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Drop spindles -- Any warnings or advice?

Discussion in 'Chassis / Drivetrain / Suspension / Wheels' started by DRIVEN, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. DRIVEN

    DRIVEN Comic Book Super Hero

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    I recently picked up a set of vintage Appliance Wiremags and I'm in the process of polishing them and selecting tires. I was planning to adjust my ride height once I get them on. Preliminary measurements indicate that I'll be looking at about a 2" drop. Since there are soooo many spring options out there, I thought I would simplify my life and just go with some drop spindles. So, here's my questions for all you guys who have gone this route;
    Are there any manufacturers to avoid? Any issues to be aware of? Any real bargains I should check out? Did you regret using spindles instead of springs?
     
  2. megaladon6

    megaladon6 Comic Book Super Hero

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    g-body spindles already have absolutely shitty geometry. drop spindles just make things work. now if this is a show car or something like that (ie won't ever be driven for handling) you're ok.
    if you want handling, the best thing is the s-10 blazer spindles with dual piston calipers, and SC&C's stage 2 kit, with eibach or SPC springs. the spindles do nothing for handling, but they do use hub bearings and much better brakes.
    FYI, b-body and f-body spindles slightly improve handling, but it's not worth it. the SC&C setup is much better without the compromises
     
  3. patmckinneyracing

    patmckinneyracing Royal Smart Person

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    I picked up a set of brand new s10 drop spindles off ebay for $120 and used 5660 moog springs and I have absolutely no complaints. This gives my car excellent handling and strong resistance to body roll. It's not a hard ride, but also not too soft, if that makes sense.
     
  4. drogg1

    drogg1 G-Body Guru

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    Did you cut those springs pat?
     
  5. 1983regal

    1983regal Master Mechanic

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    I do not understand why everyone says drop spindles make the steering geometry worse, they only change the centerline of the spindle. A dropped spindle does not affect ride quality and does not affect the alignment. Please explain how it affects these items. I have had a set of drop spindles on my blazer for almost ten years without having it aligned after install, without any abnormal wear on my tires. My tires have almost 50,000 miles and probably still at least 8/32's left of tread. Either my vehicle defies logic or they do not affect the vehicle like everyone thinks. I would recommend drop spindles over springs for ride quality. Just my opinion. I have ground force spindles on my blazer not a single problem in ten years.
     
  6. patmckinneyracing

    patmckinneyracing Royal Smart Person

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    Nope I did not cut the coils. I tried cutting the coils a few years ago and kept the stock spindles. That screwed up the geometry big time. Drop spindles without cutting the 5660 coils is the way to go.
     
  7. DRIVEN

    DRIVEN Comic Book Super Hero

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    My car has stock springs and certainly won't be raced. The ride quality is fine but most importantly - I know the ride height and the feel of the ride. All that would be affected by the spindles would be the ride height. The geometry is probably as good as it will be. It seems that springs for these cars can be somewhat of a wild card along with affecting the geometry. I figure spindles are more of a sure bet. While searching around I've found prices from $120 - $500. Is there any difference that I'll notice on a driver?
     
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    regalman4925 Royal Smart Person

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    i want to know if the people say that either the springs or the spindles screwed up the geometry had a alignment done or not, without that either one will be screwed up
     
  9. pontiacgp

    pontiacgp Rocket Powered Basset Hound

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    I have camaro spindles with the 5660 coils with 1/2 coil cut off, lower lower ball joints and a 36 mm bar and car rotates the corners exceptionally well. With my set up the tie rods are parallel to the ground and my uppers are high enough over the horizontal plane. Drop spindles give you a lowered look with none of the advantages of lowering the car to improve the geometry and roll centre.
     
  10. drogg1

    drogg1 G-Body Guru

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    pontiacgp, around how much do you think your setup lowers your ride height? Not an exact figure but a good guess.
     
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