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Replacing front shackle 1983 jeep cj7

I need instructions how to replace front shackle 1983 jeep cj7

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    marty Costello Nov 21, 2009

    OK all done but took many hours. The front ones were not a problem but the back ones were a different story. In the back, on the passenger side, the gas tank is in the way since the factory put the shackle bolts in from inside to out so when removing the bolts they hit up against the gas tank. First you have to remove the outer bushing and then remove the inner bushing which will allow the shackle bolts to be removed. You can not remove the shackle bolts until you remover the inner sleeve and bushings, On the drivers side the exhaust pipe is definitely in the way so loosen the bracket and lower the pipe. Both rear shackle bushings were very very difficult to remove. I used the bolt and inner sleeve from the front to first push out the sleeve then remove the 2 part bushing. Installation was a breeze using a 3' crowbar to align the spring and hanger while inserting the new parts.

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Shackles are pretty straight forward. Remove the existing bolts, change the shackles and reverse the procedure to install. Good idea to change the bushings while you're in there if they are at all questionable. It's best to do this with the CJ in the air, supported on the frame and use a floor jack under the axle to lift/lower the spring in/out of the shackle, one side at a time.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009

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  • D11RCD Nov 19, 2009

    Jack stands under the frame will support the CJ just fine.

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