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Ground Force 2" Drop Shackles installed on 2011 H.D.

 
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Ground Force 2" Drop Shackles installed on 2011 H.D.

So after 3hr of getting the old shackles out and the new drop shackles installed and a few snags alone the way. Did not need to install shims and no drive line vibration.

Here is how she sits: Sorry the pic isn't very good, the sun had already went down so you can really see the gaps between the tire and fender. Will get some better pics after washing her today.



Here is some comparison pics:

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3hrs for a shackle install?

Looks good tho!
 
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Originally Posted by Patman View Post
3hrs for a shackle install?

Looks good tho!
Dont time bandit/judge me lol.

Ohhhkay it was more like 2 1/2 haha but we ran into a problem with removing the old shackles. Apparently Ford ran the bolts weird and we had a problem getting the bolt removed from the eye hole.
 
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Yah you have to lower the truck or lift the axle to clear the bolt over the frame
 
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Yah you have to lower the truck or lift the axle to clear the bolt over the frame
Quick question patman since you are a lowering guru. We ended up running both the bolts into the shackle the same way opposed to how it was from factory where as one bolt went in one way and the other the other way. Is that okay or should we change it back to how it was? Not sure if that even made any sense.
 
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That looks awesome!!!

Something the grim reaper would ride in haha murdered out
 
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It does look pretty good! Any way you can post before and after pics together for comparison?
 
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You should put the shims in anyway. If you load down the bed the vibration could show up.
 
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Originally Posted by Pockets View Post
That looks awesome!!!

Something the grim reaper would ride in haha murdered out
Lol thanks man

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It does look pretty good! Any way you can post before and after pics together for comparison?
Yeah, I'm gonna take a better pic today and Ill get it posted little later tonight.

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You should put the shims in anyway. If you load down the bed the vibration could show up.
Would loading down the bed change the angle of the drive line? May sound like a stupid question and maybe an obvious answer but dont really know much about suspension.
 
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Would loading down the bed change the angle of the drive line? May sound like a stupid question and maybe an obvious answer but don't really know much about suspension.
Absolutely, just think about it this way, your engine/transmission is mounted to your frame and your rear axle is a separate part that can move up and down in relation to the frame. Now imagine the drive shaft connecting the two... you wont get much forward to backward movement but up and down you sure will.
 
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Originally Posted by Pockets View Post
Absolutely, just think about it this way, your engine/transmission is mounted to your frame and your rear axle is a separate part that can move up and down in relation to the frame. Now imagine the drive shaft connecting the two... you wont get much forward to backward movement but up and down you sure will.
Cool, thanks. You learn something new everyday.
 
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Comparison pics added
 
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Originally Posted by AKAO1029 View Post
Quick question patman since you are a lowering guru. We ended up running both the bolts into the shackle the same way opposed to how it was from factory where as one bolt went in one way and the other the other way. Is that okay or should we change it back to how it was? Not sure if that even made any sense.
The bolts don't matter which way they go. They have the "locking" side towards the frame, and then you just drive the outside of the bolt/nut
 
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Looks great!
 
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Originally Posted by Patman View Post
The bolts don't matter which way they go. They have the "locking" side towards the frame, and then you just drive the outside of the bolt/nut
Thank you sir

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Looks great!
Thanks man
 

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