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Shackle Reversal on a CJ2A


The Final Product:

Well, the front spring hanger assembly is now welded in place and springs are hung. The shackles are made from 1/2" x 1" C.R.S. with a 3/8" x 1 1/4" x 1 3/4" spacer welded in. Tow hooks will be mounted to the frame horns with one bolt going all the way down and through the spacer. This gives added strength to the mounting. The shackles are vertical when the suspension is unloaded. The shackle reinforcement will not hit the frame with the spring straight. In the drivers side shackle picture you will notice the inner-fender has the paint rubbed off. The paint was removed by the tire after the double wrapped spring bent at 90 allowing the tire to move back about 3 1/2" inches. And that's why I did all of this!

Here are the home made shackles. They are 4 1/4" ctr. to ctr. That provides 1 5/8" additional lift.

Springs are installed. Notice the brace visible under the bumper. Needed support for the 4" hanger spacers.

Here is the passenger shackle installed. The shackle is vertical when the weight is off the suspension.

Here is the drivers side shackle installed. (the run on the inner-fender is from the tire when the orig spring bent)

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Copyright Richard N. Meagley Sr.
Last revised: May 25, 2007.