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help, spindle parts upgrade 86t to 87t

Hi, so confusing, maybe someone can help.

My car is a 83 with the steel control arms, the spindles\hubs\brakes are from a 86 turbo. I was going to order a new suspension, and in order to do that I need to specify the mounting info on the spindle ( strut bolt spacing and strut width ). While looking at that I started looking at brakes, the Lindsey 87 big brake upgrade is hundreds cheaper than the 86. Ideally I would like to do one step at a time. The 87 spindle is stronger and I figured I will switch. Are the strut mounting holes and the width of the strut the same on a 86 turbo as a 87 turbo? If I can do just the suspension ( struts ) now thats great, but Im afraid I have to do the spindles now, that will mean I also have to do the brakes at the same time.

Part 2: If I do the spindles, will my control arms still work? Im already looking at upgrading the control arms and bushings. If I do it all at once, Im several thousands spent and its not in the budget.

Part 3: If I do the spindle swap, do any other parts need to change, tie rod ends?

Anyone have 87+ turbo spindles for sale?

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87 spindles will also require 87 hubs and rotors. The strut mounting holes are the same distance apart but they are angled differently, iirc about 4 degrees to allow for late offset arms. What this means is your camber adjustment will be limited unless you change the arms to late offset also.
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Yes if I go 87 spindles I will also go 87 hubs\rotors\brakes. So for the angle, is camber plates enough to correct ( track only ), the ground controls Im about to order are being ordered with the adjustable camber plates. I have camber plates on my 86 setup and I can add more camber for my current track settings. So I should be safe to order the struts and they will bolt in when I do the spindle upgrade is what it sounds like.

My plans of order of upgrades then will be
1) ground controls
2) front upgraded control arms and bushings
3) splindes\brakes

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