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Shackles or blocks?

Well aware of the axle wrap that can occur with blocks. But which would be a better choice. 2" block or shackle? I am only running 31s now so fender contact would not be a problem with the shackle. Do shackles cause any unwanted problems like blocks do?
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shackles move your axle forward i believe. i've heard horror stories about off roading and blocks, but that is only guys who double up on a block or under extreme conditions. i also didn't want the axle closer to the bedside so i went with a AAL.

might be something you wanna consider or look at.

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Aal or new leafs
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never had a problem with my blocks. gota remember, the 4x4 comes with blocks
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In your situation, it should make no difference which one you choose.
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I'd go with shackles, but either would work.
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I would imagine if your buying everything new shackles would be cheaper (belltech 6400's are 50-60 bucks) rather than buying blocks and new u bolts. Shackles will give you a little more flex too. Blocks may be a little less work if your leaf bushings are seized, but I'd recommend shackles over blocks any day.
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I am curenntly running 4" leafs in the rear, but need I a little boost but am undecided using the blocks or shackles. I ran aal still they sagged.
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