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Old 12-06-2019, 06:38 AM   #1
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Sheep 93 D21 Rear tires rubbing fender

I wasn't sure how to title this.
Just have a little 2WD x-cab 2.4l that I put big tires on. They are 225/75/16 winter tires. The front is fine I just took a file and scratched the front fender down a bit to help the tire clearance. (Also put 2" spacers all around)
The rear fender however is getting torn to shreds, as I drive down the road if I hit a bump or hole the back tire slams up against the top part of the fender and will surely destroy it soon. (I can try to get pics of what I'm describing if that helps) It does have a heavy duty tool box and big canopy so it's loaded down on top of the already 90% flattened leaf springs.
My question is how to get a 2"-3" lift in the rear suspension?
First thought was just cut the fender but f that, it'll look terrible!
I thought blocks would be the answer but it seems they only sell blocks for lowering. Also the leaf springs go under the axle so I'm not really sure... how... to...uhhh?
Next I thought new leaf springs but those are hehe really spendy.
Final thought was just put big shackles on the rear of the leaf springs?
Also a friend suggested putting a helper leaf somewhere in there...
Help guys help!
I'm a total noob.
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There are some links to how the truck squats down in the back, and also of the leaf spring setup underneath there...
I couldn't find any shackles online and was recommended to build my own shackles even though I know nothing about building shackles...
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The shackles are nothing but 4 pieces, two per side, of flat stock steel with a couple of holes drilled into it. How long and where you drill the holes are what you need to make them. It aint rocket science...
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It shouldn’t be too tough to build your own. You need some grade 8 bolts that fit the bushings and you need some 3/16 flat plate. You can probably get that at Lowe’s or Home Depot. Just cut to length and drill some holes.
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I hadn't even thought of making my own. That's so much simpler and economy. And so it shall be done! Thanks fellas! Happy Holidays!
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For the only semi-mechanically inclined...

I maintain a bunch of small trailers for the company I work for, you can buy some ready made pieces in varying lengths, with nice finished edges, for a couple of bucks a piece at the parts counter of your local trailer repair place. Remember to always support your locals when you can. Pick up the proper bolts and locking nuts as well.

If nuts and bolts frighten you, well, you're probably not here reading this are you.
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I'm going to make my own shackles. I found a 3ft length of 3/8 steel 2" wide that will be more than enough flat stock to make my own. After a few videos I see how actually easier than will be than all the other lift methods. Cool! Thanks everyone!
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