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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2002 7:11 pm    Post subject: Freeway Flyer Reply with quote

Statement: I am getting pretty sick of driving 55mph from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C. and back once a week. I have a bone stock '66 Beetle with a 1300cc motor. I can't eliminate the drive, and won't eliminate the car, but need to increase the speed.
Question 1: My understanding is that the transaxles from 1973 and later beetles are the same transaxles marketed as "Freeway Flyer's". True?
Question 2: If the above is true, and I obtain one of these transaxles, how difficult is it to take out the guts of the IRS, and put it in the case of my swingaxle? I'm confident with a wrench and a little time, but have never attempted this kind of task before. Any Advice?
Question 3: Should I give up on switching innards and just shell out the 600 bucks that Transform or CB wants for a Freeway Flyer?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2002 7:54 pm    Post subject: Freeway Flyer Reply with quote

i have a rancho pro street freeway flyer and love it. it has the 3.88 ring and pinion like the 73 and 74 bug tranny plus a .82 4th instead of the .89 which makes it even taller still. i can cruise at 80 mph at 3500 rpm. i also am running a porsche 912 generator pulley to overdrive the fan to make up for the gearing. i have had 3 of these trannys now (all rancho's) and love them. i could never go back to 55 after having one.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2002 8:17 pm    Post subject: Freeway Flyer Reply with quote

I have been running a freeway flyer in my 63 Bug and have no problem running 80+ ,stopping is another story. I would shell out the money and get one built right the first time. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2002 9:14 pm    Post subject: Freeway Flyer Reply with quote

rizzag11, what size motor are you running??? My transmission is at the rebuilder's shop right now, and I'm going to call him tomorrow to figure out gearing for it. I like the 80 at 3500 RPM idea, but I'm pretty sure I'd need the motor to back up those speeds. Thanks.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2002 11:03 pm    Post subject: Freeway Flyer Reply with quote

Tim, where did you get yours built? I want it done right the first time! Also, rizzag11, thanks for the tip, I'll call rancho tomorrow. By the way, anyone heard of a shop in SoCal called Transform? Good? Bad?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2002 11:08 pm    Post subject: Freeway Flyer Reply with quote

Hey Man! I can't believe you're only getting 55 MPH you've got something wrong, besides the tranny! Could be clutch, that's my first guess...My buddies got a bone stock '65 beetle, and it'll go 65-70 all day....and gets like 36 MPG on the freeway...It's a beast for a 40HP...I couldn't believe it! But I did just put a freeway flyer in my bus(more necessary in a bus) Check the site, and the tech procedure.
www.geocities.com/indianavwkid
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2002 11:30 pm    Post subject: Freeway Flyer Reply with quote

Well, I could go faster, but I just don't want to push the motor that hard, it sounds like it's going to explode when I go over 60. It's not the clutch or some mechanical problem, I just want some lower revs when I'm at speed.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2002 6:24 pm    Post subject: Freeway Flyer Reply with quote

James, I've owned two '74 Beetles with the 3.875 ratio and it is sometimes called a "freeway flyer", however, that sometimes also indicates that a taller fourth gear has been installed. They cruise fine at 80-90 mph in my experience.

I would caution against buying from Transform...I ordered a replacement tranny many years ago for one of my '74s and they sent me a 4.125 and would not even listen to me afterwards or admit their mistake. I live in Alberta and it was a major problem dealing with them long distance.

Why don't you try California Import Parts in Langley B.C....they used to stock Rancho trannies and I've always gotten good service from them? Neil.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2002 12:59 am    Post subject: Freeway Flyer Reply with quote

transform builds a good tranny, I have used several and always had good quality and good customer service.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2002 7:01 am    Post subject: Freeway Flyer Reply with quote

I purchased one from KCR transmissions. The internals are good, but the drain plugs on the case they sent me were cross threaded and retapped and I wasn't too happy about that.But the plugs tighten down good and have held for 4 years. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2002 1:09 pm    Post subject: Freeway Flyer Reply with quote

Is there any major disadvantage to running a low ratio tranny with a taller fourth gear? If not, why did it take VW until the Super Beetle to fit their own? I'm thinking of having my thing gearbox rebuilt -it's a swing-axle type with reduction gears- with a taller 4th gear. Has anyone else tried this? What were the results? I'd imagine a thing with stock suspension at 70+ MPH must be pretty hairy though!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2002 3:06 pm    Post subject: Freeway Flyer Reply with quote

any web site where i can find info or purchase a transmission? Im looking for 1 step better than a freeway flyer, Where can i find these?website? thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2002 4:19 am    Post subject: Freeway Flyer Reply with quote

Here are a couple of websites I've come across in relation to new/rebuilt transmissions.
www.bugtrans.com, e-mail [email protected]
Rancho have their own site - www.rancho.com(I think)
www.vwspeedshop.co.uk - suppliers of rancho 'boxes to the uk, very accessible site, wide variety and performance figures. I hope these help, Colm
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