I had bushing fitment issues with my old shackles and wondered if my bushings were the problem. I first ordered aftermarket bushings and there was still slop so i returned them and bought bushings for stock shackles. Turns out the stock shackle bushings are chamfered to fit the uneven factory shackles since they are not a flat piece of steel like aftermarket shackles are. I think the steel liners are also a tad longer but it's been a while and i dont remember. But it's something to keep in mind so you dont buy the wrong set.
The shackles Jarhead Al show are priced individually ($36.00 for 4) plus 4 grade 8 bolts, nuts and 8 grade 8 washers.
I used a set of front tow shackles when I replace my springs. I left my stock rear shackles. Naturally, all new stock style rubber bushings all around.
Tow shackles were around a hundred bucks when I bought them. Made in USA.
They're probably a bit more now.
No problems at all with my only moderate use. I wouldn't expect any problems even with severe use.
As a side note, they match up perfectly with the tow bar that I already owned when I bought them.
Rattle seems to be coming from the exhaust. Comes and goes with engine vibration and seems to go away when the harmonics sync up. Sounds like a thin piece of sheet metal rattling, but nothing visible is loose. I used the stick of wood trick to listen to the vibration and the only place it stands...
Just wanted to share my experience in case you find yourself in the same situation.
Back in December my 1995 YJ's AX5 blew with 160k on it. I called a few local shops and they wanted $2000-$2500 to swap it out. I found one place that would rebuild it for $850-$900 if I pulled...
If anyone was following my build thread or happened to catch the post, I've decided to go the V8 route with my YJ. There are a few reasons that pushed me over to the V8 side, vs. the 4.6/4.7 stroker I was planning on.
First, I just couldn't find a good spare 4.0L block at a reasonable price...
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