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Doetsch spindle LCA cutting question

Truck: 2WD 2006 Sport

Hi guys, I went with the Doetsch 3" spindle lift and have the right side (passenger side) spindle on. I radiused the "nose" of the lower control arm like people do for Fabtech spindles (shown in red) but it appears that maybe I didn't need to? The only interference in turning radius seems like it occurs on the back of the control arm (shown in blue) if I were to make a hard turn to the right. Where did you guys with Doetsch lift kits cut your LCA's to give you a decent turn radius? I read N3elz thread but the pictures were expired.

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its attached to your rod mother lickah!
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i have some and i cut on the red and blue and my turning radius is still big....i guess i need to cut more...
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Thanks you fuzzy little manpeach, I figured I'd cut both to be safe but I didn't want to chop anything I didn't have to.
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please say you arent a UNC graduate/student...or part of the Wal Mart nation
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i didnt know doetsch made spindles for trucks with torsion bar front ends
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Wal Mart Nation? I dunno about that. I work for UNC, went to school back home in Texas, moved out here 1.5 years ago. I'm guessing you're a State fan since you like off roading? Lol j/k. Chapel Hill seems like it's where hippies go to die from what I've seen so far. Great outdoor opportunities out here though, hunting/fishing/camping-wise
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Yes Doetsch makes spindles for the Edge/Sport Rangers, if you get them specify you want AAL or a drop shackle because they'll send you another 2" block if you don't (that's what happened to me).
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Thanks for posting those Jpro. I've made the cut shown, and cut off the stop. There's place kind of down under the bump stop I could cut away to let the spindle turn a little tighter, I think I'm gonna notch that out like S-10 Killers talking about.
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that weakens the $h*t out of that arm... i would not want to jump that or romp it hardcore..... ive had the fabtech and the others and the fabtech are WAY WAY WAY better in my opinion... thats just my 2 cents... well worth the money ....
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Fabtechs are the ones that specifically say to cut the A-arm though. Plus I'm past debating which spindle is better as I already have one side on haha. I do agree with you about weakening the A-arm, I'll leave the Fabtech cut for now and hold off on doing anymore.

Edit: I went with Doetsch because: 1. I don't want to buy new wheels 2. I don't want the front wheels to bug out

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Wal Mart Nation? I dunno about that. I work for UNC, went to school back home in Texas, moved out here 1.5 years ago. I'm guessing you're a State fan since you like off roading? Lol j/k. Chapel Hill seems like it's where hippies go to die from what I've seen so far. Great outdoor opportunities out here though, hunting/fishing/camping-wise
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Yes Doetsch makes spindles for the Edge/Sport Rangers, if you get them specify you want AAL or a drop shackle because they'll send you another 2" block if you don't (that's what happened to me).
haha, my vehicle does not do any off roading any more..but yes, i am a State fan and student...guess you wouldnt understand wal mart nation then..

good luck with the truck and check out the events section for a meet coming up the first of june at jordan lake!
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that weakens the $h*t out of that arm... i would not want to jump that or romp it hardcore..... ive had the fabtech and the others and the fabtech are WAY WAY WAY better in my opinion... thats just my 2 cents... well worth the money ....

I'm not saying it is good for the a-arm, yes it probably does weaken it some, but the MAIN problem WE HAVE is that our ball joint 'walks' in the space. It becomes warped and loose in the ball joint opening.

And 2wd torsion bar trucks ALL have to cut for spindles, 2wd coil suspension do NOT.
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Ahhh I gotcha. I didn't know coiled Rangers didn't have to. I just warped the puller trying to get the lower LBJ off the last spindle....I've tried heat and everything...I think I need a bigger puller. I'll post pics when I'm done.
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