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posted on February 9th, 2006 at 09:30 PM
Lowering S & L Beetle front struts


I have some pics for you all on the process I went through to lower the front of our 71 S Beetle.
The old strut inserts were leaking so I thought it would be a good opportunity to lower it at the same time.




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posted on February 9th, 2006 at 09:31 PM



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posted on February 9th, 2006 at 09:35 PM



Pretty sad looking with it's nose all hoighty toighty up in the air like that. Bloody tart. Rip 'em out

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posted on February 9th, 2006 at 09:36 PM



Rip 'em apart and chuck in some urethane bushes. Hate that shimmy.

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posted on February 9th, 2006 at 09:37 PM



Cut the original cup weld with an angle grinder. Don't cut too deep.

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posted on February 9th, 2006 at 09:38 PM



Knock the cup out of the way.

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posted on February 9th, 2006 at 09:39 PM



Grind back the old weld nicely. I used a belt linisher to do this one.

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posted on February 9th, 2006 at 09:41 PM



Clean it up. get rid of the dirt and reposition the cup ready top weld.

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posted on February 9th, 2006 at 09:42 PM



D.L.I approved welds. Helps when you have a MIG welder.

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posted on February 9th, 2006 at 09:43 PM



This is the lowered position welded.

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posted on February 9th, 2006 at 09:44 PM



Painted.

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posted on February 9th, 2006 at 09:46 PM



Two lowered struts, cleaned, welded, painted, ready for my mate the mechanic to chuck back in tomorrow morning.

Took a total of 1 hour to do everything.

Total cost. $0 I didn't even have a beer.

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posted on February 9th, 2006 at 09:51 PM



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Fark that is hoighty.. what you got in the back? a cast iron block?

Nice job on the lowering.. neat welding too...




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posted on February 9th, 2006 at 09:55 PM



Oh I didn't mention the distance difference did I?

60mm

At least the rear doesn't need lowering. :D

Stock rims & tyres so the tyres should still fit under the front. The gap was 70mm.




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posted on February 10th, 2006 at 06:15 AM



wheres the new pic of the lowered car



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posted on February 10th, 2006 at 07:54 AM



It's getting put together today with the new strut inserts, so I will have a pic tonight. Hope I haven't gone too low. :)



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posted on February 10th, 2006 at 09:45 AM



Good job. What sort of inserts did you end up going for?



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posted on February 10th, 2006 at 02:48 PM
Not like this


Here is an example of how not to do it, note the undercut from grinding and the shit welding (these come of a 72 s bug I'm wrecking). These have been raised not lowered.:td:

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posted on February 10th, 2006 at 03:53 PM



That's horrific. Must have been a farmer, they often use stick welders.



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posted on February 10th, 2006 at 05:10 PM



It wasn't the only scary thing I found, check out the seat belt.

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posted on February 10th, 2006 at 05:52 PM



Hard to believe the front has been lowered 60mm.

Steers very nice now, and with the new strut inserts and urethane bushes, NO SHIMMY at all.

Stock strut inserts.

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posted on February 10th, 2006 at 05:54 PM



Lucky it cost me nothing to do the lowering, because my mechanic nearly killed me with the bill for the rest of the labour. Only charges me $35 p/h cash, but I am sure he takes twice as long as he should. He is fussy and does a top job. I am not actually complaining, just a little shocked. I am very happy with the result.



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posted on February 10th, 2006 at 06:31 PM



Na pete should be lower!:P put it in the weeds!!
nice job though i like it, will you be at the jamba?,
im getting my RWC hopefully on monday so rego that weeks as well, so i hope ill see you there with my bus.
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ps. u should have a beer now with all the hard work you have just done, enjoy cya soon:beer
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posted on February 10th, 2006 at 08:02 PM



That looks really good!

What inserts have you used??
Golf or stock??

T'is amazing what 60mm can do!




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posted on February 10th, 2006 at 09:17 PM



you dont need big power.

A super set up well with decent rubber and a 3/4 healthy 1600 is a good car.

Throw it into some corners and be surprised




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Good stance now

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posted on February 11th, 2006 at 03:26 PM



How did you end up getting the bottom of the struts out of the knuckle / atub axle thing ? I've tried twice with mine to no avail.

Looks like a rel nice job, well done.
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How did you end up getting the bottom of the struts out of the knuckle / atub axle thing ? I've tried twice with mine to no avail.

Looks like a rel nice job, well done.


That was a tight fit, but came out no probs. I put on new ball joints too, so it all had to come apart anyway.




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How did you end up getting the bottom of the struts out of the knuckle / atub axle thing ? I've tried twice with mine to no avail.

Looks like a rel nice job, well done.

i had to use a oxy and hydraulic puller along with the bfh and it also took a lot of effort




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posted on February 12th, 2006 at 05:12 PM



Hi

When you put the stub axle back on the strut, make sure you put a big dob of grease on it. Those weld on the struts can be removed neatly in lathe. I also use a Mk1 Golf bump stop instead of the Beetle one, it can be trimmed down to give more travel and when its trimmed down the Beetle dust sleeves fit perfectly.

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