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rear shackle angle

please advise on my shackle angle. This is with full weight of vehicle on the truck...


I have 4-5" lift springs in the front (deaver maybe) and hefty's 2.5" shackle flip in the rear as well as an add-a-leaf.

I'm thinking of getting a longer shackle from hefty to add some height. Perhaps that will help?

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These are the primary considerations for shackle angle:
1) at normal ride height, the line between its bolts should be roughly perpendicular to the line between the leaf spring eye bolts.
2) at either extreme of the suspension travel, those 2 lines should not approach parallel.
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Why is your second leaf shorter then the third? Angle doesnt look bad.

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These are the primary considerations for shackle angle:
1) at normal ride height, the line between its bolts should be roughly perpendicular to the line between the leaf spring eye bolts.
2) at either extreme of the suspension travel, those 2 lines should not approach parallel.
gotcha. I'll check it out when it's flexed to see what's going on as it cycles.
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The angle is bad, you need to shoot for about a 30* angle on the shackle. Looks like you need to move your front hanger back a bout 1-1.5" to get it right. Where you are now you are pretty much depending on the springs to do all of your movement wich means you are within inches of max down travel. If you move the front hanger back some it will also help recenter the wheel in the wheel well. I did this exact tsame thing along with a 1" inch zero rate.

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Here is a pic of a good shackle angle


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I've read about moving the front hanger back. Always something to do with this thing...

I need to move my pass side radius arm mount up an inch as well. lots of dam drilling. I hate drilling.

edit// should center up the tire in the wheel well too eh?
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Here is a pic of a good shackle angle
Yeah, the gas tank angle looks just about right, too.
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should center up the tire in the wheel well too eh?
BEFORE you start cutting & drilling in your frame, try aligning the BODY to the frame first. Loosen all 10 body bolts and use a hydraulic jack to get it centered across the frame, and fore-aft onto each bolt hole. Then retorque all 10 to spec. That might be all it takes to get the wheels centered in the arches.

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steve I was under the impression that it's not the body, but the rear that gets shifted forward because of the shackle flip.
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Regardless - CHECK the body position before attempting to adjust the axle to match the (possibly displaced) body.
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