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Old 12-08-2009, 10:55 AM   #1
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Shackle Lift

I put some 31" tires on my 93 YJ. It is currently stock and they rub somewhere on tight turns. I really don't want to lift the jeep. I have heard of putting longer shackles on the leaf springs. Does anyone know if they give me enough clearance and is there and problems associated with using them?

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welcome. They will help, would keep them under 1" lift type though. Also what exactly are the tires rubbing? Top of fender, back of fender wheel etc? Fender flare?

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Old 12-08-2009, 11:08 AM   #3
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Thanks for getting back so quickly. I just put the tires on last night so I haven't had a chance to look at it. I just noticed the rubbing on a tight right when I parked at home. I figured I would start looking at simple options like shackles or add-a-leaf or something.
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:01 PM   #4
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Even with the shackle lift you are going to rub the flares when you go in and out of driveways etc. At 31's you should be running 2" of lift on a YJ.
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:11 PM   #5
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If it's rubbing against the leaf springs like I suspect it is, a lift isn't going to do you any good. You need wheels with better backspacing (Look for some with 3.75 or lower, instead of the 5.75 that the stock wheels have), which should solve the problem. Unless you already have aftermarket wheels...but if it's rubbing on tight turns, not bumps, that tells me need deeper wheels.
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:25 PM   #6
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Shackle lifts are cheap, and small ones give few problems. But keep in mind you're only lifting from one side, so you only get 50% of the lift - a 3" bigger shackle will lift your jeep 1.5"

Long shackles decrease your front ground clearance, and can dramatically impact your angle of approach - those fangs stick down right at the very front, and really can get in the way.

Big shackle lifts (anything 4" or over I would say) are VERY dangerous and really impact the front of your Jeep. They call them Death Fangs.
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:43 PM   #7
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Sounds like I should stay away from shackle lifts I guess.

It felt like it was rubbing on something solid like the leaf spring. So new rims are what I have to get? Or maybe extending the turn stops will help?
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I'm not sure if extending the turn stops will. The two options I've heard of is new wheels or wheel spacers, and wheel spacers mess with turning circle, so it's down to new wheels...Someone else may have information on the turn stops though

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