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Old 07-25-2012, 02:42 PM
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Front axle shackles

On older trucks, 4 wheel drive trucks and 60's style gassers with tube axles with paralle leaf springs is there a rule of thumb that applys to where the shackles are on the front leaf springs depending on where the steering box is located , in front of the axle or behind the axle ?
example if the steering box is foward of the axle center line do the leaf spring shackles have to be on the back end of the spring?
Steering box pitman arm and drag link will steer to the left front wheel.
Does any of this make sense ?????
Gene
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I'd say rear but i may be wrong. What are you trying to do?
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If I put a power steering box in my 57 Chevy pickup and mount it ahead of the axle and steer to the left front wheel can I leave the shackles at the front of the spring ?
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As a rule of thumb, you want the fixed end of the spring the same as the steering box. Not all of them are built that way, but if it was me, I would do it that way.
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