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posted on July 25th, 2011 at 12:35 PM



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The cheapest way to lower the front on either a ball joint or link/king pin front is to cut the beam and turn it. If you can weld it will cost you only time


That was the done thing 20 years ago but there's no excuse for the cut and turn these days.

Swayaways are cheap as dirt, require the same amount of work and are atleast adjustable once it's all said and done.

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posted on July 25th, 2011 at 01:09 PM



Thanks, yes I agree - beam adjusters are cheap and not much harder to fit than a cut and turn but I was offering the cheapest way to do it. If money is no object then I would reccommend dropped spindles with beam adjusters and a 2" narrowed beam to compensate for the dropped spindle push out. I'm building a '63 beetle at the moment that has this setup and it is the best way to go as it gives you a good drop but doesn't bugger up the ride quality.



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posted on September 4th, 2011 at 10:43 PM



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dropspindles were approx $300 and i paid approx $200 for labour.

It is also important to get the tire combination right as well i have 195 x 65 x 15 on the rear and 175 x 65 x 15 on the front.

The front tires are rubbing on full lock but hoping once i put decent shocks on the front it will improve


Paul,

That is the best piece of information I have read, regarding drop spindles and tyre size.

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Hi Paul with front tyre size did that alter speed limit also did you fit adjusters or did you go for shorter shockers??? The reason i am asking i have dropped 2.5 inches and there is no suspension movement very few mm not sure what to do but i will check my front tyre size and i think they are same as rear size....Thanks Dean
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posted on September 5th, 2011 at 08:40 PM



Still have shocks, in the end though i had the guys at RAW install a 2 inch narrowed beam and no more rubbing. As far as i can tell it didnt alter the speed and the circumference hasnt changed from the original tyres



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posted on September 16th, 2011 at 09:34 AM



So after you change the height of the front do you need to realign the front geometry? I'm thinking of lifting the front of the wench.



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posted on March 13th, 2012 at 07:38 PM



Do you have too have a narrowered beam to install drop spindals and adjusters. Or can you just put narrower tyres.
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posted on March 13th, 2012 at 09:22 PM



If I had thinner front tyres I probably wouldnt have needed the 2 inch narrowed beam however there is only so low you can go without narrowing the beam



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posted on March 14th, 2012 at 12:55 PM



Oh ok cool. i got the adjusters but want it just a bit lower so thinking thinner tyres and drop spindals. thanks for the reply.
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