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shackle install

i was out trying to install my chevy drop shackles and i jacked the rear end up and put the frame on jack stands. the stands are at the highest they will go and it still looks like theyre not up high enough. should the rear wheels be off the ground otherwise how will i know when theres no weight on the rear leaves?
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the rear wheels need to be off the ground to install shackles
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where are you putting the jack stands?
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i put them right near the spring perches. the lowest part of the frame looks too far forward to be safe. i also couldnt get the bolts to budge, i think i broke my rachet.
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heat and penetrating oil
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when i did mine i had the stands about half way down the truck...the rear is A LOT lighter than the front
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try taking off the rear wheels so your jacks will get it off the ground
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try taking off the rear wheels so your jacks will get it off the ground

LOL, glad I read to the end of the tread before I posted the exact same thing!
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i ended up giving up for the day and went wheeling instead. i didnt go for very long because about 5 minutes into the trail we hit a big puddle and i got stuck going through it. it was deep enough to where water started coming in the cab. it took about 45 minutes to get it out with my buddys winch cause my feet kept getting sucked into the mud and right after we thought we got it it got stuck again. ill post pics soon in the pics section.
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Pics will be appreciated, but as to your question.. Taking the tires off is the way to go. Another thing to do when your jackstands aren't tall enough is to put the stands on something. I use 2 8x8's about 2 feet long as the "base" for the stands to sit on. Another option is cinder blocks. I also have broken a ratchet or two; a breaker bar prevents this : Heat and PB blaster are a good thing. And its too early in the day to really give up. Good luck.
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i used a breaker bar and PB blaster but now im all wet and numb and everything on the trucks all muddy. i also have about 3 weeks before i have to go back to school and my works not giving me many hours, so i have plenty of time to do it.
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when i did mine i removed the wheels then lowered the axle to fit the shackles on... be sure to unbolt the shocks too
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where do you get these lift shackles? i cant find them>??? please help thank you/....
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They are chevy drop shackles most likely.
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The way I did mine was to put the jackstands on my rear hitch on their highest setting. Then i jacked up the axle, removed the wheels, and lowered the axle down to droop.
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well where can i ge them? wut kind of chevy? details please
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well where can i ge them? wut kind of chevy? details please
ive got a pair ill be posting for sale real soon, whenever i get to posting photos

where in ct are you
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lisbon near norwich.. how much dont bother.. consider them sold .. how many inches apprx..?
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how much for with wut kind is ttb?
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theyre belltech 6400 chevy drop shackles which im hoping should geve me about 2 inches
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lisbon near norwich.. how much dont bother.. consider them sold .. how many inches apprx..?

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=57010

Itll give you about 2".

TTB = Twin Traction Beam. Thats the front suspension of my truck, but the shackles are for the rear so dont sweat it.
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