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EG33
08:01:41 Fri
Nov 23 2007

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Beetle's Ride - Shocking?

Vehicle: 67 Bug w/IRS. Stock height & tires.

I've been driving bugs for years now. Street, Baja and some busses. All pre-68's. And as long as I could remember, when it came to shocks, the hot ticket was to jam some Bilsteins or KYB's around the four corners... i.e. Gas shocks or Xtra firm ones. From my experience the biggest down side of this was the (street) ride. Or should I say the lack of one. You could be guararanteed a jaw rattling, teeth banging ride on unfriendly roads. Not to mention that classy sounds your beetle makes when it HITS one of these road rutts or worse, railroad tracks.

I can see choosing shocks of this nature for some serious cornering and offroading.adventures. But for day to day driving.... I don't think they play a signifcant roll (no pun intended:smile:. And I can't think of good reasons to install them.

For some serious straight line runs I would think that some type of "rear suspension snubber(s)" & factory shocks would work to control the squat. And toss in a couple of good sway bars to firm up the roll when you have swerve to miss the occasional rabbit

I have NO experience in this area but was looking for some feedback on the "street" need to have brain concushion shocks. My ride "rides" just about stock height. So I haven't upset the caster or other geometry. Torshion bars have not been touched front or rear. But I am going to replace the body gasket and related rubber components. After so many years, I'm sure it pretty much metal on metal. Which would account for a percentage of the sound.

It's actually difficult to locate normal (soft) factory style shocks. Eveybody wants to sell you the hardcore curb jumping models. I would just like to get a nice ride back without feeling like I'm losing the body bolts every time I cross over rail road tracks or the latest LA sink hole :smile:

Anybody want to "ring in" on this one? I don't need it to float down the street on a cloud... but I also don't want to have to see my dentist every week ether :smile:


Your thoughs..

Thanks.
[3 edits; Last edit by EG33 at 00:50:46 Sat Nov 24 2007]

  
rotary_volky
04:57:40 Wed
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the best way to fix your suspension problem is to update the suspension to coilovers it will handle like a new car buy a set of QA1 coilover shocks and eliminate the torsion bars and your car will rides so much smoother


  
karmad
02:24:14 Wed
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CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME DID YOU MAKE THE SPRING PLATE ADAPTER OR DID YOU BUY IT ,I WOULD LOVE TO DO THE SAME

  
Utopiabugs
03:13:00 Mon
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What coilovers, length, spring rate did you use?

  
Utopiabugs
03:13:16 Mon
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What coilovers, length, spring rate did you use?

  

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