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Hey, guys. Joe from AmericanTrucks and today we're gonna be taking a closer look at the Rough Country 1- or 2-inch Lowering Shackles fitting all '04 to '14 two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive F-150s, excluding the Raptor models. Now these are going to be the perfect option for any F-150 owner out there that's looking for a cost-effective and easy to install way to improve and level the stance of their truck. These are made out of 1/4-inch steel which is gonna be great for durability. They're finished in that awesome black powder coat which not only is going to add to the looks, I mean, you can barely see these but they will match any blackout look you were going for. Now that black powder coating is there mainly to serve as a layer of protection against the elements.Now one of the biggest draws with this one is it is adjustable to either 1 or 2 inches. You could see there's two sets of holes drilled. We have this currently set to the 2-inch drop and as you can see, that is going to make a huge difference to how our '06 8-foot bed F-150 here is going to sit on the ground and really improve the looks. Another great thing about this one is it pretty much allows you to maintain everything else about the truck. You still get to keep that suspension geometry and therefore, this is going to maintain a lot of that factory ride quality.So I've talked a little bit about leveling out the looks of your truck here. Now what is that? Why would you wanna do that and what does this provide basically over the factory shackles? Now all F-150s and trucks in general for that matter come out of the factory with a little bit of what's called rake. And that means the front of the truck is going to sit a little bit lower than the rear and it gives it that nose down sort of dragster look that a lot of people aren't fond of. Now the main reason that's there is the truck will level out if you're towing something or you have something heavy in the bed. If you're not doing either of those two things often, it's more of a looks thing. And the lowering shackles here, like I said earlier, they're gonna be one of the most cost-effective and easy to install ways to dial out that factory rake.Now pricing for the pair of these is going to come in right around that $60 mark. That's going to include new bushings and a sleeve to mount this up. And at that price, you can't really beat it. This is going to be again one of the most cost-effective ways to really improve the looks of your truck and if you're still not sold, Rough Country even throws in a limited lifetime warranty on these.Now install, like I said, is going to be pretty easy. I'm gonna give it an easy two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here just because we're messing with some suspension components. At most in the driveway with hand tools this should take you about two to four hours to get installed on your truck. There's no other modification required. You don't need shims for the pinion angle and you don't need new shocks to run even the 2-inch lower on this one. So without any further ado, let me show you what tools you'll need and how it's done.Tools required for this install are going to be an impact, prybar, shop rag, 21- and 18-millimeter wrenches, 21- and 18-millimeter sockets. Not pictured in this shot will be the vise and either the pole jack or a floor jack. So the first thing you wanna do for the install here is support that rear axle tube. I'm on a lift so I'm using a pole jack. You don't need a lift to do this. You could do this on the ground. Make sure you support your truck with some jack stands and you can jack up the rear axle with a floor jack. Now we're just gonna put some light pressure on that. Then we're gonna come up here to our factory shackle and remove this lower bolt. This is the spring to the frame rail. We're gonna get that out of the way using an 18-millimeter socket and a 21-millimeter wrench.Now that is pretty tight so what we're going to do here is just mess around with our jack on the rear axle and apply some upward pressure just to release that bolt from binding up. So what I'm gonna do here is just put a wrench on there and kinda feel around for a loose spot as I jack up that rear axle tube. Once I feel that's loose enough, I'm just gonna put some pressure with a prybar on this side and back this bolt out using the 18-millimeter on the impact. Now we're gonna do the same thing for the other side.So now we have the bottom of each of our factory shackles out. Now we're worried about the top here and as you can see, in this resting position, that bolt is gonna be blocked by the frame rail back here. So what we're going to do is push up our jack here. This leaf spring should come up above our frame rail here and that'll allow us to pull the bolt out above that frame rail.So now we're clear of that frame rail. We're just gonna come in with the 18-millimeter wrench now and the 21-millimeter socket and loosen that up. Now we should be able to push that bolt out and pull out our factory shackle. Same thing for the other side.Now before we drop in our new shackles here, we need to press in some bushings. You're gonna be using the vise for that. We need to make sure these get seated in this hole right here and that sleeve as well. So all I'm going to do is take a rag to protect our shackle. I'm gonna lay that in the vise. Then I'm going to grab this and the sleeve. And I'm just gonna get that started. Then we can put it in the vise. And clamp down.So once you have that tightened down, you should have a little bit of space right here. And at that point, that sleeve is basically going to bottom out on the other side of the vise. So we're gonna put the other bushing in and do the same thing. Now we're gonna do the same thing for the other side.So with our new Rough Country Lowering Shackles ready to go on our F-150 here, I figured I'd put them next to the factory shackles and point out some of the key differences before we do put these on. But first, let's start with a similarity. These are both gonna be 1/4-inch steel. So these new shackles are gonna hold up just as well as the factory shackles would. Now the biggest and most obvious difference between the two is not only going to be the length but the looks as well. These are black powder coated. You're barely going to be able to see that. So it will match the blackout look but that's mainly there to serve as a layer of protection against the elements, make sure that 1/4-inch steel doesn't corrode underneath.Now let's get to the biggest difference here and what is going to make our drop and it's gonna be the length of these two shackles. Not only is the new Rough Country just a little bit longer but it gives you those two options there. So this lower one is going to be a 1-inch drop and this one up top, that's gonna be your 2-inch drop here and that's what we're gonna go for today. If you weren't looking for as much, you can go with that lower hole. It's just gonna give you that 1-inch drop. And basically, what we're going to do here is bring the bed of the truck closer to the leaf spring. That's how these work. So without any further ado, let's grab our new Rough Country Shackles. We're gonna need the hardware that we uninstalled earlier. And let's get these installed on our truck.So now we're just gonna put our shackle in place. We're gonna start at the top of the leaf spring. And again, at this point, you have a choice to make. You can go for that top hole which is the one we're in right now. That's the 2-inch drop. This guy down here, that's the 1-inch drop. When you install this, make sure the open end of the shackle is facing down. And then we can put our nut on top. Now we're gonna do the same thing for the other side. And again, we're just gonna make sure the open part of the shackle is facing down. Then we can approach from the inside with that bolt. And get that 21-millimeter nut started on the end. Now at this point, you can see we're not even close on the bottom here so we're just gonna lower our pole jack and get that bolt through as well. And now we're just gonna go back to the other side and do the same thing.So now at this point, we have all of our hardware and our new shackle installed finger tight. Now what I'm going to do is just take away this slack here. I still want this to be able to rotate. We're gonna do our final tighten once the suspension is loaded. If we did this right now, we'd lock that bushing in place and then when we put pressure on our leaf spring, this could tear or rip or flex. So we're gonna do our final tighten once the suspension is loaded. I'm just taking away this slack right here on all four bolts just for safety reasons.And on the bottom, we're going to use an 18-millimeter socket and a 21-millimeter wrench. For the top we're gonna use 18-millimeter wrench and a 21-millimeter socket. Now we're gonna do the same thing for the other side.So now we can remove the pole jacks, load up our suspension and then go back and tighten down those bolts. And again, for the top here, 18-millimeter wrench, 21-millimeter socket. For the bottom, 18-millimeter socket, 21-millimeter wrench.Now that is pretty much gonna do it for the install portion. And as with most suspension components here, you wanna drive around about 500 miles and then recheck the torque on those, make sure everything is still nice and tight. But that's gonna do it for my review and install of the Rough Country 1- or 2-inch Lowering Shackles fitting all '04 to '14 two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive F-150s, excluding the Raptor models. Thank you for watching. Make sure you subscribe for more videos like this one and as always, keep it right here at AmericanTrucks for all things F-150.
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Fine tune your Stance. Rough Country's 1-2 inch rear lowering shackle kit for the 2004-2013 two wheel drive or four wheel drive F-150s is designed to help you fine tune your truck's stance while preserving the factory ride. Leveling out the front and rear of your pickup, these shackles can be adjusted to provide either a 1 inch or 2 inch drop and bolt on easily for a fully custom look.
Durable Construction. The shackles are crafted from 1/4 in. steel for extreme durability and strength. It is finished off in a black powdercoat finish to protect against corrosion due to the elements.
Bolt-on Installation. These Lowering Shackles are designed to be a simple bolt-on install that utilize factory shackle mount with no welding, cutting or extra modifications required.
Further Protection. Backed by Rough Country's lifetime limited warranty, you'll be protected from defects in this kit for the life of your truck. Some exclusions apply, please see manufacturer's full warranty for details.
Application. Rough Country's 1-2 inch rear lowering shackles are specifically designed to work with 2004 to 2013 2WD and 4WD F-150 models. Will not fit on SVT Raptor or AWD models.
Freight Notes. Freight items can only be shipped within the continental 48 states, no expedited methods. What is freight shipping? Your Answers are Right Here!.
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(approx) 4 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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