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HI GUYS +BBB,I!VE got a 71 ranchero,it"s got skinny 215x14 on the rears.would mr.gasket adjustable shackles work? .the 71 rancheros got the smallest wheelwells of all ranchero models,so i"m scuppered from puttin on a decent set of wide rear rims? ..phil

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Of all the ways to raise an axle on parallel leaf springs, long shackles is my least favorite. The further the ends of the springs get from the frame, the less stable the suspension gets (sideways flop.) Also, I think they look a little hokey. I prefer riser blocks between the axle and spring or extending the frame mounting points. If the axle is mounted on the top of the spring, you can get 4" or 5" by moving it to the bottom of the spring.
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THANKS WILLYS36,IT LOOKS LIKE I"LL HAVE TO GO WITH AIR SHOCKS THEN! REPOSITIONING THE AXLES TO BIG A JOB OUTSIDE IN THE STREET (ESPECIALLY IN THE WEATHER WE GOT NOW)FREEZIN + PISSIN DOWN!
THANKS AGAIN WILLYS36...PHIL
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I believe that Mr. Willys36 has very valid suggestion and advise!!
Use the blocks if moving the axle is out of the picture!!
(For you poor dukes that live in the cold climates!! And can't go outside and play at being a shade tree "mechic"!)
You're only talking about four bolts ("U"s at that). <img src="graemlins/mwink.gif" border="0" alt="[mwink]" />
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