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Dropped spindles or lowered via springs?

So I'm rebuilding my front suspension in my 52 chevy coupe and plan on adding a 350sbc. The car sits higher than I'd like at this point. I want to lower it, but if I do so, what else will be involved regarding bumpsteer, geometry, etc...

Somebody told me to use a dropped spindle because it should bolt right on and keep everything else the same. The same person said if you cut the springs or use springs designed to drop the car, I'll get bump steer so I'll need to buy new steering components to prevent bumpsteer.

I've done a few google searches for 52 chevy dropped spindles without luck, so I don't even know if I can buy these to bolt onto my stock suspension.

I obviously don't have a lot of knowledge about suspension/steering, but that's why I have you guys. So any help is appreciated.
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So I did some research...

Dropped spindles seem to be the easiest and don't affect geometry. Eff the springs and all the other stuff...

I'll bolt them on and have a shop do the alignment.

So now my question is...who sells dropped spindles for 1952 chevy coupes?
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Dropped spindles seem to be the easiest and don't affect geometry. Eff the springs and all the other stuff...

I'll bolt them on and have a shop do the alignment.

So now my question is...who sells dropped spindles for 1952 chevy coupes?
Fat Man Fabrications, $395/pr

http://www.fatmanfab.com/catalogpage.php?page=17
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Thats not a bad price either. The advantage of the drop spindle is the camber doesn't go in really bad and you have the same suspension travel as stock.
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I was thinking of using dropped spindles from Fat Mans on my '56 Dodge CRL. But to use them, I have to go with disc brakes from a Volare, can't use the drums. I'll have to wait, no money for that right now. Can you use your drums, or do you already have discs or planning to use discs?

I like Fat Man's tech folks, they really helped me with questions I had on the Stage II, MII set-up I bought for my '50 Hudson.

Please let us know how they work out, I'm interested in them for later on.
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Not dropped spindles

fatman doesn't have dropped spindles. they have the uprights and steering arms. If I found some dropped spindles, it would make the disk brake conversion a lot easier....but I'll have to see what these look like now....
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I have a 54 mercury and I cut off a coil and it brought it down about3 ins. and it still drives great
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my opinion

We are working on a 50 ford coupe at our shop and the way we lowered the front of ours was a small spacer block between the coil spring plate and the lower controll are. Basically we removed the rivits that held the spring plate on the lower comtroll arm and made an aluminum spacer that spaced the spring plate further away from the controll arm. Basically dropping the spring and lowering the car. Now on my 47 plymouth the spring plate was on top of the lower control arm so I used a 6 inch pipe to drop the spring deeper into the pocket. Not sure if this will help but worth a shot and you won't have to change any drums or spindles and no bump steer. Thanks for listening.
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fatman doesn't have dropped spindles. they have the uprights and steering arms. If I found some dropped spindles, it would make the disk brake conversion a lot easier....but I'll have to see what these look like now....
If they sell the uprights with the drop built in, then you use your stock spindles and get the drop from the uprights..The entire process was explained in the link that Joe Padavano gave you, along with the explanation about the need for a new set of steering arms.

My next door neighbor used a set of the fatman dropped uprights along with fatman steering arms on a customer's 54 Chevy and says they are excellent. There was no bumpsteer or steering weirdness in a corner.

Speedway motors has several disc brake kits that will adapt to your spindles with some machine work or you can buy a set of their forged spindles.

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Speedw...dles,2013.html

forged spindles:

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Reprod...dles,3302.html

The charge for Speedway to machine your existing spindles is about 90.00.

You get the drop you want, your suspension geometry stays the same, and you get disc brakes. Dropping the front by only moving or cutting the spring on an unequal length A arm design does mess with the geometry. That's not to say it would not be an improvement to the stock suspension to get some more camber gain with body roll, but does anyone know that a 52 Chevy has that issue to begin with?

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Looks like Speedway doesn't do anything for us Mopar guys (the poor bastard kids).

I'm going to call Fatman's and the skinny on Mopar drops.

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disc brakes

I got an email that said any of the disc brake kits sold ( ECI, Jamco, Chassis Engineering) should fit just fine with the stock spindle being lifted with the dropped upright.

Is this true? If so, I'm gonna go for it. If not...I sure don't want to waste the money.
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Check with whatever supplier you like, and go for it. (eci is pretty good, you could try masterpower and brake tech solutions as well.) I've used all of those guys, as well as a few more, and they are all about the same.

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Looks like Speedway doesn't do anything for us Mopar guys (the poor bastard kids).

I'm going to call Fatman's and the skinny on Mopar drops.
Try Ply-Do they do early Mopar brakes and other stuff like that..


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