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Installed my Toytec shackles today..

Installed 6112s in late January of this year on my 2014 2WD SR5 DC.
Second setting from the bottom with 1 CB shim on each side.
That made the truck pretty much level.
Rear was about a .25 of an inch higher.



Put my Toytec shackles on today on the highest 1.5 setting.
Settings are either 1" or 1.5".
I'll put more install info in another (this one) thread.

It raised the rear exactly 1.5 inches.



Going to drive it awhile and see if I want to leave it or lower it .5 of an inch to the bottom setting.
I might just do that..

Rear before pic taken yesterday..



Rear after pic taken today..



My measurements are now from the bottom of my fender flares opening;
Front Left 38.8
Rear left 41.3

Front Right 39.1
Rear Right 41.3

Let it be known, I'm not a mechanic, and I get by with what I have.
I had the right tools to remove the stock shackle, socket and wrench..
I went into this knowing I didn't have a big enough fitted wrench but did have the sockets I needed.
I used a crescent wrench on the bolt and socket on the bolt.
Once I got the bolt tight, I didn't even need the crescent wrench.

I had to disconnect my rear sway bar to get the rear axle down low enough.



The rear spring still didn't drop enough for the new shackle and there was no way I was taking the 5160 shocks off.
I couldn't pull the spring down with one hand and feed the bolt thru the hole.



Looked around the garage and a spare piece of wood that looked about right.
I wedged that piece of wood between the spring and frame to where I could see light thru the hole with my flashlight.
Then I was able to slightly move the end of the spring and get the bolt lined up and in.



Worked perfectly.
Tightened my shackle bolts, lifted the differential and reinstalled my sway bar bolts, took the truck off the jack stands, re-tightened my shackle bolts, lifted the spare back into place, put up my tools, and done.




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I had to use a block of wood as well when I put on the CB shackles on my last truck. The rear looks a little high. Thanks for posting the pics.

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I ended up having to use a small bottle jack to push the springs down to line them up properly when I installed mine.

Looks good!

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A fellow shadetree mechanic getting it done. Nice.

Looks good although I think I would drop it down a notch as well and it would be perfect.
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Thanks guys..
Right now it pretty much has the stock rake I didn't like in the first place.

I think I'll drop it down a notch.
Maybe this weekend if I have time...

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Did you do this without jacking up the rear of the truck?
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Love the rake!
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Did you do this without jacking up the rear of the truck?
Had the rear end entirely off the ground.
Frame on jack stands..

Thank you CB..


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Ok.
So today. I'll put the shackles on the second setting, .5" lower.
Should take what, 30-45 minutes?
Of course not.

Jacked the truck up, put on jack stands, disconnected the sway bar, and took the load off the differential.





Pulled the frame bolt, time to remove the washers Toytec uses on the frame bolts.
Not happening, I guess they got pressed into place when I installed them...

I had to remove the shackles, put them in a vise, and hammer those washers out with a screwdriver and a hammer, one at a time.









So, I got them out, reinstalled the shackles, and all is well.
I should have used this setting in the first place.

Got too dark to take decent pics..
How it sits now...



Before at the top setting..



Looks the same in the pics, looks better in person.

I had to correct my first measurements.
Had the digital measure device on the wrong setting.:

Truck now sits,
Left Front 38.8
Left Rear 40.7

Right Front 39.1
Right Rear 40.8

Moral of my story;
Try to install the right setting the first time when using Toytec shackles..

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Not very noticeable on the pics but looks in perfect stance to me! Glad to hear it feels better in person.
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Now that looks good!!!

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What did you end up torquing the shackle bolts down to?
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Interested as well.

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Very nice...looks perfect.
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What did you end up torquing the shackle bolts down to?
Main reason why I ask this is I believe the instructions from Toytec said to torque them down to 85-90 ft lbs. I did so and boy did the back end of my Tundy squeak!! Stepping into the truck, stepping down from the truck, going out of the driveway, pulling up into the driveway, even pulling out of a parking space and driving slowly out of parking lots it made a bad rickety squeak that drove me nuts!

Out of frustration I white lithium'ed just about every joint on the back suspension (maybe also a good suggestion would be to also lube up the shackle bushings while you're back there). The fix didn't come until I eased the nuts off the shackles and the squeak went away. But now, not sure if I have them properly torqued? What did anyone else torque theirs to?
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