Hey all gonna fix my rude height today, a couple of you said have I installed the shackles correctly, have I got them upside down??
Yep, you have the shackles upside down. They have to point towards the underbody if you get my drift. Back when I was young we used to turn the shackles like you have there to raise the rear of the vehicle.
I would say their upside down. If you can jack the body up and let the diff hang you should be able to lever the springs over center so when the car is lowered back onto the ground the springs sit above the body mount.
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Thanks guys, it's really weird because my schackles were in the same direction with the old ones! Ill let you know how I go!
If the leaf srings are really stiff that's how the shackles will sit. If you flick the shackles around 180 they will be against the body and how will they work? Been 10 years since I owned a leaf spring rear end Holden, so not 100 % what do others say?Drew
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You are the only one who seems to think the way I do!
somethings not right there
I just replaced my rear shackles and bushes (same leafs) and I had to work damn hard to just make the eye reach the shackle to fit it, with the shackle horizontal! Had jacks etc all over the place to stretch the leafs out a bit and still ended up having to hang myself off the leaf to flatten it out a bit to reach.
Once fitted, it settled at an angle pointing upwards (not vertical) as others have said. Pic here: http://gallery.oldho...
After the trouble I had flattening mine out, I can't work out how it ended up like that. The leafs should naturally try to coil up (making a tighter curve) and flatten when the weight of the car is applied. If that's the case then when fitting, there's no way you'd be able to flatten them out so much that they get to that position, especially if they're new and stiff.
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RedB, what you have done is correct.
When springs are lowered they become longer between the front and rear shackles and should, in theory, be easier to fit, but when they are standard height you often have to place a chock of steel/timber against the subframe for the rear of the main leaf to sit up against, then jack under the u bolt plate to straighten the spring as it slides along the steel/timber chock until the rear shackle fits easy.
Remove the shackle bolt from the spring.
Put a block of wood between the spring eye and floor, then jack the spring up and the eye will move along the wood until the shackle can be fitted.
I have only changed leaf springs in a Holden once and that was a long time ago. My father helped me and he used a block of wood between the spring and the floor of the car, as described in the last post. He produced twin carb manifolds,alloy rocker covers, lowering blocks and tramp rods for early Holdens under the Lanspeed brand,so he had done a few.
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ive just removed/replaced my eh utes rear leaf springs,your shacles in wrong position as mine was tobegin with,jack up body only, flick the shackle so it faces up toward floor,if u look at the face of a clock, u want your shacle bolt or stud at about 10 or 11 oclock if u get wat i mean,
Hate to throw a spanner, but my HR ute rear shackles sit as yours are now, Ash. I replaced them about 8 months ago.
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My HK is off the ground at the moment and the body is on jack stands, the rear end of the spring is in the same position as your photo.
I checked my HK workshop manual and stuff me it shows it both ways, so I checked my EH & HR manuals and they show the block of wood with the shackle eye end of the spring higher than the shackle mount.
But then again on the HK there is a bump stop at the rear of the shackle mount on the underside which looks like it's there to stop the shackle from bottoming right out.
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Show us another photo when you have the shackels pointing UP, It will be lowered then.
I was wrong before! Sorry. I looked at my brothers HR, and yours is wrong just as Keijames said, it needs to turn around 180 degrees forward to the front of the car. Cheers Drew
My EH springs are stock with an extra laf. The shackles are also stock. My shackles sit FLAT parallel with the ground. When the suspension is loaded the spring end of the shackle will be above the chassis end of the shackle.
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Get a good spring maker to fix them for you sadly I can't cause I am in WA my business.
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Same issue Spring shackle causining Spring eye to be higher than shackle body mount, it's almost like the Spring is too short, anyone resolve this issue?
Hey guys just wondering if rear leaf spring shackles on a HR Holden which has lowering blocks should still face towards underbody as mine are facing towards the road. Trying to chase a squeak out and thought this may have something to do with it?
Thanks in advance
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