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Old 02-11-2020, 09:55 AM   #1
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Hi,

can someone recommend of a bolt on shekel reverse kit for 81 cj 7?

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Old 02-11-2020, 01:42 PM   #2
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Mountain Off Road makes some great products.

 

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Old 02-12-2020, 01:39 PM   #3
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Why do you want to do a shackle reversal? Although there are some pros to doing this, there are a lot of cons also. Depends on what you are going to do with your Jeep.
Here is a YouTube video that I found that I think explains both sides of the debate.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36TOhm3aB-c
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Old 02-12-2020, 03:33 PM   #4
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I looked at a reversal kit when I swapped my axles. Chose a Daveís unlimited kit that kept the shackles in front. Talking to Dave he said that yes the ride is a bit better but off road itís not as aggressive and emergency braking is scary since the front axle wants to slide back and nose dive occurs.

 

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Old 02-13-2020, 12:41 PM   #5
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Good video. I was considering the options on this myself awhile back in preparation for a swap.

The t-case damage risk is something I've not really noticed being mentioned before. That alone is enough of a discouragement, let alone the braking dive.

Dave's seems to be one of the only kit manufacturers that seems to discourage it...most of the others seem to regard reversal as a forgone conclusion based on their kit designs.

I've also not seen any specifics addressing how to calculate correct driveshaft length to prevent t-case damage. M.O.R.E.'s directions for their kit specifically mentions contacting Woods directly...maybe they walk you through it.

 

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Old 02-13-2020, 06:36 PM   #6
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Iv'e delt with Tom Woods before. They are top notch when it comes to driveshafts. I'm not a big fan of the shackle reversal for many reasons, but if you do decide to go with a reversal, you can get a driveshaft made with longer slip yoke splines to allow for the front axle moving backward during compression. I have a double cardan rear shaft on my 79 CJ7. I went with the longer splines to allow for more travel due to suspension modifications.
The folks at Tom Woods are very helpful, and will take the time to talk you through whatever you decide to do.
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