Congratulations you have just discovered reverse shackles. It has been a time honored shade tree, lo buck, method of raising a car. There were and are kits with shackle sides that allow you to adjust the height. If you look you will see many jeeps with reverse shackles to lift them for larger tires. You should actually feel the car become more stable. Why? because it isnt balanced on top of the shackles.
ramblings of an old shade tree mechanic....Grant
NCbird on the Coast of NC
"Dads Bird" for my father