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    Default Custom made spindles for coil-overs?

    So I bought this coil-over kit for my 5.0 88 TC car and the guy that sold it to me assured me that it'd fit my car, with my wheels and tires saying, "yeah, my buddy has the exact same setup!"

    Long story short, I installed everything and my 17x9 R's didn't fit! I probably needed a good inch of clearance. So my question is:

    Would some kind of tubular custom spindles, made to move the spindle strut mounts straight in toward the center of the car, really mess up the geometry of the suspension?
    Last edited by BookSixStudios@yahoo.com; 01-20-2005 at 06:48 PM.

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    Default Re: Custom made spindles for coil-overs?

    You shouldn't need anything special like that. Are you sure the backspacing on your wheels is correct? Are your springs too long? Folks do this swap all the time.

    We need a bit more info on what you have and what you tried to install.

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    Default Re: Custom made spindles for coil-overs?

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    Default Re: Custom made spindles for coil-overs?

    Well, I'm sure that this setup doesnt fit. I don't remember the brand of the kit anymore, but it was a Fox body, street coil-over kit (bought front and rear). When I put the front coilovers in (never bothered with the rears after this), the springs stuck out from the strut too much and the tires didn't clear. BTW, I had the wheels and tires on for a while before I put the coil-overs on (actually, they are still on the car) and I had no backspacing problems what-so-ever.

    I guess I should have got a second opinion on this, since I knew I only had about 1/4 - 1/2" clearance between the tire and the strut, but I figured the coilovers changed something to make enough clearance, since this salesman was so sure. So is there anything I can do?

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    Default Re: Custom made spindles for coil-overs?

    got any pics of the setup? any details?
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    Default Re: Custom made spindles for coil-overs?

    Well, perhaps the springs are too long. You kind of have to think that if the strut is close to the wheel/tire (as they normally are on these things when you fit wide tires) you can't have a spring that's an extra 1" around or more that is going to fit.

    10" springs are usually what you need.

    Since you can't tell us what kit, and don't have any pics we really can't help you much more.

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    Default Re: Custom made spindles for coil-overs?

    Quote Originally Posted by BookSixStudios@yahoo.com
    Well, I'm sure that this setup doesnt fit.
    Maybe you didn't install it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck W
    Well, perhaps the springs are too long. You kind of have to think that if the strut is close to the wheel/tire (as they normally are on these things when you fit wide tires) you can't have a spring that's an extra 1" around or more that is going to fit.
    Yes, I realize this, and did at the time of ordering. I know it sounds kind of stupid that I ordered it knowing of the clearance. But I didn't know exactly how the kit was set up. All I know is after 30 min on the phone, the guy promised it would work great with my exact setup.


    Quote Originally Posted by lowcat
    Maybe you didn't install it right.
    LOL, its really not that hard. Put the coil-overs on and bolt the strut back in the only place it fits.


    Well anyway, the car is 2000 miles away, so is the kit. I'll try to get some info and measurments. And sorry, this was back before my digital camera. No pics!
    Last edited by BookSixStudios@yahoo.com; 01-20-2005 at 06:48 PM.

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    Oh yeah, and one other thing that I forgot. I dont think it matters but in case it does and you read my signature and say "hey, you left this out...":

    When I installed the kit, I had stock TC spindles on, I now have SN spindles for the cobra brakes.

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    Default Re: Custom made spindles for coil-overs?

    Well, my first thoughts are you have maybe 12" springs on there....that would cause the problem....

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