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I'm in the process of leveling out my trucks ride by installing 2" lowering shackles. Apparently it is super easy... for 3rd gen rams. On mine, per side, there is 2 bolts going through the shackles, then connected by 2 nuts. The threads are facing the OUTSIDE of my truck. The bolts are about ~4 inches long and I only have an inch or so of room to REMOVE the bolts from the stock shackle. How in the hell is this possible?

It is stressed in the instructions, (mind you, the instructions are for 10 different shackles for fords, dodges, and chevrolets [thanks belltech for the specificity]), that the threads absolutely have to be facing the outside of the truck, so it's not like my bolts are facing the wrong way.

I'm jacking the truck up from the hitch, then supporting the FRAME with jack stands. Then using my jack again and raising it from the DIFFERENTIAL while still on the jack stands on the frame to ease the tension on the leaf springs, but it does not give me any more clearance what-so-ever.

Attatched is pictures of what the problem is. Note... it is the top bolt of the shackle giving me problems.



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Let the springs sag, you should be able to remove them when they hang below the frame rail.
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Thanks for the reply Kurtis.

So in this case I'd just be leaving the jack stands on the frame and not raising the differential? There just isn't much give or flex in them to the point were the shackle moves out of that position. I wondered about removing the bottom bolt first, if even possible, and maybe it'd work then but then it seems it'd snap down pretty hard haha.
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I jacked up truck high enough to get stands under frame, had lug nuts loosened and removed tires while in air. With floor jack centered under pumpkin, adjusted hieght of axle to remove both lower bolts. Once they were out, jacked up axle to where top of leaf springs reached bottom of bed. Removed nuts and slid bolts out while above frame level. Then reversed process to install. Good luck!!
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I had the same problem with the 3rd gen (as far as relieving enough tension to get the bolts out) my bolt setup is a little different as my leaf spring connects under the mount and yours appears to be vise-versa. the best way to get all the tension gone is by lifting only the frame and don't put any pressure on the axle. you could also try removing the shackle from the frame and then the leaf spring from the shackle. and remember to not completely tighten the bolts until the truck is sitting on its tires on the ground with no jacks. hope this helps you out
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