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« on: October 22, 2013, 08:17:14 PM »

My original 68 GM disc brake spindles are on the border as far as wear and I am thinking or replacing them just to be safe. Searching through parts catalogs, I am seeing a huge difference in prices.

 Right Stuff Detailing had the lowest price of $119 for a pair. They say they are 1045 forged steel and CNC machined. I don't know anything about steel grade numbers and would guess all brands are all CNC machined today. So that claim dosen't mean anything to me

 Then I have seen a high price of $275 for a pair. And then prices of $140, $200, and $220 for a pair. Some saying they are USA made.

 Usually, the parts catalogs are somewhat close on the price of the same item so I am wondering why such a spread on prices.

 Can anyone speak about the quality of The Right Stuff pieces? Are they USA made? Are they fairly close in appearance to an origianl GM? I have to wonder if the low price reflects the quality?

 I would go with Right Stuff if the quality is there.

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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2013, 11:42:30 PM »

Out of curiosity, where is your spindle wear evident ? Seal or bearing areas ? Seal surfaces can be repaired by using spindle savers, which can stretch your life out quite a bit, but if you've mangled the bearing mount areas you might as well replace them. If heat damage is evident, replace 'em. If you're unsure about them with slight wear, have them Magnafluxed to give you some piece of mind.

I posted this statement earlier tonight - don't buy imports that you can't be sure of the quality of the part. All of them are "CNC machined", material types are important (1045 is tough, 1144 is good, 1040V vanadium steel is used a lot in suspension parts nowadays), as is traceability to the manufacturer. Don't trust your life and the lives of people on the road to an unknown source, not to mention your prized possesion; don't sacrifice safety and quality in trying to save a buck. Just my opinion.

I have purchased fuel and brake lines from Right Stuff, well pleased with the quality, but I have not sourced spindles from them. As with everything today, if it doesn't say "Made in the USA", it ain't.


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