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Old 07-30-2009, 09:04 PM
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Shackle Leveling Kit Install How-to??

Anyone got a guide on how to install a front leveling kit?

The shackle type off ebay?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=33585

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Anyone got a guide on how to install a front leveling kit?

The shackle type off ebay?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=33585

Thanks all.
That is the one I have. It's pretty straight forward. You unbolt the rear shackle on the front spring, Jack the truck up, fit the new one in, you may need a bottle jack to line it up. Then put the bolts back in. It also comes with directions in the box, if I remember correctly.
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I got the box.. but no directions.. darn
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Yeah, the shackles are the inexpensive parts at $50, the directions cost another $300.00, if you want them included.

Its pretty straight forward Andrew, no problems when I did mine (yes, I have the same kit).

Ohh, wait, Have a ratchet strap handy. After you get the first side done, when you remove the bolt for the second side, the spring will want to move out of line a little and youll need the ratchet strap to pull it back into place.
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I used a porta power now that I think about it. I didn't want to volunteer you Brandon to help him out without checking with you first.

Brandon is very good at walking you through it. I am not neqrly as good at remembering all the details like he is Andrew.
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Here are some pics of them with the comparrison between the old ones and the new.







The new one is so much beefier. Nice pieces for the money for sure.
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and here is what the finished job will look like

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I got the same kit also Andrew, just be careful when unbolting, those springs are under alot of load, use the bottle jack or strap like the guys mentioned to relieve the tension and to line the holes back up when you put the new shackle in.. Jacking just the body up on the front end helps alot.
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How is the ride with those Vs add-a-spring types?
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Installed.. pics to come..

The spring is bent backwards tho.. it now longer has a Shallow U shape.. It is bent slightly past horizontal..

Is this normal?

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Installed.. pics to come..

The spring is bent backwards tho.. it now longer has a Shallow U shape.. It is bent slightly past horizontal..

Is this normal?

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Mine does a bit, yes. O yea, congrats.
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Alright.. I got some pics for everyone..

These were sanderson welding shackles..

However. They were about an 1/8 too narrow so some bending was required to make them fit. Anyone else have this problem?

All and all it really sucked installing these. But I am very happy with them..

Ohh.. and one of the springs flexed in and that was really sucky to find a way to bend it out. One skid steer fork through the wall of my shop later we got it working. ugh...

Here are some pics.

Before.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3779616372/" title="Before by shady0667, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3088/3779616372_0bf8c25dd9.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Before" /></a>

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<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3779617212/" title="After by shady0667, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2578/3779617212_acae77b965.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="After" /></a>

Really improves the look of the truck. And I know understand why I need a lift. The truck looked mean when it was sitting all jacked up...

Enjoy!
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Looks good, hows the ride??
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Looks good, hows the ride??
I think it's a little rougher but it might be Missouri's great roads!
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Andrew,your dad is SO going to take your truck from you,LOL.

Does it ride as rough as my truck with a lift?
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