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About time I did it!

So I've finally jumped on the bandwagon with Chevy shackles and maxed t-bars.

She looks good now.


Shackles with no crank. Looks pretty raked.
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Driver's side maxed out
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Think I need an alignment for my toe-out?
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Looks good now!!
Front from the ground to the bottom the centre of fender flare is 35.5" and the back from the ground to the bottom of the fender flare is 37"
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And some flex
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Im thinking about doing this too but I dont want to put the stress on the ball joint.
Looks good tho
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Everyone else seems to do it with no problems, so I figured what the hell. My mechanic just advised to get an alignment after cranking the bars.
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Looking good. I need to get me a set of shackles. How are they to install?
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maxxed t bars= harsh ride but no real function just looks...
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maxxed t bars= harsh ride but no real function just looks...
Last time I checked...being able to clear larger tires is some sort of function, no?
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clear larger tires but not able to use the suspension for its main function
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good idea in theory... terrible idea in function. yes, you can clear larger tires.. but the suspension rides like dog-shat. dont get me wrong, my truck doesnt exactly ride like a caddy, but i prefer to salvage what good ride i have. i had entertained the idea of this mod, but i dont like the rake. IMO a level truck looks better than one with mad rake.

kudos on doing it though.
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clear larger tires but not able to use the suspension for its main function
For some people the main function of the suspension is different.

You for example...your SN is gotmud? Why would you need a flexible suspension when going through a mud hole?

Judging from most of mikeys posts, I never see him taking pictures climbing a rock face or going through rock gardens. Just everyday trail riding.

Just my .02
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ya u got a point but my truck is my dd and i think his is too wouldn't you want a better ride other than feeling every crevis in the road...
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its about time....geez
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My truck stays on the road except for occasional mud fun. I don't take it on the trails or crawl with it. Half the time I just need the ground clearance for the roads in the winter!

I maxed the bars and took it for a drive to let them settle. I dont find it rides that bad at all. It's firm, but it always has been. It now has a little bit of rake even with the barx maxed, but it looks okay. Before the front end used to sit slightly higher than the bag and looked crappy.

As for installing the shackles, I had my mechanic do it. It took him 4 hours because the bolts were such a PITA. He had to torch and cut them off and he basically didn't enjoy doing it lol.
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overall for wat u use it for looks good.
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looks good. are you coming to kitchener on friday?
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Cranked T-Bars aren't bad at all. FordGuy302s truck rides a ton better then my car. When going over the cracks on the freeway, I can feel each one in my ****. And I mean the tiny cracks haha.
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I used to drive a slammed B2200 with 40 series tires, so pretty much anything is comfortable to me now lol.

Andrew, PM me with details. I might be able to make it.
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lol bout time looks good
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holy nasty frame batman, glad i'm in the south!!
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truck looks really good
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Welcome to Ontario winters. And it's been undercoated for 4 or the 7 years it's been on the road...
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truck looks really good
Thanks. I think you're the only one on here who has higher miles on their truck than I do, but I'm not far behind.
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Not bad, for a Mazda.....just kiddin. Looks good man
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Looks good, i dont mind my jacked up bars.

Smooth rides and quiet vehicles are for old people.
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i maxed out my bars and then checked the alignment and it was still ok. went about 100km and checked it again still needed no adjustment when i put the older keys in i will chekc it again...most likley will still be ok.
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Right on. If you look at that pic of my truck from the front, it seems like my wheels are toed out a little bit, but they look like they are equal on both sides. I think that toe out should be corrected a little bit.
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