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    2in drop spindle

    Does anyone have any experience on installing 2" drop spindles on the front of a 56 Skyhawk to lower the stance? I am going to do this and wonder what to look out for in terms of any mods for tire clearance. and such.

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    I have 2" dropped kingpins on my '63 Avanti. Are these aftermarket pieces, or did you "make" them? When I did this, I was concerned about Bump Steer.I solved that with a pair of different tie rod ends. I can't speak to the tire clearance issue on a '56 Skyhawk, no issues on my Avanti.
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    No such thing unless they were custom made.
    And in that case, few if any will have any experience with that swap.

    Now...between early and late spindles, about 63 or 64 maybe, both the spindle moved up about 1" and the caster changed. Don't know how much the caster changed. I have one late set to put on one of two cars...can't decide which car gets the later spindles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Van Veghten View Post
    No such thing unless they were custom made.
    And in that case, few if any will have any experience with that swap.

    Now...between early and late spindles, about 63 or 64 maybe, both the spindle moved up about 1" and the caster changed. Don't know how much the caster changed. I have one late set to put on one of two cars...can't decide which car gets the later spindles.

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    Mike.......that's why I asked 'Tensor" if they were aftermarket pieces or if he made them. Like you, I'm not aware of any aftermaket dropped spindles or kingpins for Studebakers. I made the conversion about 5 years ago,along with converting the brakes ( front and rear) to Covette brakes and have no issues of any kind, with either change. FYI, these were made for me by a very well known and respected Studebaker Parts vendor.
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    Fat Man Fabrication has been making dropped spindles for older cars for many years. They list Cadillac, Packard, Buick but I did not see Studebaker listed but you might call them, they would know if it could be done with your stock spindles.
    http://www.fatmanfab.com/product/dro...opped-spindles

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    They are aftermarket. Thank you all

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    Maybe you could explain where you got the spindles, what name and model number they are and all that. Lots of folks might be interested, but not be able to find them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tensor View Post
    They are aftermarket. Thank you all
    Wow - wonders never cease. Aftermarket 2" dropped spindles have been commercially available for the stock Studebaker kingpins and none of we usual suspects knew about them!

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    It must be these...........
    quick steering arms.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwain G. View Post
    It must be these...........
    quick steering arms.jpg
    Steering arms? The OP asked about spindles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwain G. View Post
    It must be these...........
    quick steering arms.jpg
    Does anyone have any experience on installing 2" drop spindles on the front of a 56 Skyhawk to lower the stance?
    Quote Originally Posted by RadioRoy View Post
    Steering arms? The OP asked about spindles.
    For true, Roy. Steering arms don't lower the stance.

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    I don't know the level of mechanical knowledge of the poster so thought maybe he was just using incorrect terminology.

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    Come-on...won't someone come up with some quality, 2" dropped spindles (with adjustable caster, since I'm asking for nearly the impossible!)..?

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    Mike, You know that I have 2" drop spindles on my 53K. Now there is a Chev parts place out in the inland empire that has the same spindles and uses the same spuds and brakes as the C5 Corvette. They are almost a bolt on. Adjustable for both caster and camber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    Mike, You know that I have 2" drop spindles on my 53K. Now there is a Chev parts place out in the inland empire that has the same spindles and uses the same spuds and brakes as the C5 Corvette. They are almost a bolt on. Adjustable for both caster and camber.
    Yes, Alan, but last photo you posted, there's not a Stude part anywhere on your front suspension.

    With your Paxton, aerospace and welding background, plus fifty years of Stude experience, you can make anything fit anywhere. What we're still waiting for is the aftermarket source for the Stude kingpins with the 2" dropped spindles which bolt in.

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    Hey, I said almost. What do you want for only $1,500.

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    I've got my C4 Vette front suspension on my 60 Lark too (Jacks seen it), I think you may have seen it also.
    But yea, talken a simple spindle swap, not the, most all parts like yours, or like mine, all parts..!
    Just a simple 30 minute bolt-on.

    Mike

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    P.S. - I'd also like the ability to adjust in some negative camber.

    So if I were putting in my wishes - 2" drop, adjustability for both caster and camber.
    I mean real adjustability..!

    Mike

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