Dropped spindles back to standard?

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Dropped spindles back to standard?

Post by 63CorvairSplit » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:14 pm

Hi - I have dropped spindles on my van (it’s actually a 68 bay with a king link pin front end)

I’m considering putting it to stock height- I don’t think it is, but it’s worth me asking - is there anyway I can convert my dropped spindles back to standard height ones?

Would it be a case of rearranging them? I have feeling the track rod end bits were machined so maybe I can’t do this?

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Re: Dropped spindles back to standard?

Post by ernie » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:34 pm

Probs plenty of people willing to do a swap with some cash your way...easier for you and a few quid in your pocket too...I would go that route!

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Post by 63CorvairSplit » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:42 pm

Hmm - never thought of that - not a bad idea . I kind of liked the idea of being able to swap it back if I liked that’s all!
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Post by vwJim » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:33 pm

No, you shouldn't revert them back, as they have been machined which could weaken them.
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Post by 63CorvairSplit » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:50 pm

Thanks. - the machining you refer to - how come that doesn’t affect them when they are ‘dropped’ currently?

If there are any safety issues, there is no way I would consider this - just purely for my interest, trying to understand what process they go through when they are changed to be dropped.
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Post by vwJim » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:07 pm

In loose terms.....

In stock format, the weight is split between the upper and lower bushes / LP / trailing arm etc.

In dropped spindles format, all the weight is on the lower bush / LP / trailing arm etc with the upper bush mount now only really acting as a guide. The upper spindle area is clearanced to allow the LP to be flipped 180 degrees. So if you use them in stock format that original weight is acting on a reduced spindle body thickness.

Hard to explain.
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Post by 63CorvairSplit » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:47 pm

No - thats a great explanation and makes perfect sense. I imagine that dropped spindles would receive more wear in that lower bushing and linkpin then.

Looks like if i want to do this, i'd be looking for a swap deal or to buy some recon stock spindles outright then :-)

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Post by 63CorvairSplit » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:54 pm

Or actually the best option for me will probably to buy a whole 2nd hand front beam, trailing arms and ball joint spindles which i can fit to my 68 bay :-)
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Post by vwJim » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:00 pm

63CorvairSplit wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:47 pm
No - thats a great explanation and makes perfect sense. I imagine that dropped spindles would receive more wear in that lower bushing and linkpin then.

Looks like if i want to do this, i'd be looking for a swap deal or to buy some recon stock spindles outright then :-)

THanks, Mike
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