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Old 01-08-2006, 01:32 AM   #1
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Shackle Lifts??

Does anyone have any advice or comments about shackle lifts to gain about an inch or two? Just wanted to hear from someone who has had experience with them. Thanks.

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Very Easy, Very Cheep way to get a little bit of lift. I picked up a set for around $17 a pair....from JC Whitney I think.
They were a full 2" longer than stock and got me got me 1 1/4" of lift when installed.
I run 31" BFG Mud Terrains on wheels with a fair amount of back spacing, they will rub both front and rear fender flares under flex....but not enough to do any damage. I have no front sway bar so that prob contributes to the front rubbing.
No Other Suspension or Drivetrain mods were needed...which is why this is so cheep and easy.

Only issues I can think of: Shackles are the lowest point out front...they tend to catch rocks/ledges/ground....etc.
Depending on the condition of your springs the amount of lift you get will diminish over time, it seems more stress is put on the spring with this set up and they tend to Flatten out.

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Do you not get any bumpsteer? Everyone in my jeep club with longer shackles has some degree of bumpster.
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Stay around 1" lift with them and you should be okay, did these on both the CJ's I owned and same should hold true for the YJ's. x2 on the above long term spring issue with massive shackle lifts. One important yet often over looked area is the shackle hanger itself. You may want to upgrade these to a beefier aftermarket part to handle any new stress andto give some added peace of mind. I think I ran a set many years back called slick rock hangers. As for bump steer never had it with the CJ's.
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Another thing to consider is your shocks. Your stockers will still work, but you will be very limited on down travel. They should be the next thing on your list. Other than that, I have no complaints about mine. Pretty easy to install and will give you that little bit of clearance for those 31's.
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Old 01-09-2006, 01:40 AM   #6
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Well, thanks alot for all the feed back. I dont really do alot of serious off roading, just like to play in the mud but I do like it to look cool and if a little shackle lift will allow me to fit 31's and you guys think its a good idea then, I will give it a try. Once again, thanks for the feed back, I would be lost without this forum!!
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I got some shackles for christmas. and i had no problem putting on the front but when i went to put the rear shackles on i could not get the bolt out unless i droped the gas tank. so if anybody has a way around this please let me know. thanks for your help.
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Shackles should have come with new bolts. Cut the head off the old ones and pull them through.
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reliese the spring from the front hanger and pull the whole thing back, thats the best way but iff you dont want to do that then just lower the rear of the tank a little and you should be good to go
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I got some shackles for christmas. and i had no problem putting on the front but when i went to put the rear shackles on i could not get the bolt out unless i droped the gas tank. so if anybody has a way around this please let me know. thanks for your help.

Keep us updated on your progress. Let us know what all you had to do. Pics are great if you have the capabilty.
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Do you not get any bumpsteer? Everyone in my jeep club with longer shackles has some degree of bumpster.
Nope, no bumpsteer.

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"I got some shackles for christmas. and i had no problem putting on the front but when i went to put the rear shackles on i could not get the bolt out unless i droped the gas tank. so if anybody has a way around this please let me know. thanks for your help."

Mine is 94 too, 4cyl, I did not have trouble getting rear bolts out. I do remember I reveresed them whem I put them back in....(after confirming they would clear the gas tank)....maybee it seemed like they would not come out but then did?....I can't remember....none the less I did NOT drop the tank....the bolts came out, I can't imagine yours would be any different.
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Old 01-12-2006, 07:34 PM   #12
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I wouldn't drop the tank, like naviathan said, just get out the sawzall and whack off the bolts. Mine were too rusty to loosen anyway so I had to cut mine. Cutting is easier than loosening rusty bolts anyway.
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Yes, I agree with all the cutters out there! cut those things out man! I also was looking for a set of top quality lift shakles to go along with my 4" skyjacker. But I was hoping to find a two inch lift shackle, is this to high, and do "they" even make one??? Yes the new elevation is addictive...I'll probably cut this lift off and go even bigger....(ohh boy...)
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The only thing with lift shackles is that they catch everything in the front first. This is an easy way to bend leaf springs. If the shackle hits a rock hard, the energy will be forced back to your frame where, if you are lucky, your leaf spring will kink like a hockey stick. If you aren't lucky, your spring mount will tear out of your frame, and THAT is a huge mess to get off the trail!! If you are looking for more height, I wouldn't reccomend too tall of lift shackes. I would go with a SOA setup or a small body lift (1-2" max). Good luck with the altitude adjustment!
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A 2" lift shackle lift will net you 1" of lift since it is only lifting one side of the spring. I would not recomend anything larger, like jeeperman said they will dig into everything. Also, I would be concerned with them being unstable and possibly bending under hard use. I have seen really long ones and ones that are adjustable with different holes for the spring bolt. I wouldn't trust either of those designs. Get a solid, welded, 2" shackle.
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I was looking into doing a 2" shackle on my yj with my 4" Rough Country lift, but I was warned not too by several people who said the bump steer would be horrible and it would drift in the lane on the highway really bad. I measured to my rocker panel (stock should have been 18") with my 4" suspension I'm only up 2" overall. Is this right?
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I have the older 3" Rough Country lift with 2" Warrior Products shackles and have none of the problems you are concerned about. My Jeep is very stable on the road. I ditched the sway bar too. I had it up to 90mph once, It wandered a bit then, but it is a box...what do you expect.
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Im getting 1-1/4 inch warrior shackles for my jeep i have 31by10.5 r15 tires zise is that would be ok ???
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My jeep wrangler is a 4.0l 6 cylenders 5 speed manual im getting 1-1/4 inch warrior shackles for my 31 by 10.5 r15 tires are those ok for my jeep ???

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