanks a lot.

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I would go with roughcountry they have a good product... i have a 6" lift from them and no problems at all. You can buy from roughcountry.com or ebay or many other places.

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Old 04-25-2011, 11:25 AM   #3
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Alright those look good and the price seems right. Should i go with regular lift shackles for $36 a pair or boomerang shackles for $55 a pair?
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I would go for the boomerang.
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I would buy from 4wheelparts.com, as they have coupon codes an usually the best prices, and get the rugged ridge, make sure they are grease-able.

Heres a link http://www.4wheelparts.com/Lift-Kits...pn=RUG18265.14
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I'd run a set of more boom style shackles. not a lot of lift out of them but a good bit more flex.

Jeep YJ Heavy Duty Front or Rear Boomerang Shackles
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:41 AM   #7
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Personally i would go with regular
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I would buy from 4wheelparts.com, as they have coupon codes an usually the best prices, and get the rugged ridge, make sure they are grease-able.

Heres a link Rugged Ridge Part 18265.14 - Front Greaseable Shackle by Rugged Ridge-RH2
I would also go with these. I am running the same setup. No problems or complaints.
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:56 PM   #10
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Thanks alot everyone. Im leaning towards the rough country boomerangs. They seem to be made out of good grade steel and come with grade 8 hardware. The principle behind the boomerang shape also seems beneficial. So far the cheapest I found them for was $46 which seems a good price to me.
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IMO you get what you pay for I've never had good luck with RC products so I personally wont run them on my rig
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What havent you had good luck with from them?? I mean i figure its just shackles, basically steel plates and bolts, how bad could they mess that up? But i assume you recommend the rugged ridge over RC?
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What havent you had good luck with from them?? I mean i figure its just shackles, basically steel plates and bolts, how bad could they mess that up? But i assume you recommend the rugged ridge over RC?
You got it as long as it made from good steel and you use grade 8 hardware. It really doesn't matter where you get them from, honestly they got some 2" all 4 for $60 on eBay. I'd go that way for the best savings. And as far as the name brands go, it all on who will back there product up as far as a warranty.
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Yea i hear that too. I dont want to go bigger than 1" lift on the shackles, i read it does more harm than good which makes sense. If every 2" of shackle length equals 1" lift, youre talking an 8" long shackle for 2" lift. Not only would that look a little silly, as you start getting longer shackles im sure the tendency to bend and sway increases dramatically. I also wouldnt trust ebay for something like this as your entire suspension relies on it and they tend to use cheap metals.
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Yea i hear that too. I dont want to go bigger than 1" lift on the shackles, i read it does more harm than good which makes sense. If every 2" of shackle length equals 1" lift, youre talking an 8" long shackle for 2" lift. Not only would that look a little silly, as you start getting longer shackles im sure the tendency to bend and sway increases dramatically. I also wouldnt trust ebay for something like this as your entire suspension relies on it and they tend to use cheap metals.
eBay doesn't make shackles, it's the person selling them and you can buy high quality shit on eBay, my smittybilt bumper came from a seller on eBay, because it was the exact bumper that smittybilt would've sent, but I save $130. So eBay? Ya I'll continue to shop there, you just gotta read to know what your getting.
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Yea that is true. Ill have to take a look. Alot of time the vendors on ebay sell cheap chinese knockoffs. But there are some quality pieces there also.
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If every 2" of shackle length equals 1" lift, youre talking an 8" long shackle for 2" lift.
Is it just me, or is this math a little wonkey?
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Is it just me, or is this math a little wonkey?
Yes he forgot to divide by 2
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:47 AM   #19
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When i said 8" long shackle for 2" lift i was including the fact that a stock shackle is 4" long. so a 2" lift shackle would be 8" long. Or am i still missing something?
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One other piece of advice... you will need a sawzall to cut the old rear shackle bolts, because the gas tank blocks the bolts from sliding all the way out.
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One other piece of advice... you will need a sawzall to cut the old rear shackle bolts, because the gas tank blocks the bolts from sliding all the way out.
If you get the right angle on the bolt you won't need a saw, we've done 2 jeeps and pulled the bolts right out.
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If you get the right angle on the bolt you won't need a saw, we've done 2 jeeps and pulled the bolts right out.
my rear shackles pivoted enough to get the bolts out. (but we cut the front bolts out first so it would swing) Also when I did my lift I had a couple come out easy. The others were rusted into the sleeve on the leaf spring and needed to be cut out. If you run into this problem you'll want new bushings for inside the spring ends as well as new grade 8 bolts/washers/nuts.
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If you get the right angle on the bolt you won't need a saw, we've done 2 jeeps and pulled the bolts right out.
If you had a memory worth a sh*t, you would have remembered that we ended up cutting mine.
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If you had a memory worth a sh*t, you would have remembered that we ended up cutting mine.
Whatever mine went fine.
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Rear bolts are easy to remove if you can drop the gas tank an inch or so. You don't have to remove it. RC has been good to me. Picked up a body lift recently. It is nice to have a local shop where you can actually see the parts not just a catalog pic.
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Old 04-30-2011, 02:59 PM   #26
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Thanks for all the help guys. Only other question i have is, is it alright to do a shackle lift on old springs or is this not adviseable?
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Yes, it's fine.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:35 PM   #28
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Alright so i just received my shackles and they sent me the same part number for front and rear. Is this correct? Are the front and rear boomerang shackles the same? Or did somebody mess something up? I read on one site that they are the same, but I just want to be sure before I go taking things apart only to find out its incorrect. So i figure where better to ask than all the experts on here. Thanks guys.
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Why all the hate on straight shackles?? I'm rocking them perfectly fine:



BTW 31's will still rub if you don't mess with the steering stops. I put 1.5" spacers on the front and the rub went away.
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just so i understand this a little better... when companies who are selling the shackles advertise 1" shackles that is only 1/2" of actual lift correct?

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