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Old 07-29-2014, 11:13 AM   #1
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Revolver shackles

Has anyone ever used them on the front of their yj? I'm having lots of shackle inversion.

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Old 07-29-2014, 01:06 PM   #2
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I'm guessing that by meaning shackle inversion, you are talking about the shackle getting stuck behind where it mounts in the frame?

The usual case that causes this is the front of the leaf springs are bent or too weak to keep the shackle forward. I've seen it happen a few times on stock springs that were worn and the owner decided to go airborne at the top of a hill.

I have seen revolvers on all 4 corners before, usually they are only on the rear, and the driver's said that they handle differently. Something to get used to I suppose.

If I were having that problem and the leafs aren't bent, then I think I would invest in boomerang shackles at least for the front. Then you still have stability for the side to side movement to keep the steering intact.

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Old 07-29-2014, 02:41 PM   #3
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Boomerang shackles on the front should prevent inversion. The middle bolt will hit the frame before they invert.
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:15 AM   #4
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+1 on both those responses and I'm just replying to put in my .02 about the revolvers.. I don't have first hand experience, but heard horror stories of them unloading on hill climbs. After that I did some searching on them and read a lot of complaints about that and saw some youtube clips of them in action. Scary stuff when you're on a steep hill and they unload and your jeep stands straight up or flips over backwards.. I'd stick with boomerangs and be done with it.
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Old 07-30-2014, 12:23 PM   #5
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Tow shackles up front will stop that inversion too. I put Currie ones on the front and Currie Boomerangs on the back. Lots of flex, grease-able and no more shackle inversion for me!
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:17 PM   #6

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Originally Posted by StanF View Post
Boomerang shackles on the front should prevent inversion. The middle bolt will hit the frame before they invert.
Stan is correct. I'm running boomerangs front and rear. The center bolts/sleeves on the fronts act as bump stops and will prevent your issue, provided your springs aren't already ruined. Here's a pic of mine, it's not the greatest pic of them, but should give you an idea.
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