Re: busted leaf spring shackle.
I just finished replacing the hangers and shackles on my 2001 Ranger. Taking off the bed was the best thing, it made the job easier. This also gave me a chance to clean up all the rust and undercoat the bottom of the bed.
2001 Ford Ranger with the flare sides. 4x4 with a 4.0 engine. The only thing I did so far is: F/R Brakes, rotors, drums, F/R shocks, tires, bed cap, cone filter, hanger/shackles, F/P wheel bearing, upper control arm, lower ball joint, filler neck, fuel filter and DPFE sensor, muffler, sway bar links and spark plugs!