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Old 05-10-2013, 04:04 PM
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Lift shackles

Does anyone have 2 inch lift shackles on there leaf sprung 4x4 f 250 I would like the dimensions on them I can make my own I just need measurements


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Old 05-10-2013, 05:21 PM
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I have 4" and they are huge!. I imagine 2 inch ones would be 2inches shorter. I wouldny be able to get any kind of measurements till sunday though
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I appreciate it, I might just build me some Tomorow the ones I looked at online seem to just be two pieces of flatbar with holes in them with a piece of square tubing in the center. I have all the material at my shop and I'm sure I can make them just as good if not stronger than others


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When I had 3" front hangers, the kit called for the shackle mount to be flipped to the bottom of the frame and use the OEM shackle. Putting the sway bar mounts on the bottom of the frame works pretty good, too, in place of longer links.
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What else is required with this setup? I have a 3.5 inch setup in the front and stock rear. It took everybit of the lift to just level it out. I have a add a leaf and 2 inch custom blocks. That's the max for me without buying to shocks. What would be necessary for me to add shackles as well for me to get too 6 inches in the front? A 3 inch shackle, and new shocks? Would the trac bar need to be extended some more? I know it's a round about way of getting a good lift on your truck but beats the hell out of buying a whole kit with new springs. And honestly they are all gonna ride like crap when it's done lol
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...because front lift blocks are soooooo much safer than a proper front lift spring.

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The drawings aren't that great, but it gives you the general idea about flipping your shackle mount instead of using longer shackles.

http://www.tuffcountry.com/NewFiles/23955.pdf
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...because front lift blocks are soooooo much safer than a proper front lift spring.

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How is it unsafe to have a 2 inch block in the front? I don't off road and it rarely sees 4x4 except when the boat ramp has ice on it during hunting season.
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Well, among other things, blocks (front or rear) act as a torque arm, like a cheater bar on a wrench. Axle wrap isn't that bad on the rear because it's not a steering axle.

Have you ever seen a block get spit out? I have.

Are these an immediate danger? Maybe not. Will these issues happen without a block? No effin way.

Something else to ponder, if front blocks aren't unsafe, then why don't ANY of the lift manufacturers use them?

A 3" hanger system and Rough Country's 2.5" lift spring and NOT using nitrogen charged shocks would give a descent ride, if that's all you're after. Honestly, smooth ride and 3/4 ton truck are contradictory terms.
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They don't use them because there is no money in it. It's all a fashionable market. I have a hard time believing solid steel blocks are going to split out from under my truck.

So is the 2.5 spring or springs you speak of a set or jus a add a leaf? Thats my thought on a smooth ride and these trucks however I have a 1 ton. Not sure if the front springs are different then the 3/4 ton. The add a leaf on my truck is also off of my dads old 85 Chevy 1500. He built a kit and took it all apart when he sold it. Is it for a 1 ton truck? No, but its been working fine for the last 3 years with not problems.
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