Joined: April 07, 2012 Posts: 1 Location: Sacramento
Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:19 am Post subject: 1971 standard beetle suspension questions!
Since my first V-dub, a 99 new beetle, I have been in love with any thing Volkswagen. I have owned many many water cooled of all years and models as well as 1 aircooled. My aircooled was a 71 super
beetle but that was 10 years ago. Back then I knew that car inside and out other than the rear suspension. it came slightly lowered so I never needed to mess with it. I have now purchased my self a 71 standard beetle and needless to say, I'm pretty V~Dub rusty. However slowly but surely I am getting back in the groove of things.
My dilemma is I have no knowledge of the 71 standard suspension. I mean I know its on torsion bars front and back... Right? LOL and there is all this talk about Link Pin or ball joint, (pretty sure I figured out 71s have ball joint) what ever that really means. also swing axle or... whatever the other one is. What does swing axle even mean? and can't I lower my car with just an adjustment of the torsion bars? i know the proper way would be to invest in drop spindles and eventually I will. for now though, if I can achieve a decent drop with minimal cost for bushings probably and lowered shocks then i'm all for it!
anyways, any info you may be willing to share would be much appreciated!
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