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Spindle question

Discussion in 'Shop - Fabrication' started by dirt_bandit, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. dirt_bandit

    dirt_bandit New Member

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    i dont think a stock cast spindle should really even be welded on? but someone can correct me if i am wrong
     
  2. Philip

    Philip New Member

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    I have asked the same thing and been told different answers. I would personally never do it and would never reccomand someone else to do it. You really have to know what your doing.
     
  3. Byrdman

    Byrdman Asked to be removed

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    After welding to a stock cast spindle, like a gusset or other fabrication work, is it recommended to re-heat treat or just normalize the unit. I'm wondering because the spindle body is cast, and the plate or gusset is cold rolled steel- two different materials. I've heard a few different ideas, just need some imput before I send the units to a metalurgist.
     
  4. mosebilt

    mosebilt Member

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    forged spindles are ok to weld on (just pre-heat them),cast is no-bueno.
     
  5. Byrdman

    Byrdman Asked to be removed

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    How can you tell if they are cast or forged? They are early Ranger spindles, once heated up properly, they welded very nicely.
     
  6. MH20

    MH20 Member

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    Rangers are all cast. What type of welding did you do to them?
     
  7. Byrdman

    Byrdman Asked to be removed

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    MIG- I've seen some gusset work done to the stock spindle, especially re-enforcing the steering arm and plate work to use after-market calipers and if done properly, works just fine.
     
  8. ntsqd

    ntsqd Active Member

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    I'll guess that cast iron vs. cast steel is being confused. Iron doesn't weld very well and would be pointless to try to gusset. I'd be very surprised to learn that a spindle was made from cast iron.

    Cast Steel, on the other hand, should be weldable if the normal techniques used with thick sections and/or highly stressed parts are followed.
     
  9. MH20

    MH20 Member

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    I actually have a set of Baker spindles on my truck with exactly that setup on them and have yet to have a problem with them.
     
  10. Byrdman

    Byrdman Asked to be removed

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    Thank you very much!!
     

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