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L&H Kustoms Tall Spindles

Since I've been getting into autocrossing more and I wanted to improve the geometry of my suspension, I decided to try out the L&H Kustoms tall spindles. These should help maintain the contact patch around corners.

Here you can see the billet spindles. They definitely look like a solid piece.


Here's what I started with. Nothing special, just generic 11" factory-style discs.


In order to get the caliper bracket to fit the new spindle, a ridge on the back side of the bracket needs to be ground down. This shows approximately how much the hole is off pre-grinding.


Old stuff out of the way...


At ride height, the ball joint doesn't exhibit any extreme angles even with stock control arms so they should work.


Coming together...


Everything back together. I had to grind the steering arm quite a bit so it would fit around the larger spindle. After an alignment, it was ready to drive.



After a few days of city driving, there was no decrease in ride quality. I'll be autocrossing at GoodGuys Del Mar this weekend to see how much they improve lateral grip. I'll keep y'all updated!

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Re: L&H Kustoms Tall Spindles

looks good and should help out. Can you show how much you ground off of the steering arm? I think LH sells arms also.

Lets know how it goes autocrossing.

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Re: L&H Kustoms Tall Spindles

acid,
i am running l&h spindles and steering arms. i also have speed tech upper and lower control arms with hotchkis 2" drop springs.
i love the set up compared to worn out stock. i held 50 through a clover. i think i can take it to maybe 60. what a rush compared to 35.

i will be auto crossing it this summer for fun.
i did notice with my tire and wheel set up they are rubbing the fender in the very back. i think this is due to the relocation of the ball joint with the new upper control arm and lack of back spacing on the wheel.
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Re: L&H Kustoms Tall Spindles

I like them, but only if they are not 2" drop spindles. Are the dropped, or same height as stock?
Edit: I went to L&H's web site and found that the spindles are available in either a 2" drop or original height. They are kind of pricey, but they do look really nice.

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Good writeup! Will 15" rallys still fit?

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Good writeup! Will 15" rallys still fit?
Yes 15" rally's will still fit even 14" will fit. The spindles were designed to accept all original components but require slight clearancing in the factory caliper bracket and steering arms. You have to grind about 3/16" or so on the steering arms in 2 spots to bolt up to our spindle.

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Re: L&H Kustoms Tall Spindles

How much taller than stock are they? Do they add more caster than the stock units?

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looks good and should help out. Can you show how much you ground off of the steering arm? I think LH sells arms also.
I don't have any pictures of the steering arms after grinding, but I spent 30-45 minutes on each arm with lots of running back inside to check the fit.

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I like them, but only if they are not 2" drop spindles. Are the dropped, or same height as stock?
Edit: I went to L&H's web site and found that the spindles are available in either a 2" drop or original height. They are kind of pricey, but they do look really nice.
Yeah, I got the stock height spindles to avoid the steering arm clearance issues with drop spindles.

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How much taller than stock are they? Do they add more caster than the stock units?
About 1.5" taller I believe. Caster should be mostly unaffected. I run +4/+4.5 degrees.

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Good writeup! Will 15" rallys still fit?
My 15 x 7 third gen wheels fit without a problem.

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How much taller than stock are they? Do they add more caster than the stock units?
Our Pro Billet™ Spindles are 1.5" taller than a stock spindle. They do not add caster as that will be in your control arms and alignment settings. Our recommended alignment settings are
Camber: -0.25 to -0.5 degrees
Caster: +4 to +5 ½ degrees
Toe-in: 1/16 in

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Re: L&H Kustoms Tall Spindles

just a quick update, I went on a cruise to northern AZ last weekend and I was able to keep up with the 4th gen Camaros and Firebirds through the twisties. on a couple curves that I took just a little too fast, the rear end stepped out a little instead of the front pushing. definitely a nice change.




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