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Old 01-19-2012, 05:04 PM
FFBill FFBill is offline
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So my 2000 Ford Ranger has a broken rear leaf spring shackle. It's rusted to hell and it finally snapped.

By driving it around will I be doing any damage?
I'm not hauling or carrying any payload. It's only a DD am has a fiberglass cap on it.

And how easy is this to replace?
Should I do both?
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:03 PM
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So my 2000 Ford Ranger has a broken rear leaf spring shackle. It's rusted to hell and it finally snapped.

By driving it around will I be doing any damage?
I'm not hauling or carrying any payload. It's only a DD am has a fiberglass cap on it.

And how easy is this to replace?
Should I do both?
No you should not just drive it around. You can end up jamming your spring/shackle up through the bottom of your bed.. I don't think its not too bad, I believe 2 bolts.. check with djfllmn. He upgraded to belltech lift shackles so he can definately tell you how to do it..
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Also, if you're driving around in 4wd "because it is winter", you're in an idiot. It should only be engaged in conditions that warrant the extra drive traction. Using 4wd on dry pavement WILL wreck your shit.
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:07 PM
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No you should not just drive it around. You can end up jamming your spring/shackle up through the bottom of your bed.. I don't think its not too bad, I believe 2 bolts.. check with djfllmn. He upgraded to belltech lift shackles so he can definately tell you how to do it..
Very good. Thank you sir!
Yeah I know it will jam up just wasn't sure how safe it was -___-
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:29 PM
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You can get new shackles at pepboys/autozone/Ect.
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:40 PM
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You might want to look at your other side and both of your rear hangers too. They might be close to being shot as well. You can get hangars at a parts store as well but the hanger is a lot more work and will require a grinder and a 3/8" drill bit to bore out the center of the rivet so you can knock them out of the frame.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:39 PM
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You might want to look at your other side and both of your rear hangers too. They might be close to being shot as well. You can get hangars at a parts store as well but the hanger is a lot more work and will require a grinder and a 3/8" drill bit to bore out the center of the rivet so you can knock them out of the frame.
Boo. That sounds like crap. -_____- my semester just started yesterday too so I'll barley have time to do this on my own.

But yeah I looked at the other shackle and it looks fine. Not all shredded like the ds.

I'm ready to throw this truck cause it's just giving me hell now.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:21 PM
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Pain yes, but still cheaper than a new payment. Just my $.02
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:21 PM
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Pain yes, but still cheaper than a new payment. Just my $.02
Agreed. Just can't wait to be done with college this semester get my nursing license and rake in the big bucks. Then it's off to a brand new F350 and a rebuild of the Ranger
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:45 PM
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I know I will probably get yelled at for saying this but I drove my truck with a broken shackle on the passenger side for probably about 6 weeks. Being a maintenance guy for 100 rental units, I have 5 toolboxes and a ladder that are in my truck and go everywhere with me monday thru friday. Only slightly dented the bottom of the bed didn't puncture. My drivers side was fine compared to my passenger side. But I did both just cause i was taught if you do something to one side of a vehicle you should do it to the other. PITA but the parts were only 40 bucks. Still had money leftover for some brewskis
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Old 01-22-2012, 04:36 AM
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I wouldn't drive it woth a broken shackle. Its cheap and easy to replace. Not replacing it can not only damage the bed but if you do loose that entire leaf you loose the axle as well. Remember that is what physically holds the axle in place.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:09 AM
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I had the middle leaf on the passenger side snap off a few years ago. I got a used one from the junk yard and replaced just that side. I don't remember it to be very difficult.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:16 AM
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That shackle is super easy to change by yourself. only took me n my dad two hours and a couple beers to disassemble n reassemble.

edit: might as well get new bolts if the old ones are rusted.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:45 AM
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You might want to look at your other side and both of your rear hangers too. They might be close to being shot as well. You can get hangars at a parts store as well but the hanger is a lot more work and will require a grinder and a 3/8" drill bit to bore out the center of the rivet so you can knock them out of the frame.
This^^
3 out of the 4 leaf spring hanger brackets were pretty rusty on mine, so I went ahead and replaced all 4 brackets, rear shackles, leaf spring bushings, 2 parking brake cables, and my rear shocks.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:56 PM
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:49 PM
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Default Re: Leaf springs

currently working on 4 brackets on my ranger, how did you get the bushings out? And what about the bolt and cables attached to the front braket, I have ordered all new shackels and hangers (bushings too I think) and we have 3 off already, anything you can advise us of?
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