MorRyde Wet Bolt Kit

This photo illustrates how wimpy the industry standard spring shackles are.

On my 2002 Wildcat I had multiple problems with the industry standard cheap suspension, especially the spring shackles. Read about those problems here and here. When we purchased our 2012 Copper Canyon I replaced the equalizer, shackles and bolts with the Dexter EZ Flex kit before our first trip. I put 21,700 miles on the Copper Canyon and never had any suspension problems. I see this as a mandatory update.

Our 2014 Cougar 325SRX came with the MorRyde CRE/3000 equalizer. I don't have an opinion on this device yet but the shackles were the same thin weak shackles that are the industry standard. MorRyde makes a heavy duty wet bolt and shackle kit and that was one of the first upgrades I made to our SRX. The kit cost about $90 and consists of enough wet bolts, shackles and bronze bushings to replace everything but the CRE/3000 equalizer. The upgrade was pretty simple. Check out the photos below.

I jacked up the SRX with a jack placed under the frame just behind the tire. I also put blocks under the frame behind the rear steps. I lowered the jack enough to put some weight on the blocks.
I raised the SRX high enough to get both tires off the pavement.
The CRE/3000 equalizer and cheap industry standard spring shackles.
The part number on the springs.
I am seeing many more parts made in China. Even the air conditioner is made in China.
The CRE/3000 equalizer already had a bronze bushing. I did not remove it. The first bolt I removed was missing the nylon bushing in the spring eye.
I placed the grease fittings on the inside as I often had trouble getting a grease gun onto the fittings on my 2012 Copper Canyon.

The bushings slipped easily into the spring eyes. On my 2012 Copper Canyon the fit was tighter and I had to drive the bushings into the spring eyes. For that project I took an old shackle bolt, ground the splines off near the head and used it to drive the busing into the spring eye. You can read about that project here.

You may be interested in the next article, Backup Lights.

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© Bobby Daniel