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2" t-bar crank and Shackels

I just did a 2" t-bar crank and put in shackels and I thought I would post some pics for people thinking about doin the same.

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looks good. now you just need some bigger meats.
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Looks good, I thought it would have a more raked look with the shackles.
Is your driveway on an incline? Also I would ditch those mudflaps
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tires look tiny now lol. did the same to my ranger. you can fit 33's but the rub in the rear when your fully flexed out, like bad lol
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mud flaps must go now! and bigger tires.. otherwise, good lookin truck dude.
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lookin good
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looks good! I need to get mine redone
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Looks really nice!
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thanks for the compliments, and yea I am getting bigger tires in about a month... I think that I am gonna go with some 265-75-16 firestone desination a/t's they seem to get pretty good reviews, I was looking at the 285-75-16 but I have kinda heard mixed reviews about them on the stock wheel. Someone said that they dont wear very well since they are soo much wider than the wheel and they will rub.
.... yea my driveway has a small incline, it still looks the same on flat ground
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WOW!! I never realized how much differencw that would make. Thanks for the post because i was looking at doing this with a 3" BL. front still looks just a smidgin lower than the rear but who cares!!! does your front still have any rebound?
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thanks for the compliments, and yea I am getting bigger tires in about a month... I think that I am gonna go with some 265-75-16 firestone desination a/t's they seem to get pretty good reviews, I was looking at the 285-75-16 but I have kinda heard mixed reviews about them on the stock wheel. Someone said that they dont wear very well since they are soo much wider than the wheel and they will rub.
.... yea my driveway has a small incline, it still looks the same on flat ground

Yeah don't go with the firestones. we run those on our work trucks which they are thouroghly but to the test everyday. They aren't all that great offroad and after about 2 mths they aren't all that great on road. They seem to wear pretty even but that with constant rotate and balance.
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Looks good. I cranked my torsions a bit,but now I want/need to do shackles.

What's the part number? I just want a very mild lift like yours,as I am just going to be running 31x10.5x15 tires.
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Looks good, now go get ya a set of 32's asap!
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You BUNGHOLE!!! J/K.....You inspired me and i just NOW bought shackles from trent......so there ya go!!!! HAHAHAHA!!!!
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WOW!! I never realized how much differencw that would make. Thanks for the post because i was looking at doing this with a 3" BL. front still looks just a smidgin lower than the rear but who cares!!! does your front still have any rebound?
Yea it rides fine, its a little rougher and a little bouncier but it's definitely worth it. Before when I would bottom out a lot on the bump stops in the front and now its not a problem.
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Looks good, go with 285's, Im runnin them with my t-bars maxxed out and a 2" aal. Heres a pic:
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Yeah don't go with the firestones. we run those on our work trucks which they are thouroghly but to the test everyday. They aren't all that great offroad and after about 2 mths they aren't all that great on road. They seem to wear pretty even but that with constant rotate and balance.
hmm I wonder why they get such amazing reviews on tirerack.com
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/survey...ireSearch=true

Hoz, do u have any suggestions, I need a tire that is decently cheap, and I do about 90% on road and 10% off road- so basically I am looking for a capable a/t tire, thanks
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Looks good. I cranked my torsions a bit,but now I want/need to do shackles.

What's the part number? I just want a very mild lift like yours,as I am just going to be running 31x10.5x15 tires.
they are belltech 6400 2" lowering shackles for full size American trucks, I got mine from summit it was about $63 by the time they threw in handling charges
they are some what adjustable there are 3 different holes you can choose from and I used the last one to give the most lift. Which ended up being about 1-3/4"
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku
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Looks good, go with 285's, Im runnin them with my t-bars maxxed out and a 2" aal. Heres a pic:
Sully do you have any rubbing issues? The only problem for me is that I am keeping the stock wheels (poor college student) and they are only 7" wide and I have read that they have problems wearing evenly since the tire is so much wider than the rim. I know it will fit but I am worried about longevity. Oh and those tires look great they look huge compare to the stockers.
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Thanx man. Nope, I dont have any rubbing at all, not even offroading. Mine are wearing just fine too even tho I have an 8 inch wheel. lol heres a pic comparing my stock 245/75-16s to now...
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I will eventually get a set of 285s. i have my tbars maxed with 265s kyb monomax rear shocks. ready for bigger tires but i may through in a aal in the rear. you dont rub at all in the front? mine do when i have the wheel maxed out to either side but i rarely turn all the way......
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when u crank the t bars does it make it ride super rough?
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when u crank the t bars does it make it ride super rough?
Cranking the bars made mine ride smoother. There's more stress being put on the bars to keep the truck up higher, which results in it being easier to make them travel. It also puts more stress on the bars than they were meant for being at stock height, so over time, even a year, will make them permanently weaker thus they will be softer in the long run. Mine are so soft now that I can almost make the truck cycle through the entire suspension travel just by me and another person pushing on my prerunner bumper...i'll post a link to my video of this soon. haha
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when u crank the t bars does it make it ride super rough?
for me, it made it a little rougher but not really a big deal. Its definately worth it. The only thing is you should make sure that you have the #1 torsion bars. (you can look in your door jamb). The #1 bars will hold up best to the t-bar crank
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Looks awesome. Some 265/75/16's would look great in there now
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