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Terra-Flex shackles w/Dakkar suspension

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by Diesel42, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. Diesel42

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    Does anyone have experience with this setup. Been researching these shackles(these are the one's that both scissor and revolve), haven't read anything bad. Wondering if they would work good w/Dakkar springs. Thanks in advance.
     
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    Don't see what the difference would be. Aren't they just like normal springs but flat in the perch mount area?
     
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    I've heard nothing good about TF shackles on a 40 from my friends at W*o*R. In fact one of them just went back to a stock style plate shackle (extended) because the TF's did absolutely no good on his rig.
     
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    A friend of mine with a 1978 CJ5 has had them on his truck now for atleast 7 years and he loves them, we've gone wheeling together and they seemed to work fine..
     
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    I think that the main gripe I've seen about those sorts of shackle is that they have a tendency to open up under downhill braking making for a very odd and possibly dangerous situation.

    I know that I've seen several people post about trying them and going back to what they had previously.

    But if you have a friend with a CJ5 and he loves them then why ask us? There's nothing unusual about Dakkar springs other than their good quality and design:)
     
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    I don't have a friend with a CJ-5, that was Relix. I called Terra-Flex to inquire about there scissor/revolving shackle. They advertise they make one for the FJ40 series, yet it has a 1/2" shackles bolt. I told them that the Fj40 uses a 5/8" bolt up to 1979 then went to a 18mm through 1984. They provide bushings and bolt for the lighter jeep. Don't think they realize the LC's are much heavier. So he said i would have to get my own bolts and come up with my own bushings. Never mind i replied, not interested in there product if there engineers don't know the differences between Jeeps and Landcruisers. I was surpised at my converstaion with them.
     
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    I had a friend on a light sideway incline and it dumped his truck on its side because the revolver / scissor shackles unloaded. I wouldn't touch them with a two foot stick, if you asked me..
     
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    theMule has some good 2" over stocks coming out soon. I can't wait to pick up a set :D
     
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    I have Revolvers on my SOA 40 and am thinking about taking them off and trying a set of homeade shackles in order to see if they are all they are cracked up to be. For serious wheeling and gnarly terrain they might be a liability, for deep rutted roads or stream crossings they were a plus when I still ran SUA w/32" tires. I also reversed the front shackles and that added a little more stability, I don't know if I would run them with a front shackle in stock position.

    If you encounter a sharp, sudden change of vehicle inertia front to back or vice versa there is a lot of unloading and weird behavior and although there is articulation, there doesn't seem to be much weight on the drooping tire.

    I would say the benefits are much less and maybe more likely to be detriments if you are SOA and over 35" tires, until that there is noticeable benefit IMO
     
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    I've thought about running something similar on my SUA 40, however, if I did, I think I would incorporate winches or some system to compress the rear on downhills and the front on uphills.
     
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    Haystax-that's the info i was looking for and that i suspected. Appreciate all the responses. BTW- so much for going w/ the Dakkar springs as i was informed today that they apparently don't have a 4" lift spring. So i'll be gettin the HFS 4" system w,1-1/2" barbell shackles.
     
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    I have a home made terra flex type shackle that the PO put on my 40. I have no complaints and I have done some off camber stuff that made my but pucker. I drive it on the street also it has never given me any problems aloth I make sure to not take any corners to fast.

    BTW I am SOA with stock springs.
    ROTW 40 series 105.jpg ROTW 40 series 106.jpg
     
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    those appear to be different than TF shackles. Those will flex into the frame faster than away from what i see..TF shackles referred to in this post will just straight unload their weight to another area of the suspention :eek: and that isn't good when you're shifting a part of your vehicle around on pavement (sharp curve at medium/high speed, sudden braking, etc). I won't go near em. Yours look like a slightly safer design but I still will stick to regular shackles!
     
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