How to Lower a Ranger?
I'll answer my own question. I can see now that the shackles are there to pivot as the leaf spring "lengthens" as it is compressed. It would probably lower the vehicle a good 3 inches (I ended up not trying it), but the spring would have to bend into more of an S-shape as the suspension worked.
My modified shackle worked, but not as much as I liked. Because of the pivoting, the 7/8" lower hole only lowered the rear end about 1/2".
That's better than nothing, but I'll have to look into getting an aftermarket shorter shackle.
By the way... my leaf springs go under the rear axles so I can't simply put in the blocks. Too bad, because Summit sells 1" blocks with longer U-bolts for 20 bucks...
Thanks for the input...
[ This Message was edited by: 89Trooper on 10/24/03 5:28am ]