Identifying spindles ?

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Re: Identifying spindles ?

Post by mlrailguy » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:03 am

Yes, been running stock for 18 years. Have another set of spindles coming soon. Going to reinforce them with the gussets also. I'm a welder, so that part isn't a problem.
The steering arm on passenger side was beginning to fold upwards. I measured from kingpin on drivers side and then the other side. Found an inch of difference.
I have already gone with Tweeds 2.25 arms, and it did help a lot.

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Re: Identifying spindles ?

Post by dustymojave » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:45 pm

Make sure the tie rods are not hitting the sides of the frame. Not much else to cause the steering arm to bend upward.
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Re: Identifying spindles ?

Post by Class 11 streeter » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:40 am

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Hey guys here is a pic of both OEM spindles and the aftermarket combos for reference. You can see the beef of the combos compared to stock.
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Re: Identifying spindles ?

Post by Class 11 streeter » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:57 am

dustymojave wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:17 am
And I'm not sure what Pile was suggesting above
A common setup is link pin knuckle with the sturdier BJ spindle, or other HD spindle.
I have seen a pic, *somewhere*, of a VW OEM spindle that was linkpin carrier with balljoint spud, supposidly an OEM application from our southern hemisphere cousins (Brazil?). Can't find the pic but it's unobtainium here unless it is built, and for the hassle the combo spud is worth the effort over the balljoint spud since it's probably the same price for the work.
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Re: Identifying spindles ?

Post by Piledriver » Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:21 am

A BJ spud/hub has a place if you don't want to spend $1K/axle on disk brakes, although there seems to be more/better choice lately.

Not strictly off-road related, CB sells a KP aluminum hub front setup in 5x130 that is making me consider a combo spud for my T3.
(have a slightly damaged spindle and replacing the spuds would allow a small amount of drop, as well as a stronger spindle)

As an aside, the Porsche 928/944 "manholes" or 7 slots are forged Fuchs yet can be had dirt cheap.
You wont find a stronger, lighter wheel, or likely even a stronger wheel, period.

There are lots of good choices in 16" truck tires. Little choice for hipo car tires in USA anymore, esp the 245/45-16 size used out back on the 944s and 928s originally. Oddly, no problem overseas.
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