Dropped spindles why not???

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    So why does it seem everyone hates dropped spindles?
    my Dad is really old school and has played cars his whole life,
    I ask him and he said back in the day you only had lowered or cut springs cause you couldnt afford spindles, they were a $$ rich $$ man's game.
    So as to my question Dropped spindles why not???
     
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    depending on how wide your wheels are you could run into tie rod end issues...
    for example 2" drops on a S-10 and C5 wagon wheels won't work...
     
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    that thread referenced just has a bunch of contradictions. Some people say the drop spindles cause bumpsteer issues, some say it doesn't. It's not like anyone has ever plotted bump vs. toe on a stock suspension vs the same suspension with the only change being a drop spindle, and shown that to be true. It looks like the drop spring is just a cheap and effective-enough way to get the job done.
     
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    to me with the logic of both seem to have there issues, springs vs spindles
    Why not try both say 1" dropped spindle 1" lowered spring??
    maybe going 2" on just one is why the geometry goes awry,
    dont think they sell 1" spindles do they?
     
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    I had a set of drop spindels on one of my camaros and it limits your wheel selction
     
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    Where are all the guys saying drop/after market spindles snap and kill people??
     
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    Apologies I thought that link had more info than it did
     
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    I will state that during the 90's drop spindles were the craze for the sport truck market. Many of the copycats that came after Bell Tech, were not properly forging their knuckles. The spuds were sometimes manufactured with inferior metals that would not be treated properly and sometimes were not truely forged to begin with.

    The good or better drop spindles were two piece construction where the spud was a forged piece that was machined and heat treated, then pressed into the knuckle. Later and cheaper versions were done as a complete casting and machined on 5-axis mills but would fracture at the joint where the spud was radiused to the knuckle.

    Even more were made off shore and sold under different brand names and created the problems you have read about.

    I know of a few brands that I have actually had experience with, that we've replaced or used a different brand all together. I will not publically name companies but you will know how they are if you contact them to purchase and ask about a warranty, and there is none or if there is one, it is very little protection for you or your vehicle...
     

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