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todd99 02-18-2011 10:02 PM

Airbagit Drop Spindles
 
I have spent all day trying to install the 3" drop spindles I ordered from airbagit. They are still not fully installed. I had to do A LOT of grinding to make the brakes fit. I would recommend buying from someone else.

BHBurban 02-18-2011 10:05 PM

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Junk. everything they sell is junk.

lolife99 02-18-2011 10:07 PM

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Got any pics of the problem areas?
Did the balljoints and outer tie rods fit?

todd99 02-18-2011 10:17 PM

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No, I don't have any pics. The ball joints, tie rods, and disk fit fine. The shoes on both sides required a lot of material to be removed. The weird part was that the left and right spindles had problems in completely different places. They actually made two completely different designs for the left and right.

lolife99 02-18-2011 10:42 PM

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shoes???

dave2953 02-18-2011 10:43 PM

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My thoughts exactly...pads maybe? Could it be that the pads you had were for the 1" rotors instead of the 1 1/4"? Just a WAG...

todd99 02-18-2011 10:51 PM

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Sorry I meant to say calipers

71swb4x4 02-18-2011 11:03 PM

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Unfortunately this is one of those "you get what you pay for" things. Those guys sell cheap junk, and you learned the hard way. I do commend you for posting it on the board. Hopefully others will read this before they buy them.

lolife99 02-18-2011 11:08 PM

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Just curious,... how much the spindles cost?
The other problem with AirBagit.com is they normally have a restocking charge on anything you want to send back,... no matter who screwed up the order or quality of the part.

AirBagit.com is also the same company as Aim or ChassisTech.
(these are the previous names of this company)

todd99 02-18-2011 11:14 PM

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http://www.airbagit.com/Chevrolet-Lo...les-s/1771.htm

$289 - 1971 C20

chevy2tom 02-18-2011 11:24 PM

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Todd, I had the same problem with my 71 3/4 ton, what I found was that I had the wrong calipers&rotors on my truck from the po. I went to the local parts store & ordered rotors&calipers for a 71/72 & that took care of it.
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todd99 02-18-2011 11:57 PM

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My brakes are definitely the originals. I would guess they used a truck with the wrong calipers when they designed their spindles. I would rather just file some metal off than go through the hassle of buying and installing new calipers. Thanks anyways.

todd99 02-19-2011 12:00 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by chevy2tom (Post 4496425)
Todd, I had the same problem with my 71 3/4 ton, what I found was that I had the wrong calipers&rotors on my truck from the po. I went to the local parts store & ordered rotors&calipers for a 71/72 & that took care of it.
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Did you have any alignment issues after installation? I've heard that anything more than a two inch drop on a 3/4 ton will be un-alignable.

leddzepp 02-19-2011 12:13 AM

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Dropped spindles will not adversely affect your alignment....drop springs will.

tcb-1 02-19-2011 12:40 AM

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airbagit sucks. period.

chevy2tom 02-19-2011 12:49 AM

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No problems with having my front end alignment done. I have the stock front springs & shocks. I also bought & installed 5" drop coil springs from GMC Pauls.

72rustbucket 02-19-2011 01:49 AM

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I installed mine my like 3 years ago and had no problems w/calipers. But i dont know if you noticed they have two types of spindles clip on or bolt on for caliper. This might be your problem.

leddzepp 02-19-2011 03:26 AM

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Moving to Suspension Forum...

todd99 02-19-2011 10:26 AM

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I bought the right spindles, bolt on. Maybe I just got a bad casting.

BHBurban 02-19-2011 12:50 PM

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If one casting is bad, they are all bad.

lolife99 02-19-2011 02:15 PM

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When I originally read this thread,... I didn't realize they were C20 drop spindles.
(I assume they are?)
There are not many choices for the c20 trucks.
I do know that Performance Online sells them,... but they are a little more money.
(I assume,... due to lack of demand,... the supply and demand issue negates the price)
Sounds like they would've been worth the money, in this case.

leftcoast66 02-20-2011 12:22 AM

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Sorry to hear you got taken by them. I'm glad to hear yours are somewhat close to fitting. I ordered a set for my 66 when I first got it. I got a set of disc spindles that didn't fit any c10 discs or balljoints in 6 or 5 lug and they wanted us to pay the 30% restock fee even though they were advertised as working with factory drum brakes when I ordered. I hope you're able to get them to fit and good luck with the truck.

todd99 02-20-2011 10:13 AM

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Thanks, I managed to install them. After seeing how much better my truck looks it was worth the frustration.


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