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Author Topic:   pinto spindles vs metric
posted November 11, 2003 09:57 PM
heights are different. The steering arm on the metric is longer and thereby weaker. tends to bend or twist sometimes.

posted November 12, 2003 08:36 AM
Does anyone have a drawing for the metric spindle savers? I would like to build some for my car

posted November 12, 2003 06:49 PM
There is one on his metric picture. It would be pretty easy to make some.

posted November 13, 2003 01:15 PM
does anyone make these spindle savers and where do you get them

posted November 13, 2003 02:20 PM
Speedway carries them. I think around $24.00 each.

Majic Maker
posted November 14, 2003 03:41 PM
By running pinto spindles you will add 1 percent of Rearweight.

posted November 20, 2003 04:40 PM
The only difference between a pinto spindle and a metric spindle is the strength of it. A metric spinle won't give you the headache of a pinto spindle. Just don't power slam into each other and a metric spindle will work fine and a lot cheeper.

nate 11
posted November 20, 2003 07:29 PM
you can get them at day motorsport, support the forum sponsors.... later

posted November 20, 2003 09:27 PM
Last year in our limited mod class, pinto spindles were not allowed. This year we can run them ONLY if we add 25lbs in front of the engine plate & low on the frame because, according to our promoter, the pinto spindles and the rotors that you run with them would be too much of a weight advantage (more rear % without adding weight)over the cars with metric spindles. Is he just blowing smoke up our wazoos?

posted November 21, 2003 08:12 AM
Maybe something to think about. Metric spindles are many and cheap. If you hit them hard they will bend easier then the pinto. Having a bend point little the spindle may save you from having to spend more money on ball joints and control arms.

posted November 21, 2003 11:48 AM
boas51, that's what I thought,major smoke! That same promoter said that Dirt Works, (that's what we run), builds their basic cars with metric front end parts & that the pinto stuff is just an option. I found out from DW that was also not true. I'm starting to see a pattern here.

posted November 21, 2003 04:06 PM
If you have the corrected front end on the dirtworks the metric spindal will not work i know i tried it the front wheels will toe in during bump

posted November 22, 2003 12:28 AM
Here's the truth. The pinto spindle is by far and away a better spindle. It is compact and virtually bullitt proof. The metric is weaker and slower. We actually "weighed" the options several years ago when we switched from a Pro car to a DW. The metric can be put together lighter with the right parts. But, that's not the big difference. The steering arm ratio is much faster on the pinto spindle. Xhubby, that sounds like another one of them "jet" rules.

posted November 22, 2003 06:26 AM
Please excuse some very basic Q's here.

I LOVE fast steering. I run a 12-1 box with a 2-1 quickener, and I would love it to be faster. Sounds like the Pinto Spindle can do this. I currently run a Metric Clip, Metric Spindles (no idea which ones, I think the last pair were 78 something) with a 85 Monte Carlo drag link with rods with heims to the Spindles.

Is going to the Pinto Spindles the easiest way to speed the steering up some ? What else would I have to change ? What does it do to the roll centers ? I want to run with UMP at Volusia during Speedweeks, are they legal there ? And are Mustang 2's the same?

My spindles are both bent now, was gonna replace them before Speedweeks, but I'm not a front end guy, I don't want to screw something up. Any advice here would be welcome, thanks.

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posted November 22, 2003 09:07 AM
madmodshoe, hey guy whats shaken? I think your right. Last year, our promoter had a law suit filed against him for not allowing a paticular transmission to be run at our track. I feel he is trying to do the same thing in our limited class with chassis brands (he's real tight with Jet), by putting rules in there to deterr people from buying other brands. It aint gonna work here!If I could afford a newer DW, I'd buy one with the pinto front end, add the 25lbs, & go kick some jet mod **** . LOL catch ya later Steve. Have a good Thanksgiving.

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