Question CJ-7 Original Shackles and new lift kit 

Old 03-10-2020, 04:48 PM   #1
TominMD is offline
TominMD
New Jeeper
Vehicle(s): '77 CJ7, 258 (from an '84, remanufactured), T18 (to be confirmed), D30 (to be confirmed), diffs - stock (to be confirmed). Daily driver - 2011 Grand Cherokee Limited w/Hemi.
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Maryland Eastern Shore
Age: 66
Posts: 15
Thanks: 9
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 0 TominMD is on a distinguished road
I'm planning to install a Skyjacker 2.5" lift kit on my 1977 CJ-7. The vehicle has the original suspension (leaf springs and shackles), although the tires had been upgraded to 33x12.5x15 by the PO. I haven't taken the vehicle into any serious off-road situation but feel certain that the tires will drag in the wheel wells with any serious articulation. Hence the reason for the lift kit. Additionally, the vehicle leans to the passenger side at the rear seeming to point to a leaf spring failure, but then they are 43-year old original equipment.

Inspecting the shackles I noticed that the bolts used in each OEM shackle seem to be pressed in or welded to the shackle. The nut is clearly visible on one end but there doesn't appear to be a hex head on the end of the shackle bolt. Has anyone seen this situation on old CJs? I had considered replacing the original shackles but was also trying to keep the cost of this upgrade down and figured I would just replace the shackles at a later point. The replacement stock-length shackles I was considering were the new greasable type and cost $200 per pair.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

 

Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!Stumble this Post!
Reply With Quote


Register for a free membership and remove this add!
Vote for Jeep-CJ.com daily!
Vote for Jeep-CJ.com

Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
cj-7 , kit , lift , original , shackles


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Jeep CJ-5 original suspension lift kit Tolu Suspension and Steering 8 12-27-2018 12:39 PM
Lift shackles mikemrq Suspension and Steering 4 11-06-2012 01:31 PM
CJ5 Lift - Shackles / Lift Kits? IrmoDog Suspension and Steering 9 02-07-2010 02:06 PM
Lift shackles seanmnew Suspension and Steering 27 10-25-2009 08:04 AM
lift shackles gone dalefan88 Suspension and Steering 12 02-10-2009 10:05 PM


Vote for Jeep-CJ.com