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Old 05-02-2021, 12:52 PM   #1
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I had some field repair fun this weekend when I somehow managed to break a rear spring shackle while out on the trail. I used a bottle jack to push the axle down, and then bolted in an old tow strap of mine to replace the shackle. Got me home! The old shackle pieces showed some corrosion in the cracked area, so I suspect it had been cracked for a long time, just waiting to fail on me somewhere inconvenient.


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Nice MacGyver-ing.

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geoffff, wasn't it you who also used a tow strap and ratchet strap on the FE leaf pack a couple years ago?
In any case, that account prompted me to carry a couple as well - scenario made prefect sense when it was explained back then, & they are very versatile. Hope I never need them, but instills confidence seeing how you rigged your solution. Well done.
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geoffff, wasn't it you who also used a tow strap and ratchet strap on the FE leaf pack a couple years ago?
In any case, that account prompted me to carry a couple as well - scenario made prefect sense when it was explained back then, & they are very versatile. Hope I never need them, but instills confidence seeing how you rigged your solution. Well done.
Yep I've used ratchet straps to "fix" my front leaf spring pack ...



... and also to hold my slipping tie rod together

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Nice fix!

Related.... that's one reason I went with Sulastic shackles. Besides taking the harshness out of expansion joints and other small bumps, they're far more robust than the stock shackles.

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Old 05-03-2021, 08:54 AM   #6
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Nice work! I also thought it was you that broke a rear shackle in Canyonlands(?) a few years ago (must have been someone else). After reading that post I had Deaver replace mine when I had them give the rear spring pack they had built for me years ago some love. I also carry a cheap Dorman shackle in the van basement. Shackles are also on my list of items to give a visual to every now and then.

I like learning from others. Glad you were able to make it out OK.
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I had a guy on an ATV drive come by while I was working on my broken shackle - he told me he'd been an auto mechanic for 35 years and had never seen a broken shackle.



Guess I'm doing something wrong. (Or right.)
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that's one reason I went with Sulastic shackles. Besides taking the harshness out of expansion joints and other small bumps, they're far more robust than the stock shackles.
Hi carringb, do you run these on the front leafs (if you have them)? Or just the back?

A quick read up on these shows that most people like them for the less jittery ride when their trucks are unloaded. My van is never unloaded, and generally I just don't notice what my rear end is doing -- as it's the front end I'm sitting on.


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Hi carringb, do you run these on the front leafs (if you have them)? Or just the back?

A quick read up on these shows that most people like them for the less jittery ride when their trucks are unloaded. My van is never unloaded, and generally I just don't notice what my rear end is doing -- as it's the front end I'm sitting on.


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I think it's a sign of old age when you just don't notice what your rear end is doing.

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