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Old 12-17-2007, 06:47 PM
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Shackle guestion

Hey i puting a 1940s front drop axle in my 1948 ford f-1 which is siting on a 1981 ford f-150 frame and i was wondering does it matter if you have the shackels at the front of the axle are the rear cause you have run a shackle right?

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Old 12-17-2007, 06:58 PM
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If I am understanding you correctly you want to put the shackles to the rear which is the correct way because if they were in the front of the front axle you would get alot of bump steer which makes the vehicle hard to control and would cause it to jump around alot while driving.

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Old 12-17-2007, 07:00 PM
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no i ment like the front axle to the front of the leaf but you answered my guestion and thers a few in my album not down yet as you can tell lol
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My son and I install a lot of lift kits on 4X4,s with factory straight front axles. I am not sure what the difference is but they come both ways from the factory.I would imagine your frame kicks up in the front making it easier to put the shackles in front to keep the caster correct.
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yah thats exactly why goes it'll make the axle level as well
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You have a great start to a great truck, I like the straight axle myself but I was wondering why you went back to it instead of just using the ford F100 setup which may have given you a better ride and handle better with out all the change back. And I would recommend if possible to get a disk brake conversion for the front when you can.

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Old 12-17-2007, 07:20 PM
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Thanks and the 81 frame axle was to wide for the tires to fit in the fenders and the disk brake off the 81 bolted right to the internatnal axle and just used chevy calipers and made a mount for them
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No disrespect meant,I think he is doing great for his age but I don,t think he was capable of narrowing the twin I beam.
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:33 PM
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hey thanks i was going to narrow the i beams but its alot more work to do it cause i'm also lowering it and there wasn't the clearance and the drop axle it a really easy swap lol I have a job doing mechanic stuff and fabricating stuff with my buddy and we also do the 4x4 racing we have a 1978 ford fullsize bronco with a 1984 ranger cab and front clip on it with the exo cage and inner roll cage it has a 302 in it with comp cam 351 heads flat top pistons bored out 30 over edelbrake intake with holley 4 barrow duble pumper and the best part 150 shot of nitrous
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