Did Fatman update their spindle at some point? - Chevelle Tech
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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 20, 9:46 PM Thread Starter
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Did Fatman update their spindle at some point?

I have read a lot of threads stating that the Fatman spindle does NOT fix the steering issue.

https://www.chevelles.com/forums/16-...t-product.html

https://www.chevelles.com/forums/56-...d-spindle.html

Most of these threads are older though and according to Fatman's website their spindle DOES fix the steering issue.

https://www.fatmanfab.com/product/19...spindles-gtech

Did the spindle get updated at some point?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 20, 8:03 AM
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Re: Did Fatman update their spindle at some point?

There are much better options out there then that..
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Re: Did Fatman update their spindle at some point?

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 20, 1:39 PM
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Re: Did Fatman update their spindle at some point?

What are you looking to do with a taller spindle? Lowering springs and tall balljoints should do everything that spindle does, and both require control arm changes.

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Re: Did Fatman update their spindle at some point?

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What are you looking to do with a taller spindle? Lowering springs and tall balljoints should do everything that spindle does, and both require control arm changes.
Wanted to update the front suspension so the car drives better. Unless I misread doesnt the factory spindle have the same bump steer issue? Going with taller ball joints, lowered springs and UCA's still will not alleviate the issue, correct?

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There are much better options out there then that..
Suggestions? I have spent many hours reading posts here about the suspension and it is hard to get a definitive answer on how to approach this. I figured since UMI sold this spindle with their kits it was a decent way to go.

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Re: Did Fatman update their spindle at some point?

I'm curious too. I just got my Elco back from the shop yesterday and will be tearing my front end all apart again to fix my foul up. I need to replace my short drop spindles (factory height with 2"drop) with tall spindles. I have UMI adjustable uppers. If I only had read the literature more closely I wouldn't be tearing things apart again.
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Wanted to update the front suspension so the car drives better. Unless I misread doesnt the factory spindle have the same bump steer issue? Going with taller ball joints, lowered springs and UCA's still will not alleviate the issue, correct?
Tall lower balljoints will raise the outer tie rod location relative to the inner, which should reduce bumpsteer.

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I could be wrong but I think Global West offers steering arms that fix bumpsteer, that with a set of tubular arms that add caster should increase drive ability a bunch?
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Re: Did Fatman update their spindle at some point?

To sum this up, at current there is not really any viable spindles that actually improve the steering geometry outside of maybe the few expensive forged aluminum versions. One good way to achieve a well driving A-body is simply stick with the tried and true taller upper and lower ball joints, with adjustable upper control arms.

Any other suggestions or opinions about this?

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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 20, 7:40 AM
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Re: Did Fatman update their spindle at some point?

I'm real happy with my SC&C Stage 3 with tall Howe ball joints and Delrin bushings. I have Spohn Del Sphere rear adjustables with a brand new Lee 800 Series 14:1 30 pound box.. I only needed 225/70r15 Cooper tires since the suspension is right..

I still have the stock disc/drum brakes with Porterfield pads and shoes, stops on the dime..

Mark might be slow but his parts are some of the best. I'd like to get his new 1" lowering springs. He did a lot of work getting these perfect.. Springs are suppose to be the hardest thing to get right, since there are so many calculations..
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Re: Did Fatman update their spindle at some point?

I would be wary of SC&C right now to be honest:
https://www.chevelles.com/forums/16-...oooooooow.html

I think the only thing that you can't get from anybody else are the balljoints, but I don't think there are any issues with the Proforged version.

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