Using After-Market Shackles to LEVEL the Silverado Truck Bed

MRRSM

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This is just the "Opening Salvo" on the Procedures and After-Market Parts needed to "unhinge" the Tail End Leaf Springs from their OEM Mounts and attempt to lower them either 2" or 4" so that the "Guppy Pond" that has been flourishing ..."Rain or Shine"...(Mostly RAIN) towards the Cabin side Back Stop of my 2000 Chevrolet Silverado's Durable Black Plastic "Swimming Pool" Liner ...and put an end to this problem.

It is worth noting that presently, during our unseasonably frequent Tropical Rains, the Truck has remained elevated on a Pair of "NON-HF", Pin Locked, 6 Ton Jack Stands for some other necessary work. At least now I know that if I wanted to ...I could fill up the entire back of the Truck as a Temporary "Hot Tub" to Heat up in the Florida Sun thanks to having my York Black Plastic Liner and relax in it until I wanted to "Drain it Dry... and Drive Away" :>)

Mathematically, since "The Angle of Incidence Equals the Angle of Reflection..." with my Truck sporting an Eight Foot Long Truck Bed, I figure that a Four Inch Drop should help to LEVEL things off quite a bit and allow the Trapped Rain Water to run down and out through the 1/2" groove in the lower line of the Tail Gate and put a stop to this problem once the Truck is back on Firm Ground.

I've ordered the following components and those of us with Trucks that sport "Leaf Spring Rear Suspensions" and the experience of actually having done this work are welcome to comment on anything that I should still BOLO (Be On The Look Out) for regarding the unintended and possibly negative affectations these Mods may have upon other OEM Suspension Components at the very same time:

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Will I also require getting THESE Components as Well to cover EVERYTHING needed to make this Work... ON THE "LEVEL"?

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EDIT: Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

It's normal for me to do a LOT of Research to find "Spot On" Videos that compliment my Documented Repairs... But seldom have I found One Video that is literally PERFECT for this Particular ODD-MOD. This Instructional Kills Two Birds with One Stone by

(A) Featuring the Very Same Shackle Kit Products shown above ...and

(B) The VOP (Video Original Poster) Shows ALL of the Step-By-Steps that nicely explain away every single one of my Questions and Concerns about the Best and Most Complete way to carry off this R&R. I'll NEVER find a Better One than THIS:



Also... since the Prices for some GM ACDelco OEM LCA's presented themselves on eBay were very reasonable, I also ordered one of each for the Left and Right Sides for later installation when the work will be more opportune.

Both are Brand New and will come equipped with New Bushings and Ball Joints pre-fitted and ready for installation. The Price on the LCA for the GM OEM version on the Right side was only $45.00 ... so I'd have been a Fool not to get it while "The Getting Was GOOD.":

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HARDTRAILZ

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If you like the truck...ditch the rust maker plastic liner asap. Even tilting the truck to drain it does not help the rust inducing moisture they trap from heating and cooling n other factors.
 

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