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81 Spindles fit a 71 Chevy Truck?

Will the front Spindles off of an 81 chevy fit a 71 Chevy?

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Not a true interchange. The tie rod hole is a bigger taper on 73 up spindles. There "may" be a difference in ball joint tapers, but you can find out by asking the local parts store if the joints are the same part number.

Someone makes tierod adapters for that swap, but I don't have the info.
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Thank you I will have to check into it.
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F&J is correct, 73-ups are bEEger.
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I put the spindles on my 68 GMC. I changed ball joints and tie rods though.

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What did you do when you changed the ball joints?? I am sure I would just use the one for the 81, but on the ball joint side is it different or does it fit the A-arm?
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I am not 100 percent sure....it was about 12 years ago, but I beleive I used the ball joints from the same year vehicle I used the spindles.
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cool I was hoping they would fit with reasonable modification. I was more worried that the outside diameter of the ball joint shaft would be too large or too small for the inside diameter of the spindle. The tie rod would just be a screw on screw off type of thing......I believe.
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I think the tie rods are not the same size. I know they're different on a '69. Check over at www.67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard and you'll find out all you need to know. One of the board vendors should have an adapter for the tie rods if you need one.
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cool thanks for the link I didnt even know there was a boardjust for my truck...
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