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Old January 20th, 2016, 08:07 PM   #1
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I want to run big tires on the front and rear of my volksrod. If I could fit 40's I would be stoked, but I know even a 35" tire is going to be pushing it. I think I have the rear figured out with an air ride setup that will use air bags not air shocks. The front has me a little stumped. I want to use a vw beam and an extender, just not sure if I can get it low enough. I want the bug to still sit low to the ground, like 4" of ground clearance. I will be running drop spindles, and 4" of drop in the beam, but how else can I get the front end down? If I add adjusters to the beam, how much will I be able to drop it with those? Is there anything else I can do to drop the front?
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Old January 20th, 2016, 08:57 PM   #2
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Raise the frame head.

Also, look at Redux boxes on back.
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 07:14 AM   #3
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With a 35" to 40" tall tire you're gonna have some issues if you don't raise the frame head considerably, as Unkl mentioned.
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 08:40 AM   #4
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get a custom built extender with more drop in it.
For a custom piece, it might be well worth will to get in touch with Doug (DBUG47) at the volksrod shop.
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 10:00 PM   #5
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I have started researching the frame head raise. That seems like the best solution for the front. I am planning on building some drop into the extender and will see if I can talk the guy into a coupe more inches. He will know what works and what doesn't, or at least what he is comfortable with.
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 09:12 AM   #6
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The more you raise the frame head,
the less room you have for an extension.
Because of the shape of the hood.
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 10:40 PM   #7
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Yeah, been thinking about how to work that out. I've got to talk to the fab guy, but can't I build some of the drop into each side of the extender? I know they will build drop into the extender on the side the beam attaches. But can I also add some lowering to the frame head side? I am just thinking about this while I research, and still need to look at some more threads about extenders. Just wondering if people have done that?
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You can always cut out room for the tires on the sides, and put blisters on the hood to make room for the suspension mods underneath
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Clearing the rear torsion bars/ end caps can get crazy too. If you run the long bars, most you can run is 31".
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Old January 25th, 2016, 08:35 PM   #10
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Yeah, the torsion bars are a concern on the rear. But I have a plan for those with a combo of wheel offset and wheel adapter, plus a custom air bag setup that will get me out past the torsion bars. I like the blister/bubble idea for the hood. Just need to make sure it looks clean, and not like an afterthought.
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COULD "flip" the beam, to get more stretch.
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Old January 30th, 2016, 04:24 PM   #12
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Yeah, the torsion bars are a concern on the rear. But I have a plan for those with a combo of wheel offset and wheel adapter, plus a custom air bag setup that will get me out past the torsion bars. I like the blister/bubble idea for the hood. Just need to make sure it looks clean, and not like an afterthought.
That is going to be some major offset!
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