The differences between the different Series
Land Rover spring shackles
By Bill Davis of Great Basin
Here is what I know about them. The measurement is the center
on center distance (COC) from the bolt holes.
3 inch COC - Series One & Series 2 SWB.
They used a non-threaded
outer and a threaded inner shackle plate. The inner one had a BSF
thread (don't remember size off hand) and hence used a BSF bolt & nut.
These parts have long since been NLA from Land Rover but can still
be sourced from LR Fasteners in the UK. The reason LR changed to
a different (larger thread size) is strength. If you look at one
of these early bolts there is a distinct step down in diameter
at the BSF threads. If you are changing springs and have to cut
off the spring and shackle bolts and cannot or don't want to use
the BSF size you can merely drill out the inner shackle to 9/16
and use the later 9/16 UNF spring & shackle bolts.
A common misconception
is that there is some technical reason that the inner shackle needs
to be threaded . There is not and hence no issues with using an
unthreaded inner shackle. LR is the only leaf sprung vehicle that
I know of that uses a threaded inner shackle. I think threaded
inner shackles were common on many vehicles in the 20's, 30's & 40's
but eventually everyone (except LR) realized that all if did was
cost more. The disadvantage of a threaded inner shackle is that
it makes disassembly more difficult when the components are rusted
? - Series One & Series 2 LWB
I'm pretty sure the Series
2 had longer shackles and maybe Series ones also but don't want
to go out and measure them.
3.75 inch COC - Series 2A & 3 SWB
LR also upgraded to the
9/16 UNF spring and shackle bolts and hence the inner shackle is
threaded the same.
4 inch COC - Series 2A & 3 LWB
5.75 COC - Series 2A & 3 One Ton and Military
used the center support widget (can't remember the specific name)
Note from TeriAnn: Great Basin Rovers offers
greasable poly bushings. These
don't dry up and disintegrate like normal poly bushings, assuming
you remember to grease them. I highly recommend them.
A set of Great Basin greasabe poly bushings
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