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Doetsch spindle guys, please help

I took everything apart to put my spindles(suspensionmax) on only to find the upper ball joint hole at the top of the spindle almost 1/4" smaller than on the factory spindle. Rather than try to make it fit we just put the stock back on for now. My stepdad wants to just have them machined out to the right diameter but I want to make sure they are right first. I have an '03 edge. The part# on the box is 589830 and the spindle is cast FR 300(LH/RH). I need help. Please, John, Jon? anyone?
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Where did you get them?

There are two part numbers: one is for trucks with 10.25" (non-Edge) front brake rotors, and the other for trucks with 11.25" brake rotors (which inclludes Edge models). I'm not sure which part is which, but it sounds as if you might have gotten the wrong one somehow.

I'd say don't modify it -- get back to the vendor who sold it to you and tell them what you found.
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I got the suspensionmax ones off of ebay. Emailed them all the info on my truck and this is what I got.
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I'm pretty sure they sent you the wrong ones. Get back in touch with them and describe the problem and see what they say. See if Patrick is around as he seems to have some authority there.
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yeah they sent you the xlt ones, the upper ball joint shank is smaller on the xlt.
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nutz, thanks guys
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That really sucks. I was afraid of the same thing myself. I hate delays when I'm really ready to move (as I guess most people do, lol).
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I think mine were a 300, if you want me to we can hook up this weekend and take a look at them, if this is the person I am thinking it is. I will try and take a look mine, but it might be hard to do with the wheel on, and the weather sucks. I am pretty damn sure that it was a 300 though. I do know that it was a tight fit, had to hit a couple times with a rubber mallet to get it to seat in good. Just let me know.
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Yea Jon, its who you think it is, I called them, they sent the wrong ones so I'm getting new spindles and 4" blocks after the turnaround time.
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Good. Mistakes happen but I'm glad they're taking care of it. It's my first time dealing with them but they were pretty responsive to my questions and my beating them down on price a bit.
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Sweet, seems like you probley know what to do since you got the stock ones off already, just follow the pics from what John cut on his lower arm and you will be good to go. If you need any help just let me know.
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Let me know too. We could make a mini meet of this.
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Yep, cause I need to go see Leo anyways.
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Could you point me to what I need to cut, a link maybe? With the XLT spindles, other than the top ball joint not being correct it looked like everything would fit fine without causing a problem.
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I had to do this, front of the arm where the spindle bolts on:



And this, try and cut the stop off about 3/4 of the way, back of the arm:



Be ready for some cutting, we used a air powered cut off tool and it took some time.
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It's funny: I didn't have to cut the front of the arm, just that relief in the side of it.

That's some NASTY grinding I did -- I have to stop working at night...
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Mine wouldn't clear the lower arm with out cutting that. Maybe it is part of what ever changed with the brakes, because mine is an 02', and that pic is from Brian who has an 01', and you guys have 03's.
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Mine is a VERY late build (in August of 2002) '02 and it has numerous '03 parts in it. Could be I have '02 or '03 arms, don't know.

I do know I like the spindles though.
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Opps, I always thought yours was an 03', mine is an 02' as well.
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Mine pretends to be an '03 (it's sensitive about it's age -- don't tell it I said anything...)
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Well I guess mine is most like John's so John which of the pictures shows what I absolutely have to (no way around it) cut?
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For sure, you need to cut the back edge of the arm, which is what my pictures show.

Really, there's no way to know until you test fit them. Wish this was a totally simple bolt-on, but it's not. "Some assembly requirred, batteries not included" lol!
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I can't find the pics on your website john, could you point me to a page?
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They're in this topic right here on the board:

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ead.php?t=5968

Look at pages 2 and 3.
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maybe its an edge thing, but i didnt have to cut or grind ANYTHING.
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