OEM 2WD front uprights and spindles

atomicjoe23

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OK. . .if you were limited to an OEM front 2WD upright/spindle combination what vehicle would you choose as a donor??? Make and model don't matter. . .for a 2WD buggy let's say around 3000 lbs. and 35-37" tires.

Let me know why you think what you think or why I should avoid certain ones.
 

85yota

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I would run some 4x4 IFS toyota knuckles. Cheap and easy to get, 6x5.5 pattern which is pretty common, bigger 2" snout, and 4 piston breaks all stock. Ran them on my 4200lb toyota with 35" tires for over a year, and on my new truck without any problems. Also they are forged so you have weld or do whatever you need to without having to preheat or anything like that.
 

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I agree, we've been running them on our 7S truck for years and I'm amazed. Never had a failure and the wheel bearings last forever.plus a LOT cheaper than Pro-Am or other high end stuff, and you can get service parts in Baja.
 

atomicjoe23

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Cool! Thanks a lot guys. . .

. . .does it matter which truck I get them off of? Tacoma or Tundra??? What about which years are preferable???

Thanks again!
 

85yota

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you will want some off of an 86-95 toyota pickup or 4runner. or a 4x4 t100 has the same. If you get them off a 90"s v6 truck the brake calipers will have 2 big pistons and will work slightly better. if yo uhave access to a machine shop get some 79-85 bolt on snouts and run the newer hubs and brakes, then make the uprights yourself. heres a pic of my old truck spindles.

 

atomicjoe23

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That is kinda what I would rather do. . .make my own uprights so that I can have double sheer tie rod mounts and set my own geometry. . .but right now I'm thinking budget. . .so I think that I will be looking for some '90's V6 uprights/hubs.

Thanks!
 

atomicjoe23

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85Yota. . .I thinking of going with the '79-85 bolt on spindles and make my own uprights. . .

. . .if I were to do this what would you suggest (or what did you use) for making the snout clevis that the spindle bolts onto??? I would like to make the uprights so that I have double shear tie rod mounts, a 1" UCA vertical uniball mount, and a 1.5" horizontal uniball mount (double shear). . .what I'm most worried about is the strenght of the bolt-on spindle backing and the LCA clevis mount. . .I've looked at some and they are 3/4" thick plate (of course they are 1-pc. billet also, but I won't be able to do that) and that is a little thick for what my welder is capable of (3/8" max. for single pass) I could weld 3/4" plate if I bevel the plate and do a multi-pass weld (something I am not at all uncomfortable doing. . .I've been doing multi-pass welds with GMAW-dual shield flux core and SMAW 7018 and I have had my welds put through destructive testing. . .full penetration and fusion. . .no problems that could be picked at with root and face U-bends anyway) but trying to weld the clevis mounts onto the snout looks like it would be pretty tight and with chunks of metal that small I would have to be really patient (and make sure that I had everything clamped extremely well) and allow plenty of cooling time between passes and between welding each piec onto the snout. . .

. . .this would be the first time I would have done this type of fabrication before. . .I have built a full tube chassis, A-arms, trailing arms, and IRS driveshafts previously but nothing with this much riding on it (literally). . .I'm a little nervous about and just want to make sure that I know what I'm doing before I start. . .

Thanks for the help!!!
 

atomicjoe23

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Hey guys. . .is there anywhere that I can get either the '86-95 Toyota 4WD pick-up knuckles or the '79-'85 bolt-on snouts new (besides a dealership)??? I checked the Autozone and Kragen (Schucks or Parts America. . .still have to check NAPA though) websites and didn't see them on there. . .

. . .I can always go junkyard scavenging as well. . .I'm just figuring out my options right now. . .

Thanks!
 
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