I've been in the process of replacing my spring bushings when I discovered that my front spring shackles are in sad shape. One is bent and the bolt holes are worn so the bushing sleeve slides. The problem I'm having is trying to figure out what front shackle did SMB use on my van. I searched the forum and found discussions on the rear shackle but not the front. I also tried calling SMB West (where my van was built) but no one seems to be answering the phone. Tried my local Ford dealer where the parts guy said,"no problem that is a common ford shackle" so I ordered two but they aren't the same ones. The Ford ones have a 5/8" bolt hole and are much thinner steel and my originals have a 9/16" bolt hole. If anyone replaced the front shackles and could offer up a part number that would be most helpful?
I figure this is a pretty typical 2005 SMB setup. Just a note -these are Deaver springs installed at Deaver in Santa Ana in 2010, but the original shackles.
Original and the wrong one just to compare.
Any help is appreciated