i got the shackles yesterday, and i just go ahead install it today in the morning, after 4 hours of i had it all done! i can't be any happier cuz the rear end is even to the front end now.
this is done on the 2002 blazer, i am pretty sure that it can be done a bit different way, espically with pick-up.
NOTE- spray oil on your bushing few time before you change shackles
NOTE- i found out that its not worth it trying to remove the exhaust and body parts tempopary, BUT if you think doing this will help, fine go ahead, good luck.
heres what you will need for a shackle install clicky clicky clicky ( you will need 13/16 and 7/8 inch socket and wrench)
this is the shackles i am installing
gotta find a nice, flat area to work on, hint- good idea to try to find a place to work on it, know that where it will be wont be in way in future if you failed to get the bolts out later- parked in garage
i have its rear tires on the ramp to bring the rear end up ramp
VERY IMPORTANT- Block the front tires to prevent from it falling off the jack stand
put your trustworthy jack stands on front spring eyes
i used the wood block to lift the rear end off the ramps
after the ramps removed, i get my jack under the U-bolts to bring the axle up to push the shackles back- which to clears the gas tank for bolt slide out- clicky
heres a bit tricky part, i just needed to use wrench to get the nut loose (leave the nut on to hammer on), then i use that big breaker socket to turn the bolt (not nut) several turns (keep turning till it get less effort to turn the bolt) to loose it up (it did the trick), then just start pounding it out. BUT if you want, you can just get the top bolts off first. then you can lower the shackle to clear the muffler and body parts to swing the hammer on it. clicky
other way it can be done is to do this, closer look, on the pass side to get past the exhaust and pounding the clamp like in the photo, it worked like a charm, but to make sure you is using a old clamp that you don't care to destroy like i did to this, and it isn't straight any more
this is a bit of PITA to get bolts out, and new in also on drivers side, just be patience another
after you removed the old shackle, you will go pretty fast put the new one on, then use all muscle you got to tighten it (impact socket gun is too big to fit in to use it) right side all done, but looks at how different from the stock side on left
oh man, this looks so ugly compare to this
34 1/2 INCH from floor to top of the flares
3 feet from ground to top of the flares
hope this help!
Edited by TrailTamer, 12 April 2009 - 10:08 AM.