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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 13, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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Replacing Drop Spindles '69 Firebird

Okay, okay, I've done my research and used the search button. A few years back I installed a conversion kit that had 2" drop spindles from Summit. I've been rim shopping and found the rims I want that I believe will fit on my car, 18x8.5, 5.125" backspacing, for a '69 Firebird. I've ordered a pair to test fit around the car to make sure they will work for my application and see if any modifications are necessary such as relocating shocks inboard. My exhaust will have to be rerouted anyway.

Since this forum seems to be a broken record of what trash the drop spindles are I figure it would be a good idea to replace them with stock height spindles. Anyone know which ones I should be looking for?

Duty: Light, no autocross or dragging.

Current suspension mods include Hotchkis drop leafs, bushing kit, sway bar kit, new shocks, and new stock height springs. All new brakes with a front disc conversion.

Also, some tire size recommendations would be cool, too. I'm looking at either a 35 or 40 series tire possibly 235-255 width. Pros and cons, pics are always welcome.

I haven't painted the car yet so rolling the fenders/quarters isn't out of the question.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 13, 09:48 AM
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Re: Replacing Drop Spindles '69 Firebird

Just get a set of OEM replacement spindles- Summit has them for $105 for the pair.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 13, 10:58 AM
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Re: Replacing Drop Spindles '69 Firebird

Apparently, DISC (not drum) spindles and a set of 2" drop springs to make up for the 2" drop spindles.

Seeing as you will be taking a pickle fork to the spindle, you might as well swap out the front springs while you are at it.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 15th, 13, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Replacing Drop Spindles '69 Firebird

With 5.125" backspacing on the rears, does that sound like relocating the shocks may be necessary? I was looking under there earlier and it doesn't seem like it. Then again, the rims on there are small and skinny. 14x6 maybe. I'm guessing the 18" will clear the lower section of the shocks and the tops look to be tucked in for the uppers.
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