I'm happy to finally be able to officially announce the Armor Tech Offroad Tacoma Shackle Flip Kit! Toyota's factory shackle mount is not setup to allow maximum flex at the shackle which limits the drop out flex of the rear axle on your Tacoma. This kit allows you to remove the factory shackle hanger and invert the shackle to allow for maximum flex and axle droop. A shackle flip makes a dramatic difference in the rear suspension travel. An added benefit to a shackle flip is the ability to install a longer shackle to add height to a suspension lift. You will get approximately 3/4" of lift with the factory shackle.
To mount the kit you will remove the rivets holding the factory bracket and bolt on the new brackets with included grade 8 hardware. The factory shackle is then flipped and bolted to the new hanging bracket using the factory bolt.
Shackle Flip Kits are universal and adjustable to work with most aftermarket springs including Stock, All Pro Expo, All Pro Standard, OME/Dakar. $199
The following information is based on stock springs. Other spring configurations will require you to take your own measurements to determine shock length, bump stop mounting, and brake line length.
You will need longer shocks to utilize the full suspension travel. Remember shocks are NOT limit straps and most shocks will be damaged by maxing their travel. If not installing shocks to utilize the full travel of the spring a limit strap will be required. Shock lengths and limit strap lengths will depend on each truck's particular setup, and desired performance. A new high clearance shock mounting kit will be available in the future. Pricing and lead time are not available at this time. We do have some access to shocks, call for more details.
Stock springs will work with a 16" collapsed length/27" extended shock.
Like the shocks brake lines are not limit straps. The factory 17" brake lines are at the very limit of their extension at full droop. Purchasing extended brake lines is recommended. A brake line that is 17"+(spring/block/shackle lift height) is a minimum recommendation. We do have several brake line options available, call for more details.
Flipping the shackle lowers the rear of the leaf spring. Adding a bump stop extension may be desirable to limit damage to the leaf springs.
Increasing lift with longer shackles:
Longer shackles will provide lift by a factor of 1/2 of the difference in length of the new shackle when compared to a factory 3.5" shackle. In English, a 6" shackle is 2.5" longer than the 3.5" factory shackle. One half of 2.5" is 1.25" of lift. Combined with the kit would give a total of 2 inches of lift. Longer shackles and shackles with built in flex joints are coming soon, again pricing and exact availability is not currently available. We do not recommend installing a shackle longer than 6 inches and will not offer a shackle longer than 8 inches.