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Spindle lift...

i just had a few questions before i get doestch spindles for my truck. well has anyone had any problems with doestch spindles? not talkin about the people that jump there truck either ha, for the most part i have read they are the best spindles to get, any opinion?
will i need an alignment once i put them on?
i will be running 31s and jus wondered if these will make things wear out a lot faster cus im not plannin on lifting the back exept maybe swap out 2.5" for 3" lift block int eh rear but probaly not.
also will these make my tires stick out any farther?
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Get Fabtech spindles, there the best

Yes on the alignment

31's will look way to small
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I say get pro comp spindles, fabtech and doestech I have both snapped snouts on.

No bueno.
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Get Fabtech spindles, there the best

Yes on the alignment

31's will look way to small
all iv read fabtech's are the worst and they are very expensive of what iv seen.
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ya i know but are spindles gunna wear things out a lot faster or not by much?
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I say get pro comp spindles, fabtech and doestech I have both snapped snouts on.

No bueno.
i dont see any procomp ones for sale anywhere. i see fabtechs fail but i hvent reallly seen doestch ones. people said for extra strenth i could get the stock ones pressed in the new spindles. usually the failed ones i see are from people jumping ha
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You shouldn't wear anything else out. Maybe with stock uppers it will put more stress on the ball joints but it shouldn't be too bad for just daily driving. I have the stock uppers on mine for a while and it was fine and I wheeled it hard. After that I got the fabtech uppers.
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ok sweet! ill probably go with the doetsch spindles cus they are fairly cheaper. i know that i wouldnt break my spindles if i got fbtechs cus i dont do dumbs**t in my truck or off road it hard but doetsch are jsut less money
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You get what you pay for.
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ehh after reading everything seems like more people are happy with doetsch ones but the people that broke them could have been beating them up. also more money for fabtechs cus they are 3.5" lift and doestsch ones are 3"
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Read the warranty info.

http://www.shocksandsuspension.com/guarantee.htm
http://www.autoaccessoriesgarage.com...le-Lift-System

Lifetime vs limited


And I'm not trying to sell one over the other just giving you all the info.
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true, but i dont really wanna spend another 100, thanks for the info tho man!
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I did a ton of research before I bought mine, I went with Doetschs. And yeah 31s are tiny for that lift. You will need 33s.
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I did a ton of research before I bought mine, I went with Doetschs. And yeah 31s are tiny for that lift. You will need 33s.
ya i allready had to but i just had those other questions aswell. how do you like yours? do you do any off roading with them?

they will be pretty small but i dont need 33s, would just look better with them. ill be lookin CL but i wont be buyin new if at all cus my 31s are brand new pretty much
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They are fine, you don't notice any difference in ride at all. No offroading experience with them, I wouldn't personally. You need to paint them before install, they are bare metal when they come. I would do ball joints and UCAs while you have it all apart. New bearings and rotors if you haven't already. With the Edge you will need brake stoppers or something other wise at full clock the LCA will push the brake caliper and you lose braking on the wheel you are turning toward.
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Is the brakin lose real bad? I rarely turn my wheel all the way cus I'm always worried I'm gunna bust a power steerin line haha. Im lost reading this now I need to get to bed ha I'll read it tomorrow
Do these stick my tires out anymore than they already are?
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No back spacing is unchanged.

Not sure about braking loss because I have an XLT so I don't have that issue. Ask Korey? They sell stoppers to fix it.
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i kinda wish they stuck out more but o well, i didn read somewhere, and this guy could have been wrong, but he just said about getting spindles and the guy asking questions was also getting doetsch spindles and one guy said that doetsch and fabtechs make it stick out while pro comps dont. which is kinda weird if its true cus they all should be pretty much exact. just saying ha

got a couple friends with spindles and they said that th brakes hit the A arm and compress it. You just grind it down till it doesn't hit.
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i kinda wish they stuck out more but o well, i didn read somewhere, and this guy could have been wrong, but he just said about getting spindles and the guy asking questions was also getting doetsch spindles and one guy said that doetsch and fabtechs make it stick out while pro comps dont. which is kinda weird if its true cus they all should be pretty much exact. just saying ha

got a couple friends with spindles and they said that th brakes hit the A arm and compress it. You just grind it down till it doesn't hit.
ProComp no longer makes spindles for the Ranger. In fact they never did. The ProComp branded spindles of the past were cast by doetsch tech and sold under ProComp's name. Doetsch tech also cast the suspension max branded spindles (if they're still in business).

Basically there are only the Fabtech's and Doetsch tech's.....that's it as far as entry level stuff.

You can run stock wheels with the Doetsch spindles but not the Fabtechs (Some claim you can run stockers with Fabtechs, but personally its to close for comfort). They both widen your wheel base, the Doetsch spindles just slightly less.

FWIW I ran the ProComp branded spindles on mine for a few years and then sold them off to another member of the board and AFAIK they are still working fine.

The spindle snout itself is not as strong as the stock one on any of the aftermarket spindles so don't expect it to hold up to anything crazy, if you want that then go with Camburg. Camburgs do in fact re-use your stock spindle snout, which is part of the reason they are so strong.
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sweet thanks for the info man!
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Yeah Springtech and Suspension Max ones on eBay are just Doetsch spindles.

I didn't mention the stock wheel stuff since you have Cragers so I assumed you would reuse those.

The spindle snout weakness stuff is why I wouldn't offroad at all with them.

You could possibly put your stock snout onto the lift spindle. On mine it's just 4 Allen style bolts that hold it on.
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cool and ya ill be using my cragars still so no worries there.

i wll be doin goff roadin but i am really gental with it off roading and dont do any stupid sh**

suprised it isnt anything bigger and stronger holdin them on
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I have doestech spindles. I have no complaints. My ball joints wear out faster since I cranked the t-bars, but not really cause of the spindles. I don't off road much any more, but I never when I did I never did anything rough with them. Why are you only going to lift the rear half of an inch? you should get a set of Chevy drop shackles or a set of AAL's for the back. IMO I think it's going to look stupid with the front in the air and the rear sitting stock.
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sweeet! ya i wont be crankin my bars which is another reason i wanted to get spindles and not a body lift. well i want the front higher than the front than that back but ill judge how much i wanna lift the rear once i get the spindles :)
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If you go with the shackles I think that will give you the look you want.
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ya ill be checkem out for sure. i would love to get 33s also....but then i would need to get 4.10s and that is to much :(
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He wants the Bulldog look that most of us Florida people like..
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