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I'm having problems understanding why my rear leaf spring shackles are offset to the passenger side. Anybody else's look like these? Any thoughts? They both offset in the same direction, so I know it wasn't for tire clearance. All replacement shackles I've seen are just straight pieces.

http://mywpages.comcast.net/copydoc351/LSshackle_small.jpg
Driver's side

http://mywpages.comcast.net/copydoc351/RSshackle_small.jpg
Passenger's side

All input is appreciated
 

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Could you post larger pictures. These are waaaayyyy too small to tell anything. Thanks
 

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Those are what are referred to as "bent". Some PO must have slid sideways into terra-firma or an immovable object and caused said shackles to bend.

Get yourself a new set from NPD, they sell a nice poly bushed set that are much stronger than stock and cost @ $35...
 

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Sorry so small
http://mywpages.comcast.net/copydoc351/images/LSshackle.jpg
http://mywpages.comcast.net/copydoc351/images/RSshackle.jpg

The pics don't show enough detail, but it looks like they were made that way and someone installed them incorrectly. The bends seem too defined (even though it doesn't look that way in the pics) to be from an accident, but I guess anything is a possibility with a 35yr old car. Very strange...
 

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They should not look like that. Like someone else said, a PO slid sideways into something. Better make sure nothing else is twisted.
 

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replace them, they are not supposed to be like that. if you are having problems with the new ones, just put your old ones back on untill you can figure out what is the matter with the car. most likely they were bent from contact with something. I would bet that the passengers wheel is farther forward than the drivers wheel too, because of the way the shackels are bent. do you have a problem wearing out tires in the rear (unrealted to your right foot)? this might be the cause

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Hey, those look a lot like the ones in my '71 used to. I know what causes that! The PO of my car blew a bias-ply, and slid sideways into the retaining wall. Aside from about 800 lbs. of Bondo in the passenger side, everything is pretty well off. I get the pleasure of having the rear quarter replaced, and inspecting the rest of the car for damage. As stated, prior to this, you should get the shackles replaced. They aren't all that expensive, and they will save you a lot of money. The entire shackle kit will service both sides, and will cost you less than one tire. Measure the distance from the outer edge of the right tire to the lip on the wheel well. Also measure the distance between the same points on the left-side. The images tell me that the distance on the right side will be less than that of the left. Your car's rear-end is shifted to the right, indicating, again, that the car was slid into a immobile object. Once I replaced the shackles in my mach, everything was back where it should be. It looks a lot better, too. The car appears to track properly, rather than to dog-trail.

Just my two-cents worth.
--Jason
 

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Thanks everyone. I'll get those ordered this week.
 

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If you're not interested in contours, get the thicker and strong shackles. They are much heavier and less prone to bending than stock.

They look like 2inch by 7 inch pieces of metal (2 each side, 4 total) and usually have 3 holes in them.

I think I got mine from NPD.

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