HI, I know that the revolver shackles work very good in rockcrawling, but they work in mud???? I really want to know im very closed to buy them but in my country is just mud... are they helpfull in the performance??
The pivot type of shackle is only a band aid for shorter leaf-springs IMO. if you have long leafs, you can get allot of flex out of them before you need a pivot setup. There are a number of pivot setups out there that are good for crawling, but are scary on the road. One setup I saw is that the attachment for the leafs is on a bolt pivot parallel to the frame. The shackle is a modified revolver style with the same parallel bolt setup. Thats all great, but the vehicle just folds over the suspension when taking a corner if I remember correctly.
I have made a few sets of revolver style shackles back in high school and only one set remained on a vehicle longer then a month. All were eventually thrown into the scrap metal pile. And no, my shitty fab skills were not to blame:flipoff2:.
What the problem is most of the time is when you head downhill the shackles unload making you roll ass over the top down the hill. That and they require a longer spline drive shaft.
But if you want to try out a set just make some! Cheap, easy enough, just don't forget a stop, so they don't fold over forward on themselves. Go make a set and you'll get what I mean.
Well, OK then, I'll chime in too.....THEY SUCK ASS!
I have rebuilt leaf spring suspensions many times that did have Revolvers on them and everytime I do the rig ends up with more flex than before, less wheel hop (axle wrap), and handles way better on the street.
i would avoid revolvers altogether, they can perform well, but running these shackles can break things VERY quickly. so yes, you can get good extension out of them- but the cost of repairs completely outways running them in my opinion
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