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Shackle reversal

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by zach1972fj40, Feb 3, 2003.

  1. zach1972fj40

    zach1972fj40

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    Hey guys,

    I've got a 72' fj40 and have been reading about the shackle reversal kits. what good do they do for a non SOA cruiser. Where can i buy a kit or do I have to make one.

    Thanks, Zach
     
  2. Slowerthanu

    Slowerthanu SILVER Star

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    It provides many advantages, mainly in handling. I have experianced improved steering, improved ride and improved wheeling Characteristics. You can get them at most of the Cruiser specialty shops, or you can make your own (I had this done).

    Check out Woody's Tech links for all the info and pictures you will ever need on shackle reversals (And donate some money to birfield.com while your at it) :)
     
  3. Pin_Head

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    I have driven both and I can't tell the difference in handling. YMMV
     
  4. woody

    woody Internet Fireman Staff Member

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    improved handling is minimal...usually, when doing the reversal, you are replacing spring bushings and such too....and you usually discover any steering looseness and address that as well. Those improvements alone make a big difference in handling/ride.

    Most reversal designs are "boulder finders" as well, since the bracketry hangs quite a ways down/ahead of the front frame. Additionally, you must run longer rear shackles, which worsens your ride.
     
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    Woody, Does the reversal have the same problems on the fj62 ?
     
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    woody Internet Fireman Staff Member

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    honestly, not sure....little experience with the 62 stuff. My guess is it would be similar since the suspensions are much the same.