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Old February 25th, 2007, 10:57 AM   #1
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Default Do-it-your-self super beetle lowering

Is there anyway you can lower the front of a super beetle in the DIY fashion, I know you can do the back, but what about the front?
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Old February 25th, 2007, 11:11 AM   #2
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ooh! ooh! me first!

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Old February 25th, 2007, 11:12 AM   #3
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i kno your not supposed to do this, but i did cut the coils on my super. when everyone was out, it remained at stock height, but when we would all sit in it, she sat pretty

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Old February 25th, 2007, 11:20 AM   #4
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How much do you want to lower it?
Early or late Super? Early cars can go lower than the later ones.

Swapping in shorter springs is a piece of cake.
Topline's sport springs will lower it slightly:
http://toplineparts.com/sportspring.html
These will lower it 2 inches:
http://www2.cip1.com/ProductDetails....ode=C29%2D1385

If you want to go more than 2 or 3 inches you'll need to start looking at adjustable or lowered/shortened strut housings and inserts which involve a little more work than swapping the springs.

Topline has a "super low" kit:
http://toplineparts.com/superlow.html

There are other parts and kits out there, just search the online VW vendors.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 11:36 AM   #5
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oh scott, im glad your online. i pulled the bumpers yesterday, should get the strips off today. ill figure your shipping cost too, not tryin to hijack btw
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Old February 25th, 2007, 11:37 AM   #6
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Sounds good, thanks.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 01:26 PM   #7
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Default Re: Do-it-your-self super beetle lowering

to SCOTT H: mine is an early super, I would never buy a late one, but anyways your saying that I can lower the front end buy just using those springs? I always thought that I would have to get different struts too!?!?!?!????

to AIRHEAD: why would it stay stock height with the cut coils buy would lower when you sat in it? Sounds a little unstable, but the cutting of the coils and the lowering springs are all the same thing.


I'M CONFUSED AS OF WHAT TO DO! somebody please clarify for me.
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I do no recomend it, but I yanked the springs out entirely. Was a very stiff ride but was also very low. Looked good rode like crap and was free.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 02:10 PM   #9
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Default Re: Do-it-your-self super beetle lowering

So you took the springs out in the front, did you adjust the torsion bars in the back so it was equally as low? I guess I could try cutting the springs and see how that works out and eventually get nice ones. anymore suggestions anyone?
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Old February 25th, 2007, 03:19 PM   #10
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I have cut coils out of two supers in the past. It did lower the front, but at a price, the ride was harsh. On the plus side it was free and looked good.
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Default Re: Do-it-your-self super beetle lowering

I can remeber the insert to well I think it was VW rabbit it has a shorter body that will fit inside the strut . then you can cut and shorten the strut by 2 to 2.5 inches .or go to topline like scott said
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Old February 25th, 2007, 04:22 PM   #12
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i will have a set of front lowering struts as soon as i get the ones from topline. this is as soon as i get the ragtop roof clip sold off in a month or so. if you want them i can sell them to you when i get the new ones. how soon do you need them. cause it all depends on when i get the new ones when i will sell these ones. let me know. oh yeah they lower the front 4 inches if that helps. and they are for a 71 super to.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 04:43 PM   #13
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to SCOTT H: mine is an early super, I would never buy a late one, but anyways your saying that I can lower the front end buy just using those springs? I always thought that I would have to get different struts too!?!?!?!????
Shorter springs are going to lower your car. How much lower depends on the height and spring rate of the springs you install.

On my '72 I'm running stock springs with 2.5 coils removed, in the stock strut housings. I wouldn't cut more than that without going to a shorter strut housing. Losing the 2.5 coils makes them 3" shorter than stock but when they're installed the car is only about 2" lower because the spring rate of the spring went up when it was cut. The ride is stiffer than stock but not uncomfortable at all as long as I run stock rubber swaybar bushings. With the urethane bushings it was too stiff and had a much harsher ride.

Also, I run cut-down late bump stops. I ran the early bump stops for a while but they're a little too long with the short springs so you have to keep an eye on them because they'll start splitting. The way the early ones are made they can't be cut down and still be useable. The way the late ones are made allows you cut cut them and they still work.

This is one of the cut springs vs. stock springs:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...ockvscut02.jpg

Stock bump stops; early on the left, late on the right:
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Stock early vs. cut down late:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...Picture018.jpg
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Old February 25th, 2007, 06:48 PM   #14
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Default Re: Do-it-your-self super beetle lowering

Thanks guys, I'm pretty much set on the front, now how do the rear end?
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Old February 25th, 2007, 07:22 PM   #15
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I have a set of lowered struts for sale they are complete and ready to bolt on. I got them with a 71 super that I bought that was completly disassembled. I mean every nut bolt and fastener was taken off of this car. $150 + shipping
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