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eBay Spindle compatability ?

not sure how this will fly but heres a shot....

so im not way loaded and i want about 5.5 - 6 inches of lift on my 04 4x2 edge.

i found these on ebay
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/98-05...rdZ1QQtcZphoto

and it doesn't really say that they are the doetsch spindles so im assuming they are not. says they will fit. does anyone recomend it for the 3 inches and then i can add the fabtech performance spring 2.5" to it and get the same as the 5.5" fabtech kit cheaper? or maybe procomp. or doetsch....

sounds confusing but essentially i just want to save on the spindles or on the spring/ arm kit or whatever and if its compatable i dont mind mixing brands.

what i wanna know is do you guys trust these and are all these spindle kits pretty interchangeable and compatible.

ULTIMATELY i want the wheels to sit out slightly like fabtech spindles sit but i dont want to pay up the hole for the extra 3.5-3 inches

im in san diego and im going to try installing it with some friends i just need a good combination of parts under say 500...ahh! oh yah and aftermarket wheels wont go on yet so hopefully the stock wheels can fit for a while until chance at that comes around


can anyone suggest anything to this idiot??
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Those won't fit your truck. They're for coil-sprung older Rangers.

They look just like Doetsch, though.

I'm using Doetsch on my 02 4x2 Edge and though there are some "gotcha's" in the install, they work fine. Full turning radius isn't quite acheivable though because of brake caliper clearance problems -- but other than that, they're a great, cheap way to lift.

Edit: Just re-read it. I guess the auction is for a pair and you SPECIFY which kind you need. Sorry about that. Further down they show the picture and have 98-00 and the "includes Edge" is in VERY small print.

The 4x2 Edge spindles use the 4x4 upper ball joints which have a bigger stud, so the "normal" 4x2 spindles don't fit your truck. Make SURE you specify the correct ones.

There are posts on here about install Doetsch spindles -- READ AND DO! If you don't grind the lower control arms properly, you'll have issues.
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Here's some info:

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

Catching my mistake when I did balljoints: https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ead.php?t=7200
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Doetche-Tech spindles are the only spindles you will see besides Fabtech spindles, for Edge Rangers. No matter what the label is, Pro-Comp, Bullseye, Bulletproof, etc. they are all cast by Doetche as the rights to cast them were bought out by DT a while back from Bullseye Manufacturing.
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im 99% sure that stock wheels will not work with these spindles so you will need to have them ready to go when you do your lift
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I think stock wheels do work with the Doetsch design that is UNLIKE the Fabtech design. In fact, the Doetsch designed spindles tell you NOT to use aftermarket wheels, believe it or not!

Even though DT makes all of them, there are two fundementally different designs and one is shaped differently than the other.
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The only reason for the different castings are that some of the left over Bullseye casts are still out there being sold, while the re-designed DT casts are being sold as well, hence two designs.
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Well, the Bullseye's appear to be the ones that have problems with stock wheels, from what I can see.
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That's why DT took over the casting. When they did, they re-designed the snout position and a few other structural imperfections that Bullseye overlooked. The DT-cast spindles are easier to work with stock steering and stops and you don't have as much of a problem ( I still noticed a tiny bit when I had the DT spindles on, though not much) with the stock rim backspacing. I didn't know it at the time of buying them when I installed them that I fortunately did get the DT-cast ones, which I agree with you John that they are a much better design.

Looking back I sure have learned a lot in the 2.5 years since I did that, sorta freaky . . .
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everyone is saying not to go with fabtech..my biggest reason for it is just the wide stance...do doetsch or pro comp compare (stance wise) and will i notice it going with 15x8 wheels and a 3 and half inch backspace. doetsch is significantly cheaper in price and if i sit as wide id deffffffinitly get those.

and RF rules! everyone has been a good help so far in my noob times.
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That's why DT took over the casting. When they did, they re-designed the snout position and a few other structural imperfections that Bullseye overlooked. The DT-cast spindles are easier to work with stock steering and stops and you don't have as much of a problem ( I still noticed a tiny bit when I had the DT spindles on, though not much) with the stock rim backspacing. I didn't know it at the time of buying them when I installed them that I fortunately did get the DT-cast ones, which I agree with you John that they are a much better design.

Looking back I sure have learned a lot in the 2.5 years since I did that, sorta freaky . . .
Hey, you were one of the "pioneers" on that around here, lol. I'm a Johnny-come-lately to the spindle lift game...
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im lost *scratching head*
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