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Shackles or Blocks?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by awlafleur, Sep 3, 2019.

  1. Sep 3, 2019 at 4:23 AM
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    awlafleur

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    Leveling spacer in front
    Goal is to get +2 in rear with stock shocks if possible. Minimal off-road, minimal towing...which would be better option cost and long run?
     
  2. Sep 3, 2019 at 4:36 AM
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    I vote shackles for sure.
     
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  3. Sep 3, 2019 at 5:21 AM
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    X2 shackles. The ride is smooth and less bed bounce.
     
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  4. Sep 3, 2019 at 6:00 AM
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    I've had both and shackles are smoother
     
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  5. Sep 3, 2019 at 6:03 AM
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    I also vote for shackles. They’ll help get the height you want and a better ride.
     
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  6. Sep 3, 2019 at 6:38 AM
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    Shackles!!!!
     
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  7. Sep 3, 2019 at 6:59 AM
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    Shackles with poly bushings!
     
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  9. Sep 3, 2019 at 7:35 AM
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    Just note that you are not going to get the full 2 inches out of +2 or +3 shackles. Even if you go with the toy tech adjustable. It seems that you get about half the longer length of the shackle. So if it’s 2 inches longer it will give you about an inch of lift. 3 inches longer gives you about an inch and a half.
     
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  10. Sep 3, 2019 at 7:36 AM
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    I’d only use small blocks with leaf springs like atlas, icon, etc. Less likely to have axle wrap...go shackles.
     
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  11. Sep 3, 2019 at 7:39 AM
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    I think the most important thing is what @15Yota pointed out. Blocks induce axle wrap so shackles fosho.
     
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  12. Sep 3, 2019 at 9:28 AM
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    Shackles plus a tough country add a leaf. The tough country will get you about an 1.5” and is under $100. That’s what I had on my old truck plus coachbuilder #2’s. Center hub to rear fender was at 26.75”.
     
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  13. Sep 3, 2019 at 9:30 AM
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    +1 for shackles. I have a brand new set of coach builder shackles (+2) if interested. Still in the box and wrapped in packaging. Comes with bushings and all hardware.

    I can give you a smoking deal since they won’t be used anytime soon.
     
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  14. Sep 3, 2019 at 9:41 AM
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  16. Sep 3, 2019 at 9:57 AM
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    Shackles! Super easy to install. I went with Toytecs
     
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    All the usual stuff!
    Neither!! Add a leaf, way better, and you will blow out your rear shocks.
     
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  18. Sep 3, 2019 at 10:26 AM
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    The Toytec shackles at highest setting will get you 1.5". I used them with AAL.
     
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    I've got the 1.5" version on the way. I will use the brake line adapter kit from Toytec and possibly AAL.
     
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  20. Sep 9, 2019 at 12:21 PM
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    Appreciate all the feedback...was thinking about a 3/2 lift but parked next to a 3rd Gen Tundra with a 6” lift and thought that is really the height I am looking for. Is there any way to get a 6” lift front and rear without blocks in the rear?
     
  21. Sep 9, 2019 at 1:44 PM
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    Rear would be shackles and springs. Some one else can weigh in on the front :)
     
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    How do shackles ride smoother than blocks?
     
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  23. Sep 11, 2019 at 12:38 AM
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    Maybe someone else more knowledgeable can chime i here if I miss this, but I’m pretty sure shackles also include poly bushings for the leafs, and those bushings are the big difference. They are way better bushings than the OEM leaf bushings so you get the ride quality gains from that.
     
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  24. Sep 11, 2019 at 12:42 AM
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    From what I’ve seen in other threads BDS makes a quality lift if you’re okay with a little cutting (only applicable to 4x4s)...and apparently rough country doesn’t require cutting, but I haven’t seen a lot of praise for it.

    I’m not the expert though, I went with a 3/1.5
     
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  25. Sep 11, 2019 at 4:59 AM
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    The factory shackles are splined, and don’t move freely. If you replace the shackles, you have to replace the bushings at the same time so the splines don’t eat up the shackles. Then the shackles can float, and movement is free in the rear end.
     
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  26. Sep 16, 2019 at 11:37 AM
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    Did you retain factory rear shocks or upgrade?
     
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  27. Sep 16, 2019 at 11:42 AM
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