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Coachbuilder Shackles Etc...

Discussion in 'Ekstrom Design' started by TruckyTruck, Jul 23, 2014.

  1. Jul 23, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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    I am collecting parts for my mid-travel setup. David Ekstrom, owner of Ekstrom Design, makes several pretty quality things for our trucks. He goes by Coachbuilder on other forums and maybe we will have him here one day. Im just a happy customer and passing the info to you guys.

    Instead of blocks or an add-a-leaf, you can get pretty nice shackles. A lot of you probably know what shackles are, but if you don't, they are the part that goes in between your rear leaf springs and frame. I bought his +3's, which actually give between 1.5 and 1.75 inches of rear lift. Also I picked up polyurethane bushings and half inch strut shims. He sends you a carrier bearing drop kit with the shackles too. The shackles and poly bushings get rid of our trucks bead bounce and solidifies the rear end ride quality.

    I plan on doing 3.5 inches of lift for the front and decided to use half inch shims with coilovers. I didn't want to have to crank the coilovers up all the way and loose ride quality. Anyway, here are some pics. Some beefy shackles!

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  2. Jul 23, 2014 at 4:06 PM
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    Beefy is right holly crap! Shackles are a better option than blocks imo and are cheaper than a new leaf pack. If you dont mind how much do they run?
     
  3. Jul 23, 2014 at 4:11 PM
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    The shackles, bushings and carrier bearing drop was 250 and the shims were 15 per shim. Shackles alone were 195. Shipping was included and shims and shackles were powder coated.
     
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    Can't beat that, I was just looking at his stuff very impressive for sure.
     
  5. Jul 23, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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    Yeah I looked at all the options for rear lift and this was the best I've found. If I'm going to change the factory suspension, I felt like I wanted something solid.
     
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    Sounds like we are trying to accomplish about the same thing as far as lift goes. will look into these when its time for sure. My other thought was to go with the 3 leaf progressive pack from ICON.
     
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  7. Jul 23, 2014 at 4:44 PM
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    I looked at that too. I almost went with the icon pack, but decided if I ever get a wild hair to lift with the zone 5 inch, I would already have shackles and could just add the icon pack for a full 3 inches in the rear. After reading about bed bounce and the improved ride with the bushings I figured I'd do this. Plus I wanted a less body roll without a sway bar. I like the icon pack though. It's the only other way I would go.
     
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    Interested in hearing if it does infact cure the bed bounce.....so hurry up and install them already ! Haha
     
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    That's what everyone says, but I can't wait to see for myself!
     
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    I have priced out a set of these with David. Great guy, runs them himself and has tons of information about set-ups for our trucks. I will definately be going this way when I do a lift!
     
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    Yeah I left him a message and 5 minutes later he called and spent about a half hour talking about the shackles and the best ways to go with lifting the truck. Good guy
     
  12. Jul 23, 2014 at 10:34 PM
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    I am between these and new full leaf packs from Alcan. Let us know how these are after you install.
     
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    I sure will. It may be a bit though. I've been going back and forth on different coilovers. It is looking like a set of kings will be what I go with, but I'm just going to wait a bit longer for Sean to find out what's going on over at toytec.
     
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    Any update? I have looked at the CB+3 shackles versus the RL 2" block kit. let us know. Thanks. Jedi
     
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    Shackles are the best way to go in my opinion. No chance of axle wrap and these with poly bushings are supposed to almost eliminate bed bounce. I haven't done the install yet because I'm debating between coilovers.
     
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    Sorry in advance. Axle wrap?
     
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