Drop Spindles from Firm Feel

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    Yikes !
     
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    Zymurgy Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Wow, don't see too many of the guys here spending that kind of money. :rofl:
     
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    WOW!
     
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    bnz84 Active Member

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    I'll split it with someone and then lower the other side in a few years.:D
     
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    :wideyed: At $1,450 I don't think there's gonna be very many sold.
     
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    You have to recover R&D costs somehow, but at that money, it'll be a while, I believe.
     
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    To me they look like drum brake spindles, not disc.
     
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    Good point...only way to know for certain is ask, I guess.
     
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    Good to know.
    what if ill chage lower ball joints from another body type?
     
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    The other body styles are about 2/3's the length of a "C" body. This would throw your steering way out of whack.
     
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    I just checked some lower ball joint pictures on google and it looks like B and E body disc brake ball joints are that 2/3 or maby even 1/2 of the orginal c-body ball joint, but if you look A body ball joint with drums thats seems to be about the same lenght of stock c-body with drums..
    Also i dont mind if the tie rod end is little bit closer to spindle.
    I think it just steers faster and more, but stock location would still be optimal for my application.
     
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    if a dakota spindle can be used on a C body then a dakota dropped spindle could be used-------the dakota drop spindle also used on D150 and vans with no problem-----i put a dakota clip on my 50 hudson with drop spindle........i have only heard the dakota spindle can work----never worked one---may never try to work one....
     
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    Wow , get drop spindles for a Firm Feel of your wallet.
     
  17. Mike66Chryslers

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    Someone on FB claims to have done a Dakota spindle conversion, and there was a thread on here discussing it, but no definitive conclusion of whether it's a good idea or what parts/modifications are needed to make it work.
    C-body Dakota Front Disc Brake Swap
     
  18. MrMoparCHP

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    The problem I have with dropped spindles on a Mopar is you are messing with the geometry. With this and other dropped spindles you are moving the ball joints closer together, that must have an impact somewhere.

    I have a friend that made a dropped spindle for his 68 Barracuda, he also "dropped" the lower control arm. What he did was cut the end of the control arm just inside the ball joint gimble attaching rivets. He then welded a plate over the end of the control arm then welding the cut off portion back on with the same offset of the dropped spindle.


    Alan
     
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    I've talked to the boys at firm feel several times.
    I dont think they would knowingly sell anything that wasnt tested.
    The picture on their site is clearer
    "JRR Spindles + company" is engraved in the spindle.
    I never had time to search JRR
    Something tells me firm feel is middle man
     
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  20. Mike66Chryslers

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    I don't follow you. If these are new parts where they're relocating the axle shaft up on the spindle relative to the attachment points, i.e. keeping the top where the upper balljoint attaches and the lower holes where the lower balljoint/arm attaches in the same locations, then the balljoints aren't any closer together than stock.

    There was someone that was selling a C-body disc conversion kit using B-body spindles, which would have had alignment problems such as you're describing.

    Funny thing is, these look like drum spindles, not disc spindles. My guess is they expect you to use these in conjunction with someone's drum-to-disc conversion kit.

    In looking for pictures of spindles I came across a helpful forum post where someone measured the dimensions of several Mopar spindles.

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