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Re: Dakota spindles on 73 clubcab done (almost) [Re: Cheeto] #54164
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Ramblebee, pic looks like your "scrub line" is illegal. Be very wary of getting as blowout or pulled over by a finicky officer.




Unless the laws have changed I dont think there is a scrub line requirement in Texas,(and they may have changed).The requirement is that headlights are 24"-54" from ground and taillamps 15"-72" from ground.We can get away with some seriously lifted trucks here too.Im an ex cop myself but this could have changed Ive been out for five years.

Re: Dakota spindles on 73 clubcab done (almost) [Re: ramblebee] #54165
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Re: Dakota spindles on 73 clubcab done (almost) #54166
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Not really anything to pass on.Im finished with the spindle swap.My truck had the "Dodge lean".It sat about a half inch lower on the driver side.I machined a 1/2" thick teflon spacer and placed it under the spring in the control arm pocket.Drove it a little today to settle everything and all is good.

Guys if you are driving around with cut coils you should look into doing this.It drives awesome.

Ive ordered a set of 390/40/17 m&h drag radials for the rear.Narrowing up a D60.These tires will be about 2" taller than what is on it now So its going to need to come down a little more in the rear.

If anyone needs help with the spindle swap let me know.

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Re: Dakota spindles on 73 clubcab done (almost) [Re: ramblebee] #54167
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ramblebee, how does it turn? do the front tires rub on the frame or anything else? is it noticeably quicker in ratio? awesome work! JP.


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Re: Dakota spindles on 73 clubcab done (almost) [Re: funkyjbp] #54168
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ramblebee, how does it turn? do the front tires rub on the frame or anything else? is it noticeably quicker in ratio? awesome work! JP.



It does steer quicker,which I think is another benefit of the swap.I have not had any rubbing issues with tire to frame.I did have some rubbing on driver side inner fender before I fixed the lean. One thing to note with this swap is that there is no steering stop on the Dak spindle.But the end of strut rod (which contacts the steering stop on the stock spindle) contacts the caliper bracket with the Dak spindles.It makes for alot tighter turning radius.Ive kicked around the idea of fabbing up a steering stop to mount onto the lower control arm.But to be honest I dont know if its worth the time Ive had no tire to frame issues.Looks like I need to take a few more pics huh.

Re: Dakota spindles on 73 clubcab done (almost) [Re: ramblebee] #54169
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Excellent, thanks for the update. How tall are your front tires?

Im still waiting for my spindles to get here.


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Re: Dakota spindles on 73 clubcab done (almost) [Re: 85_Ram_4speed] #54170
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My tires are 255/50/17 and are about 26.5" tall.I just went out to take afew pics of clearances.It looks like if there is going to be a rubbing issue it will be with tire to strut rod.My tires will contact the strut rod way before the tire hits frame or the calliper hits the stop.But let me say that this takes a seriously sharp turn to do this,you would probably never have to turn this sharp during routine driving on the street.I have yet to rub the strut rods turning normally and backing in out of driveway.But you do have a heck of a turning radius if you want it.Here is pics

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Re: Dakota spindles on 73 clubcab done (almost) [Re: ramblebee] #54171
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Here is frame clearance with wheels turned in previous pic.

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Re: Dakota spindles on 73 clubcab done (almost) [Re: ramblebee] #54172
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Do you have any worries about using a 17" wheel up front I have read that anything larger than a 15" or a different offset than factory will put stress on the Dak drop spindles and may cause them to fail.

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Do you have any worries about using a 17" wheel up front I have read that anything larger than a 15" or a different offset than factory will put stress on the Dak drop spindles and may cause them to fail.


Well Ive also heard that, but the R/T Dakotas have 17" wheels from the factory.I dont think they ever expected these spindles to be mounted on a 73 D100 either but they are now.And I doubt Dodge would ever advocate cutting the coils on thier trucks but its done all the time.There are alot of things we do as hot rodders that make the designers cringe but it hasnt stopped us yet.Ill take my chances for the benefit of better (and in my opinion safer) ride.

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I agree with you I want to run 17 or 18" on the front of my truck thats why I ask.

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Here is a little better pic of turning radius.These pics are against the strut rod.I cant ever remember having to turn this sharp in normal driving situations.You have more than enough clearance for a daily driver.More so than alot of lifted oversize tired 4wds.(Ive had those too).

Re: Dakota spindles on 73 clubcab done (almost) [Re: ramblebee] #54176
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Re: Dakota spindles on 73 clubcab done (almost) [Re: ramblebee] #54177
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Ramble, that is one HOT looking truck! I like the blacked out hood and rear tail stripe!

I have a quick question if I may, what is the OFF-SET of the rims front and rear? I am looking to do a little less drop on my `72 D100 (2/3) but I would like to use a 17" rim instead of the steelie 16"s on it now. Thanks!


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Re: Dakota spindles on 73 clubcab done (almost) [Re: amixon] #54178
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Ramble, that is one HOT looking truck! I like the blacked out hood and rear tail stripe!
@@@ ya that is a nice truck.
I ordered a set of drop cotrol arms and stock springs from Mid America Customs they offer the bolt on lowering kit here in the forum I will let everyone know how the parts are when I recieve them.

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I finally got my truck home. It was the first time I drove since the wreck. From center hub to bottom fender lip is at 13". Im running 15" wheels with 215/75/15 in front and 235/75/15 rear. Ill try to get pics of it asap. This truck is basically a mule truck meaning lowering ideas will first be done to this one to se how it goes. I only paid $225 for the truck and Had to do the front suspension so I lowered it while I had it apart. Ramble how far off the ground is your crossmember and Front bumper? Thanks and Very SWEET Truck. Mines a beater so itll never be that nice.

Re: Dakota spindles on 73 clubcab done (almost) [Re: 76dodgeboy] #54180
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My spindles came in yesterday, but i have to finish the exaust first. According to what has been written, the only other thing i may need to do the swap on my '85 is tie rod sleeves.


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I decided that I want to sell the Dak drop spindles that I got from Aim, I want to buy a set of Bell Tech's to replace them with. If anyone is interested I would price them right. I have only mocked up one side the other spindle has never been on a truck.

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I decided that I want to sell the Dak drop spindles that I got from Aim, I want to buy a set of Bell Tech's to replace them with. If anyone is interested I would price them right. I have only mocked up one side the other spindle has never been on a truck.




If you already have a set of Drop spindles why sell them to buy another set? Is there something special/different about them?


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I decided that I want to sell the Dak drop spindles that I got from Aim, I want to buy a set of Bell Tech's to replace them with. If anyone is interested I would price them right. I have only mocked up one side the other spindle has never been on a truck.




If you already have a set of Drop spindles why sell them to buy another set?
Is there something special/different about them?


1975 Ramcharger 6" lift 35" Mud Terrains 8 lug 44 front, 60 rear. (R.I.P.)
1976 D100 lowered 3" & 5" Now with a 440!!! (sold)
On the hunt for another beauty to build.
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