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Old September 19th, 2012, 12:28 PM   #1
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Default 2"-3" narrow beam
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I know it been covered a thousand times here and on other forums. I'm about to cut my stock beam and my bug body is 300 miles away. How far can I narrow without major interference between the body and the shock towers. We all know that 2" bolts right in. I'll trim the body some or even notch the back of the tower. I need info on VW balljoint beams, not the custom ones steel plate shock towers. Full fender bugs. thanks
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Old September 19th, 2012, 02:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2"-3" narrow beam

You should be able to narrow it 3" if you "thin out" the thickness of the shock towers. Either that or a few good hits with a dead blow hammer to the inner fender well.
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Old September 19th, 2012, 05:33 PM   #3
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Default Re: 2"-3" narrow beam

A balljoint beam has more clearance since the shock towers tilt out wards.
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Old September 19th, 2012, 07:41 PM   #4
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Default Re: 2"-3" narrow beam

Mine was narrowed 4 inches and we had to beat the inner fenders and cut some out to get the shock towers to clear

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Old September 19th, 2012, 07:59 PM   #5
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Default Re: 2"-3" narrow beam

Lets say for instance you plan to narrow your beam 3". If you have the stock width beam already in the car you can take a 2" block of wood and a large mallet and hammer it down between the body and the shock towers. this will move the sheetmetal over enough to clear each side.

I know this doesnt help you much but if you go 3" you will only need to bend the sheetmetal only a little bit. if you have an additional stock width beam then do this.

Another option that might work is using a pipe clamp and it should pull the sections inwards enough by cranking.

or you could just cut out the section or even put 2 slices, one on each side and once its bent in weld in some wedges .......
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Thanks for the info guys.
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Default Re: 2"-3" narrow beam

I've ran numerous bugs with 4-6" narrowed beams without shock towers/ shocks and never noticed any negative issues at all. I know many people will tell you not to run without shocks but I say go for it. I can provide pics of the following VWs without shock towers an no issues.
67 bug 6" BJ beam
67 bug 4" BJ beam
62 bug vert 4" LP beam
60 ghia vert 4" LP beam
65 bug 4" LP beam
68 ghia 4"BJ beam

I have owned, installed the beam, or driven all off these cars personally.
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Default Re: 2"-3" narrow beam

My 66 has no shock towers, I dont like it. I dont know if springs ahave been removed or they are just sagged out, but I bump the beam all over the place. I personally dont like it. I am building a new bean now, with shock towers, the plate steel ones from Airkewld.
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