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posted on October 13th, 2008 at 11:43 AM
Best Bug For The Job


i am thinking of building Baja Bug which model is best for the job or which are best modified for the job.

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posted on October 13th, 2008 at 04:03 PM



Yeah, good question.

Been toying with the idea of Baja'ing the 65 I have sitting in the shed, so be interested to see the responses you get...




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posted on October 13th, 2008 at 04:40 PM



irs rear, either BJ or king and link front............but definately not strut front end!
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posted on October 13th, 2008 at 05:31 PM



Oval window or earlier. The purists LOVE THEM!:D:cool::lol::lol::lol:


Just kidding! Welcome aboard.:smirk:

Go for a later model cos they are more available and easier to get parts for and usually cheaper as a starting point.
As Baja'ing a bug has been around since the 60's, I don't think there is a model that hasn't been done before.
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posted on October 13th, 2008 at 07:41 PM



thanks for the sugestions but can you put it in simple front engine mount idots terms (year model)



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posted on October 15th, 2008 at 08:33 PM



1970 beetles are good because they have the irs rear and ball joint front end (best combination) and they also have the better 1600 engines in em



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posted on October 15th, 2008 at 09:30 PM



Isnt it only Semi-autos that have irs before Supers were released?
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posted on October 16th, 2008 at 04:31 PM



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1970 beetles are good because they have the irs rear and ball joint front end (best combination) and they also have the better 1600 engines in em


thats only in the US chief

as Simon siad only semi auto and superbugs had IRS in aus and only superbugs had 1600s
all standard bugs had swingers cept the handfull of 76s still around
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posted on December 27th, 2010 at 05:24 PM



so what models had the IRS rear and ball joint front? or where can i get them to build one awesome car?
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posted on December 27th, 2010 at 05:31 PM



The only manual ones were 1976 models which were rare enough to start with, most of them have rusted away or been canibalised for the floor pans

The only others were 68-70 auto beetles which are fairly rare too

May be better off converting a swinger to IRS
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posted on December 27th, 2010 at 09:16 PM



well my plan is to put an auto subaru box and possible engine in so not that bothered but still.

is it hard to convert from swing arm to IRS??
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posted on December 27th, 2010 at 11:02 PM



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well my plan is to put an auto subaru box and possible engine in so not that bothered but still.

is it hard to convert from swing arm to IRS??


Not if you can weld and swing a grinder.

Then all you need to do is find a doner for the parts, and and IRS pan to make the Jig for welding the pivot boxes into you floorpan.

A bit is covered here

http://forums.aussieveedubbers.com/viewtopic.php?tid=76337&page=1#pid728784 


You can buy heavy duty pivot boxes from CVD, which I would recommend for an offroad car.

http://www.customveedub.com.au/store/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=22 



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posted on December 28th, 2010 at 07:27 AM



Or convert a superbug pan to balljoint



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posted on December 28th, 2010 at 10:25 AM



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Or convert a superbug pan to balljoint


You mean superior K+L?? :lol::lol::lol:


Down the bottom of the second page and on the third page of my build.
We put a new K+L framehead onto a superbug floorpan.

http://forums.aussieveedubbers.com/viewtopic.php?tid=80275&page=2 



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posted on February 13th, 2011 at 12:00 PM



I was told that swingers are better for use in the sand. IS this correct? I thought about converting to IRS but decided that it probably may not be worth the effort or money since I will be doing a lot of sand driving and I have enough lift by running on 31" tyres.



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posted on February 13th, 2011 at 01:36 PM



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I was told that swingers are better for use in the sand.


Nope, both go well in sand, but IRS is safer, because when you jack up the rear end in a swinger to get ground clearance you end up with Positive camber which can roll you over if not treated carefully




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