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Old 04-26-2010, 04:45 AM
dixie_boysles dixie_boysles is offline
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Default Funfilled Saturday replacing shackles on ranger_1999's truck!

Dustin met me up here in Mount Airy Saturday morning so we could replace his rear shackles. He got up here about 8:00 and we got breaksfast and went to the shop we were going to do this at. We got started about 10ish-10:30. We we started by seein if we could do it without removing bed, but realized it would be ALOT easier if we did remove it! At we got the leafs unbolted from the shackles and seen that there was alot of tension on the leafs. we tried jacking the frame up like the How To says but could not get it high enough to seperate the leafs from the shackles. Finally, my buddy who owns the shop said "Guys I have a 2-ton lift that rolls over the truck, you can just hook it to the frame and lift the whole ass end of the truck up. So we did that and it made things much easier, not to mention safer. We got all the bolts out of the leafs to where we were left with the hanger and then i went to twon with the grinder getting rid of rivets. put the new ones on and put it all back together! I think we did a great job considering it was our first time doing this. Afterwards, we treaded ourselves to a nice huge burger from chilies!

btw, this is his truck:

2006 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4x4
Clarion CX501 Double Din | 265/70/17 BFG A/T | Remote Start | Tinted Windows | TRD Exhaust | TRD CAI |4.0 V6 |Tow Package | Titanium Metallic
SOLD: 2006 Ranger XLT Supercab 4x4 | The "Original Mr. Clean"
Yes I drive a Toyota 4Runner now, Yes this is a Ranger forum, get over it, the Ranger couldn't fit my child, but I do miss it.

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Old 04-26-2010, 01:42 PM
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Default Re: Funfilled Saturday replacing shackles on ranger_1999's truck!

I just did this same thing this past week myself. Didnt take the bed off and had both sides replaced in less than 3 hours
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:01 PM
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Default Re: Funfilled Saturday replacing shackles on ranger_1999's truck!

Originally Posted by Mark98xlt View Post
why did you cut off the hangers if you were just simply replacing the shackles?
I was wondering that myself too. Those stock hangers looked GREAT and still in awesome shape! Hell the whole underside of the truck looks pretty decent to me. Of course, I'm speaking of the areas that didn't get recent paint. To me, it looks like a PNW truck = no rust issues.
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