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leveling with shackles?

alright so i can get a good deal on some shackles, my buddys dad is a fabricator and can make me up a set if i give him money for supplies (including a 6 pack) so figuring about 20-30 for the set. are shackles a good way to go? or should i buy blocks or add a leafs? minus shocks would i need a new track bar for 2" of lift? thanks guys!

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If you do this, I strongly recommend matching front hangers otherwise you will induce excessive positive caster. Excessive positive caster won't hurt tire wear, but it will make turning harder.

I did a 2" add-a-leaf and didn't need to change anything else. Although I wouldn't do it again, the add-a-leaf dug into the lower leaf spring.

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what about blocks in the front? havent seen them around many places for front leaf springs but i know its an option to put spacers on front coil springs. maybe theres a reason for that.

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I do not think it is safe or legal to run blocks in the front. However you can run mini spring packs in the front which are similar to blocks. You could do a spring hanger kit as well.

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i would pick up an old set of leaf springs frome somehwere and make your own mini pack. some cheaper mini packs are not made of spring steel and can cause stress on them and crack and break. if u make them with spring steel (old leaf springs) they can take the abuse, flex and return many times.

any way take an old set of leafs someone has laying around, get longer u-bolts. cut down the leafs into a mini pack and re-pin the pack and install. do not go larger then 2.5'' thick. dont know the reason but appariently it is unsafe over 2.5''???

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Have you measured to see what height you need?

Best ride quality will always be from using a V code factory spring. You can get a hanger lift in 2,3" which will enhance the ride quality by giving additional travel.

If you want new springs and 2" and the best ride quality get X code springs will ride better than any lift spring.

As always a 2" lift needs longer shocks and requires a adj track bar or a correctly made drop bracket to correct the axle that has now shifted 1/2-3/4" per 2" of lift. Its geometry.. a science. The axle shifting will side load your spring bushings which will cause premature failure and doglegging.


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