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Old 07-02-2009, 09:36 PM   #1
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Leaf Spring Shackles

I have an appt. at the dealership for an alignment and torsion bar crank next thurs. I'm pretty sure I'll go with a 1.5" crank and I would like shackles to level the rear out; wouldn't mind a small rake either. Where should I get a good, strong set of shackles? Last time I checked, 3 Leaf Fab was out of stock...how bout Synergy?
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

there really really easy to make.... as long as you or a buddy can weld!
Old 07-03-2009, 12:27 AM   #3
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Yeah I know they are easy to make but my Heavy Equipment class that I take is out for the summer and thats the only time I have access to a welder.
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

if you dont go toooo long, you dont really need a side brace, but its a good idea.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tim99Zr2
if you dont go toooo long, you dont really need a side brace, but its a good idea.
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just use 2" x lenght....3/8's thick and there shouldn't be any problems
Old 07-03-2009, 02:32 PM   #6
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

I would like a side brace just for the extra piece of mind...wouldn't worry as much about it. Where could I just buy them from, with the side brace; as I don't have access to a welder now.
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

http://www.thegmrstore.com/gmrs10shackles.html

I have a set of these on my blazer...very heavy duty and give a nice lift...85 bucks a set plus 10 for shipping but they are very worth it.
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

scroll down through the page and you'll find them
http://www.diy4x.com/suspension.htm
Old 07-03-2009, 08:46 PM   #9
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

Thanks for the links. I found a set on Synergy Offroad made by Fabtech for $65. I only want a 2" lift as I'm only raising the front up by 1.5" with t-bar crank. Would these by good?
http://www.shop.synergyoffroad.com/p...&productId=189
Old 07-04-2009, 12:59 AM   #10
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

Does anyone other than 3 Leaf make a 1" or 1.5" shackle? I'm gonna do the 1.5" Tbar crank but I don't want any more rake than I have now.
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Anyone else?
Old 07-05-2009, 11:55 PM   #12
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

synergyoffroad.com has some. I have some 3laef ones that are 2" and they are a little big to much rake I got to put 1.5s on I dont know if I want to drill them or just get new ones.
look on ebay tho sometims stuff pops up
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

I know people hate them, however, I have been using the cheap autozone ones for over 4 years now with absolutly no problems what so ever. I have beat my truck (and blazer, which had them first) up like crazy on and offroad and these things never fail. Most of the people that dog on them, have never used them, they just don't like the "looks" of them (meaning they look weak). Honestly, they are just fine to use.
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

i used the Advance brand ones on a 95 blazer and they worked fine for me...eventualy i welded a small brace between them but thats just cus i could
Old 11-25-2009, 08:19 AM   #15
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

According to an email I just got from 3LeafFab, they *are* making their shackles again. It's just not on thier page atm. And there's a special going on, too. Something like $50 shipped on any size (1", 1.5", 2" and 3"). Gonna remeasure the front of my truck today and order some. The 2" shackles I have now give it too much rake. If someone is interested in a pair of 2" 3LeafFab shackles (only had them on the truck for about a month or less and don't go off road), PM me in a few weeks. I"ll sell 'em cheap then.
Old 12-06-2009, 02:39 AM   #16
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

how can i lift the rear of my truck a 1/2" ? or at the most 3/4"? do i have to look for a shackle kit? or is there an easier, faster way?
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

Quote: Originally Posted by bigdaddykane93
how can i lift the rear of my truck a 1/2" ? or at the most 3/4"? do i have to look for a shackle kit? or is there an easier, faster way?
the shackles are a quick way..
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Old 12-06-2009, 06:57 PM   #18
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

if i was to make my own shackles, how far apart should the 2 holes be drilled? and are the holes supposed to be square or round? and how thick should the metal be?
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

holes need to be round..2" wide by 3/8" thick is going to be more then strong enough...
not 100% sure on length for your app. though

but i think from center of eye hole to eye hole,
shold be 1" longer then the stock ones you have for 1/2" gain

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Old 01-04-2010, 01:24 AM   #20
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

Quote: Originally Posted by BuzzerPB
holes need to be round..2" wide by 3/8" thick is going to be more then strong enough...
not 100% sure on length for your app. though

but i think from center of eye hole to eye hole,
shold be 1" longer then the stock ones you have for 1/2" gain
can i use 1/4" thick steel instead of 3/8" ? i think im only gonna lift the rear of my truck 1" to 1.5" at most. right now the eye holes are 4 inches apart. so the new shackle holes need to be 6" to 7" center to center apart to get that lift right?
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

yep....
if this will be a wheeler... i'd gusset between the to sides... for the 1/4" ones myself... but have heard people not gusseting 1/4" shackles
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Quote: Originally Posted by BuzzerPB
yep....
if this will be a wheeler... i'd gusset between the to sides... for the 1/4" ones myself... but have heard people not gusseting 1/4" shackles
whats gusset mean? also can you explain in a different way? im not sure what you mean by what you wrote....im so sorry
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

the tube between the sides is the gusset.. to help strengthen it
but we wheel the crap outta of ours and I drive mine to and from the trail...

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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

yea def gusset it, its worth the 5 extra minutes to do it. i didnt gusset mine, but they were only like 4" long.
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wow thats a good idea. where did you get that gusset piece? or did you make the gusset piece yourself? also how far apart should the shackles be between the gusset? or like how wide should the gusset be? thanks
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Re: Leaf Spring Shackles

once ya get the shackles done... mount them, then measure between the 2....
we tacked the pice, then full welded it.. while on the rig.... but we had a 2 post lift, also...
as long as mine were, i used a pice of rectangle tubing, cut to fit.....

but a pice of 2" x 2" box tubing 1/4" thick should be fine for ya

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