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Old 05-07-2006
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what do shackles actually do? i mean i am not understanding how they work can somebody please explain to me what the do? thanks don
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Well the stock shackles alot for some movement from front to back and a rear pivot point for your leaf springs. You can also use a chevy drop shackle which will give about an inch or better of lift becuase they are longer.
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When your chevy springs get compressed(aka they flatten) they need to become longer.

Imagine it this way. You have a ruler stick(foot long) made out of metal. You hold it in your two hands(hands on the ends) and you push the ruler so that it forms a half circle. Notice that your hands pushed in to make it into a half circle? Well, when weight is put onto your springs, which flattens them out) they become a little bit longer. The shackles are what allows this.

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Exactly right.

And if your question should be interpreted as: "what do LIFTING shackles do?" -- then the answer is they push one end of the spring further from the chassis, thus lifting the truck a little. You get about 1" of lift for every 2" of extra shackle length, in general.
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