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Shackle Flip Kit - The Official Armor Tech Offroad Thread!

Discussion in 'Armor Tech Offroad' started by ArmorTech, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. Mar 6, 2013 at 8:27 PM
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    ArmorTech

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    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.
    Shocks:
    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.

    Brake lines:
    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.

    Bump Stops:
    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.

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  2. Mar 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM
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    BradyT88

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    Would there be an issue running this flip kit with other leaf packs? Just curious why they are leaf pack specific, or at least only work with certain leaf packs?
     
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  3. Mar 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM
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  4. Mar 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM
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    The OME/Dakar pack are not the same length as the factory springs. I have not been able to obtain, measure and test fit other spring packs at this time. A simple straight line measurement from the center of the front eye to the center of the rear eye can at least begin to determine if a custom hanger is needed.
     
  5. Mar 6, 2013 at 8:55 PM
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  6. Mar 6, 2013 at 8:58 PM
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    I see, but that pack and several others are still rated to fit in the factory hanger so I don't see why that would make that much of a difference. But I also don't know anything about this kind of stuff. haha
     
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  8. Mar 6, 2013 at 9:02 PM
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    I have no idea why OME made their springs longer, trust me, it is annoying! The longer OME leaf pack will change the shackle angle. Having the shackle angle optimized for the shorter stock leaf pack means that the shackle angle won't be quite right for the longer pack. Will the kit still work for an OME pack, most likely, but it won't be perfect. $179 isn't pocket change to most people so we want to make sure the parts fit as well as possible. As for other brands of springs, like I said, I have not been able to measure them and test fit them myself but if you want to measure the eye to eye length I can at least get a base line.
     
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  9. Mar 6, 2013 at 9:05 PM
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    Also lead time? Or ready to ship?
     
  10. Mar 6, 2013 at 9:09 PM
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    Your unadulterated truck sex part has been ordered!!
     
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    So how do we order the ome/Dakar flip kit? I don't see an option for that one?
     
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    It says right in the OP it's not available yet
     
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    That section was the only part I skipped over
     
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    Are we going to need extended brake lines W this kit?
     
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  17. Mar 7, 2013 at 5:33 AM
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    Thanks! I'll get you an email with tracking info once it ships.

    So many things to remember... Yes, strongly recommended. I've been cycling here with the factory lines. They get very tight and I can't say I'd want to wheel with them like that. The pain in the but part is that a simple extra 2 inches would do. Figures right? :annoyed:

    Sounds good to me! :D
     
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    Ordered early this morning...
     
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