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Author Topic:   bending metric spindles
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 369
posted March 01, 2005 10:53 PM  
i have been bending metric spindles on my monte (81-88) i am using the stock balljoints are there better ones to use or am i stuck replacing spindles all season long.
i have 5 x 4 3/4 pattern and don't want to buy new wheels


oh yea if you haven't figured it out i turn both directions LOL figure 8's forever

do the spindle savers work or are they a waste of money ???

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Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 874
posted March 01, 2005 11:53 PM  
You'll want to run the spindle savers, double them up, and weld them together... the ball joints have nothing to do with you bending spindles

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted March 02, 2005 07:41 AM  
I ran the spindle savers this year and never had to replace the spindles all year.

I ruined a couple of wheels, but never bent the spindles.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 369
posted March 02, 2005 02:48 PM  
thanks lot guys

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Dirt Roller

Total posts: 9
posted March 02, 2005 04:00 PM  
we always had trouble bending upper a-frames.we finally cut a piece of 1/8" plate and welded inside of a-frame on the sides. no more bent a-frames.

Big Dad
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 97
posted March 02, 2005 06:48 PM  
we alway ran with the spindle savers and never lost a spindle. You can also change and run a heavier ball joint but you'll have to ream out the tapers. The upper control arms should be renforced. I've spent many years in figure 8 demo derbies, not quite the same speeds but just as much fun. If you need any more info let me know and I'll try to help the best I can.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 123
posted March 02, 2005 10:15 PM  
knock on wood i have never bent a spindle but i did bend 3 up a-arms last season then i got some rebar and went around the outside of the a-arm and have not bent 1 since. always keep a spare on hand though just in also if u go to a carprice classic 80-81 not sure of any other year of hand but they had bigger heaver spindles. they r a little taller but they r also stronger i have a set to put on my 81 monte and there the same bolt pattern.


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