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Dropped spindles on an IFS, yes or no #1342670 Sat Jan 18 2020 06:40 AM
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I've read where adding dropped spindles on an IFS will actually be around 4" plus or minus. Stock spindles will supposedly get you 2 to 3" lower than the original front suspension. I'm shooting for a level lowered look...I don't want the front bumper on my '50 3100 unable to clear a speed bump if I encounter one. (Plan on running 18' rear wheels and 17" front, 3" lowering blocks already installed on the 10 bolt).

Re: Dropped spindles on an IFS, yes or no [Re: Rocket man] #1342696 Sat Jan 18 2020 03:10 PM
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Go ahead- - - - -you probably can't make the suspension and steering much worse than it already is.
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Re: Dropped spindles on an IFS, yes or no [Re: Rocket man] #1342699 Sat Jan 18 2020 03:22 PM
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You should really do your homework. In a previous post you discussed using a drop front axle, now drop spindles and IFS. I personally I'm not opposed to either, you just need to consider budget, time, amount of work involved and last your overall end result. A quality IFS isn't cheap, there are a lot of kits out there that cut corners and leave you fighting with the geometry. With your idea of using larger tires and wheels an IFS may be the right choice, large tires and wheels require better steering and brakes... A drop axle is still an "I" beam, there are only so many options for up grades.... I kept the straight axle for reason of budget and the overall look. I do most of my own fabricating so that was also a factor. In the end it's entirely you choice. This is of course just my thoughts on the matter.

P.S. You should post this in the HIPO forum, you would have many more responses there.

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Re: Dropped spindles on an IFS, yes or no [Re: Rocket man] #1342710 Sat Jan 18 2020 04:00 PM
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Hotrod...in what way?

Re: Dropped spindles on an IFS, yes or no [Re: Rocket man] #1342793 Sun Jan 19 2020 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Rocket man
Hotrod...in what way?


If you accepted PM someone could answer your question ?

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Re: Dropped spindles on an IFS, yes or no [Re: Rocket man] #1342805 Sun Jan 19 2020 03:55 PM
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Rocket man, the HiPo Forum covers modifying your truck from original. You have indicated a desire to drop the front end, IFS, lowering blocks, staggered tire sizes and a non stock rear end. That is what the guys are referring to as “Hot Rod”. Hope this explains it better. Keep on truckin!


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Re: Dropped spindles on an IFS, yes or no [Re: Rocket man] #1342807 Sun Jan 19 2020 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Rocket man
Hotrod...in what way?


I taught steering and suspension theory and repair, and wheel alignment, for over 30 years. I also built dirt track race cars, starting with a pile of square tubing and a MIG welder. I wouldn't attempt the modifications you're suggesting. Maybe you've got more automotive engineering knowledge than I do? I certainly hope so.
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Re: Dropped spindles on an IFS, yes or no [Re: Rocket man] #1342837 Sun Jan 19 2020 07:54 PM
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Look at my truck in the gallery. It has an AMC pacer front IFS and 2" lowered springs from Eaton Detroit springs. The front in the picture was lowered 2" more than the Eaton springs by cutting them. A big mistake and scraped gravel on gravel roads. I replaced the front springs back to the Eaton 2" drop offerings. As it is today.


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Re: Dropped spindles on an IFS, yes or no [Re: Rocket man] #1342845 Sun Jan 19 2020 08:51 PM
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Dropped spindles on a Heidts style crossmember will give you closer to a 5" drop. Depending on who you buy from it could be more or less. Some places like Fatman, Gayleco, Street Rod Engineering, etc... can build you a unit based on what you want. Don't forget about what type of tire you are planning on running. The old bias ply can range from 30-32" tall, whereas most radials are much shorter



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Re: Dropped spindles on an IFS, yes or no [Re: WE b OLD] #1342925 Mon Jan 20 2020 12:19 PM
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I like the look of your stance. I assume you haven't "tubbed out" your box. If not, I'm curious as to how wide and offset of a rear wheel are you using? In addition, are you using the same diameter wheels front and back?

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