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Spindle gusset question

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Redgrom, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Jan 6, 2012 at 5:58 PM
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    Redgrom

    Redgrom [OP] http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-builds/29

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    Found lots of info on spindles when I searched but have a question about gussets for a 4x4. Was told by a local shop that welding on gussets would not add strength because the heat from the weld would weaken the metal? By the way the shop/company makes spindles so I kind of believe them. Anyone feel otherwise? Just trying to beef up a few week spots before they break at a bad time, like 300 miles from home with no cell service in Mexico :D
    Thanks
     
  2. Jan 6, 2012 at 6:04 PM
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    They only make them for 2wd, they talked me out of spending $$?
     
  3. Jan 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM
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    Redgrom [OP] http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-builds/29

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    But thanks for the reply. Good to know its not a common issue with gussets.
     
  4. Jan 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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    The stock spindle is no different on a prerunner than on a 4x4. Gussets will not weaken the spindle. Lift spindles only work on 2WD.

    No one makes an aftermarket spindle for the 4x4's (SDHQ has done a few one off's, but no production). Total Chaos makes weld it yourself spindle gussets. Highly recommend using them.
     
  5. Jan 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM
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    It's a difference of opinions, Spindles are believed to keep the them from bending as Aaron (Blackhawke88) experienced at Superstition last year (I think that's when it was) when he hit a big ditch. It's a "what if" situation, as some think with gusseted spindles it wouldn't have bent, but the energy/load needs to go somewhere so it can/is possible it would get transferred to another point possibly causing more damage/harm then good. I don't know the exact properties of the spindles but I'm pretty sure they're Cast Iron which means they require special treatment/technique for welding on properly.

    I personally have gusseted spindles (which were just plain old MIG welded), not sure how much they do, but I'm sure they do give added bending strength, whether not it's a good/helpful thing I don't know exactly :cool:
     
  6. Jan 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM
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    I'm pretty much in the group Duck911 espoused - might as well let the spindles be the weak point. They're relatively inexpensive and relatively quick to replace. PLus, you can drive home on a bent spindle. You can't drive home on a busted control arm.

    Spare spindle sets can be had on the web for $50 to $100 + shipping, and it's not too bad of a job at all to remove/replace them.
     
  7. Jan 6, 2012 at 6:44 PM
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    Thanks for the info, as usuall very helpful.
     
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