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As requested - Shackle info.

What are shackles and what do they do?

i looked em up and all i found was about dropping your truck 2 inches and stuff and obviously i dont want to dropp..

why would someone wanna just lift the rear and not the front.. it would look like a nose dive would it not??


Well i was told to make this thread so any help is much obliged.
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Did you try searching?
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Yeah most of what i found wasnt that helpful some of it was but most people already knew what it was.. and how to do it.. i am asking what it is and how to do it.
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Shackles connect the leafsprings to the frame...

When the spring flexs it needs room to go, so the shackles act as a "pivot point"

you can get lift OR lowering shackles...
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Ok I was just checking, you can normally find all your info that way. They replace your stock shackle and lower where your leaf springs mount on the truck, thus raising your truck. What you do is jack the truck up and place your frame on some jack stands, unbolt your springs, lower the axle down with a jack and replace the shackle. Then jack it back up and bolt it all back together.
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The shackle is just 2 bolts... one to the frame and one to the leaf pack...

Most older trucks they are seized in there... but some are lucky enough to come right out...
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im pretty sure shackles drop other makes such as chevy and what not ut they can be used to lift fords...and the reason they only raise the rear is because there are other ways to lift just the front such as torsion twist or new coils
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haha..i wasn't too harsh was I?



A shackle is a way of moving the leaf spring away from the hanger....in your application, it would drop one end of the leaf spring lower than it was before, thus creating lift. in a lowered application, like the intended use of the shackles we use for lift, it raises one end of the leaf to create 'lowering' because the hanger is flipped upside down compared to a stock ranger hanger.

Also acts as a pivot point for the spring while 'flexing'

On our rangers, a longer shackle will create lift. But also to be noted, it also pushes your axle center line forward. The reason i keep throwing rear flares. lol.

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Okay cause the 6400's says they drop 2 inches.. but your saying on ford the lift it. and its a basic replacement of the old ones?
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Everyone and their BL's too bad i cant haha.
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w/o shackles you would tear your frame.

good enough? lol
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w/o shackles you would tear your frame.

good enough? lol
well thats straight to the point thank you mccain =]
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Okay cause the 6400's says they drop 2 inches.. but your saying on ford the lift it. and its a basic replacement of the old ones?
on chevys...the hanger is upside down compared to the ranger hanger. The leaf and shackle are above the hanger on chevys....on rangers the leaf and shackle is below the hanger. Lowered ranger guys opt to flip the hanger to gain some more drop. The 2/3 DJM lowering kit flips the axle to above the leaf(5" drop) and give you pretty much exactly a belltech 6400 shackle to lift it 2" to net 3" drop. lol.

Hangers are opposite of eachother.

On a chevy, it's 2" lowering(longer shackle, brings the leaf higher up, thus making it lower). On a ranger, the 2" chevy drop shackle DROPS the leaf spring down lower away from the frame/bed, thus creating lift. I gained 1.5" of lift after the install of the 2" chevy drop shackles.
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and they actually add travel to your leafs by rotating forward and following the are and provide a smoother ride in the back.
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Well then my questions are all answered here hahah thank you..
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Okay cause the 6400's says they drop 2 inches.. but your saying on ford the lift it. and its a basic replacement of the old ones?
on rangers the shackles go down

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on chevys they face up





so a longer shackle on a chevy would lower it since it moves the spring up, where as it pushes the spring on our truck down there for lifting it.
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