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posted February 16, 2004 08:41 AM
What is the best way to check for a bent spindle. I think I bent my spindle where the tie rod bolts to but not sure how to check accuartley. If anyone knows any tricks please let me know

posted February 16, 2004 11:19 AM
I would prefer option # 2 TRM. That is a good idea on the spindle saver a a guage though. I am not sure if mine is a metric or not , is there a way to tell. I bought the car turn key and it looks to be a copy of a harris or something. Thanks for the info.

I measured from the rotor on both sides and the right is deffinatley different than the left , I didnt know what it was before the crash though so I wasnt sure if they were supposed to be that way.

thanks for the info so far guys. does anyone know if they should be the same on both sides or are they different from the factory for steering geometry??


posted February 16, 2004 07:39 PM
If you set the toe-in before the race (and you should have) check it again; if its different, something is bent.
Metric spindles and ball joints are easily bent. I've never tried the spindle savers, but I think they are a great idea if they work, even once.

posted February 16, 2004 07:46 PM
Measure from tierod hole back to ball joint every time....if i remember its around 6 1/2 or 7...been awhile since i ran em...but easy way to tell!!!

posted February 16, 2004 08:30 PM
the left and right sides are not the same length. check each side to a know good one from the same side as the one you are checking.



posted February 17, 2004 08:10 AM
has anyone ever had any luck straightening these on a press. Does this work once or twice without fatiging the metal to bad?/ just wondered if anyone had ever tried this.

Thanks for all the info guys I do appreciate it.

posted February 17, 2004 08:14 AM
If your spindle is bent, get a new one. you might be able to press it back, but it will have a week spot(where it bent the first time for sure). you will be gambling it may work but chances are it will bend back in a short time.
also a good way to check a spindle(this does not check the steering arm) but make a screw in deal that goes from the bottom hole to the top, they should line up perfectly. Sometimes you can bend one there and it is hard to see, but that is a good way to check it.

posted February 17, 2004 08:48 AM
Checking toe or camber settings will tell if anything is bent from your original settings.
If you clean and paint the spindle the paint will flake off at the spot the spindle bends.This is usually a good indicator the spindle is bent at a glance.Spindle savers work on the steering arms but,these metric spindles also bend on the upright(between the ball joints) on a side impact.

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