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Re: What the heck did I just break

My tire looked the same when my spindle gusset was bent, looks like you may have more issues than mine though but I'd get that checked out too. DIdn't realize there was a 2nd page before commenting. Good luck. SPC makes good UCA

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Re: What the heck did I just break

That is definitely no bueno, how long ago did the shop install everything? Depending on the time you may or may not have a case for them to take the blame, but if it's been too long then they probably won't take responsibility. As others have said I'd be worried about damage to all of the associated components.
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My tire looked the same when my spindle gusset was bent
Do you have pictures?

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Sorry Mate! Had the same thing happen to me.


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This is the best picture that shows the angle sorry it's not better. I also have adjustable UPC so the bolt was pushed all the way in making it a little more steep. Couldn't tell the spindle gusset was bent until it was taken off at the repair shop.
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Re: What the heck did I just break

Thank you for sharing. I understand it that the gussetted spindle bent due to the UCA failure right? Did a shop install it for you? I have gussetted spindles and thought they could survive an apocalypse if needed but interesting the UCA was the next thing to take it out. Also I'm getting ready to install aftermarket UCA soon so just trying to keep some things in mind. Appreciate the sharing.

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I question that gusset deal. I don't see any.



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That was from a convo about a different rig. But I am curious how @JonDer bent his gusset as well!



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@debFJVT That is why I asked for pictures. @JohnDer explained one of his adjustable UCA bolts "was pushed all the way in". Hmmm either the frame mount bolt or ball joint. I assumed a bad ball joint and installation error but maybe he could confirm.

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@debFJVT That is why I asked for pictures. @JohnDer explained one of his adjustable UCA bolts "was pushed all the way in". Hmmm either the frame mount bolt or ball joint. I assumed a bad ball joint and installation error but maybe he could confirm.
Yes I noticed that too...after a close call with this very problem last summer I am naturally riveted to the topic My SPC balljoint was failing but luckily was able to catch it in time, before everything cascaded to the ground and caused major damage...had no idea it could be so catastrophic. Now I have greaseable BJs and watch my suspension components like a hawk. Had been looking into gussets in part to help bolster the spindle in the event of such a failure, so I am equally interested in @JonDer telling his story.
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