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hanger shackle lift question

i have a mini leaf pack leveling kit.
i want to lift the truck more becuase i can not fit 35's on without rubbing.
i had a plan of keeping my mini leaf pack (2") and adding a 2.5" shackle and 5.5" rear block

will a 2.5 shackle give me 2.5? i talked to someone and they said they have the same set up and has no problems.

can it be done?
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shackles take twice the amount of extension as lift wanted. For example: 1.5" shackle for a psd is 8" hole to hole, 3" longer than a stock shackle. I wouldnt go 2.5 with just a shackle as it will affect your pinion angle quite a bit! But if you did a 2.5" front hanger and shackle combo it will raise your leafs and keep the axle at the same pinion angle. Hope that helps ya out.

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With shackle lifts you will lift the truck approx half the height the shackle lift is. So if the shackle is a 2 and a half inch lift the n the actual raise would be 1 and a quarter inches unless you have matched hangers an shackles then it will be the full 2 and a half.

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dang... ok i guess that option is out.. im trying to spend as little as i can... anyone have used leafs or hanger/shackles? just let me know
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go to jack-it.com Not sure if thats the actual site but search and thats the company name. local here in slc They are a great company for budget quality stuff like bushings shocks n such. They carry a 1.5" lift shackle thats a true 1.5" lift as it is 3" longer than the stock shackle, this will give you an inch and a half not change pinion angle anything worth worrying about ever, and i believe i paid $65 bucks for em? Their really great quality heavy duty zinc plated steel and direct drop in replacement for oem and lift a true solid 1.5"s.

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oh also if your bumpin up those shackles dont require new shocks but WILL require an adjustable track bar or drop bracket and also maybe a drop pitman arm... Just remember you gotta keep everything inline or you will have some pretty good bumpsteer, these trucks are no lightweight. may also need longer brake lines depending on how much you actually flex the suspension or just see the pavement.

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You can probably get away with just bending the brake line tabs down. Thats all I had to do and I have 8"s on my truck.

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go to jack-it.com Not sure if thats the actual site but search and thats the company name. local here in slc They are a great company for budget quality stuff like bushings shocks n such. They carry a 1.5" lift shackle thats a true 1.5" lift as it is 3" longer than the stock shackle, this will give you an inch and a half not change pinion angle anything worth worrying about ever, and i believe i paid $65 bucks for em? Their really great quality heavy duty zinc plated steel and direct drop in replacement for oem and lift a true solid 1.5"s.
ok.... so if i get a 1.5 shackle adding onto my mini leaf pack i will be good?
i really want the 2.5 extra in front though

i will be getting a adjustable trac bar and pitman arm from someone...

i will be looking for used leafs or hanger shackles in the mean time until i figure it out
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Are you just trying to sit level. Just asking because my poor truck took a full 4 inches in the front to get it level. Now I am running 8" in the front and 4" in the back.

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nah, i have the mini leaf pack now and its only 1.5 taller in rear... i can not fit 35's with these lift now... i need to go bigger... since you think the aal wont do anything with the mini leaf combo, my options now are hanger/shackle or new leafs.
i want a 4.5 lift in front...

6" might be too big for me becuase of towing and using the bed so much.

plus i have a f350 and i was planning on getting a 5.5" block for the rear so i dont have any driveshaft problems.. thats correct right? i have a 3 3/4 block now and only a 2" rear lift wont need anything?
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