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bw65vw Fri May 14, 2021 11:46 am

lowN2slo wrote:

Front
CB Drop spindles
4 Inch narrowed beam
15 inch Empi 5.5 wide
155's

Rear
Drop plates
185's

I like this look! What drop plates did you use?

1957L331 Sat May 29, 2021 1:55 pm

Finally finished lowering my 57'

-Front
4" narrowed adjustable beam form Aircooled Vintage works, no shocks
Disk brakes
4.5" replica Fuchs
155/60
Castor shims

-Rear
2" adjustable lowered spring plates from Air Cooled Vintage Works
6" replica Fuchs
195/65
Long axles, I plan to put disks on the rear to lose the adapters and bring the rear in 1" on each side. If the tranny ever needs to come out id like to swap in short axles













Nubber Sun Jun 13, 2021 9:23 pm

Great thread. A lot of the guys are saying "dropped one click in the rear". Question.. Is it more typical to drop an inner or an outer spline? Thanks

DevinHite Fri Jun 18, 2021 2:46 pm

Just finished up my bug. 62 Beetle.

Front: 4” narrowed beam/2.5” drop spindles by slowlowvw out of Virginia. Conti 145s on stock smoothies w/ a skid plate. (No Headlight Bucket cutting needed with these tires)
Rear: extended/notched spring plates also by slowlowvw. With conti 185s on stock smoothies.



MAW65 Sun Aug 01, 2021 6:27 pm

Hi guys
I would like to know if somebody has mocking up some '66 (10 holes vw wheels so they look closer to the porsche 356's
Thanks in advance

GruntDoc Wed Aug 04, 2021 1:17 pm

1957L331 wrote: Finally finished lowering my 57'
-Rear
2" adjustable lowered spring plates from Air Cooled Vintage Works
6" replica Fuchs
195/65
Long axles, I plan to put disks on the rear to lose the adapters and bring the rear in 1" on each side. If the tranny ever needs to come out id like to swap in short axles


CAREFUL. I put short axles on my 67. I'm running the same wheel and tire combo on the back and I was given some adjustable spring plates. There is NO WAY I have room for them. The adjuster would hit my tire. I'm going to have to put 3/4" spacers on the back to clear. I'm HOPING your disc brakes will push out that far, providing the space needed...but I'm unfamiliar with added offset due to discs.

1957L331 Wed Aug 11, 2021 10:45 am

GruntDoc wrote: 1957L331 wrote: Finally finished lowering my 57'
-Rear
2" adjustable lowered spring plates from Air Cooled Vintage Works
6" replica Fuchs
195/65
Long axles, I plan to put disks on the rear to lose the adapters and bring the rear in 1" on each side. If the tranny ever needs to come out id like to swap in short axles


CAREFUL. I put short axles on my 67. I'm running the same wheel and tire combo on the back and I was given some adjustable spring plates. There is NO WAY I have room for them. The adjuster would hit my tire. I'm going to have to put 3/4" spacers on the back to clear. I'm HOPING your disc brakes will push out that far, providing the space needed...but I'm unfamiliar with added offset due to discs.

10-4, thanks. Axle swap is a ways out anyway, just going to start with the disk brake conversion to lose the adapters, I haven't been able to determine if the disk brakes add any width

Chickensoup Mon Aug 16, 2021 7:11 pm

if i could get some measurements like the picture shown that would be awesome. heres my car with one outer notch dropped and stock tire size. but it hasent settled yet.






Nubber Fri Aug 20, 2021 9:41 am

Fantastic thread, helped a lot. Here's mine i just took off the stands.
Front:
4" narrowed adjustable beam
No shocks
2.5" drop spindles
Roughly 4.25"s drop.
205-40-17s on 17-7 rader
Rear:
1 inner spline
Stock shocks
1" spacers
215-45-17s on 17-7 rader
4" drop.
Bare in mind this is just off the jack stands and me push/pulling on the bumper a bit. May lay out some more after a spin


dub_corey Mon Aug 30, 2021 12:45 pm

1966 "Pigalle Special" I just rescued.

Stock wheels

Front:
EMPI 2" Narrow front beam
Drop spindles. I kept the drums.
Tires- 155/60

Rear:
One click outer spline
Tires- 185/65




buntist Sun Sep 05, 2021 10:06 am

casper67beetle wrote: FRONT SUSPENSION: DubAir Suspension / ViAir Compression / 2gal Tank
McPherson Air Shocks
3” Narrowed Beam
Nankang AS-1 / 175 55
Smoothies 15x5
REAR SUSPENSION: AtomWerk Adjustable Spring Plate
Doetsch Tech Progressive Gas Shocks
Nankang SP-9 / 195 65
DeepVeez Widen Smoothies 15x7







NICE! that thing is Bad Ass. Enough about the suspension. Tell us about your engine build. Lookin beautiful in there.

Richard D Mon Sep 06, 2021 6:27 pm

I'm wondering how the front air shocks are mounted, don't the shock mounts require cutting them off with a beam narrowed more than 2" or so?
ericgordVa wrote:



71 standard
repop gasburners/black Porsche logos

front- 145R15 firestone tires
3.5in stock narrowed beam
drop spindles
5/8 throughrods
monroe 756 shocks with 3/8 hydraulic line
HD swaybar
CB disc brakes

rear- 205/70/15 cooper tires "do not rub"
no torsions
no bumpstops
jaison710 bag bracket kit
2500 bags with 3/8 hydraulic line

480c comp with 4 gallon compressor

Chickensoup Wed Sep 15, 2021 3:50 pm

Rockin a stock width beam. specs as follows.

FRONT;

-stock width beam
-welded in sway away adjusters
-stock drums
-4.5in 356 replica rims(well, the one under the fender is)
-185/60 r15

REAR;

-lowered one outer notch
-stock drums
-4.5in replica 356 rims
-165/80 r15(need to be taller and wider IMO)


I dont get why so many people automatically jump to the whole "gotta have a narrowed beam" thing. unless your running wide or large offset rims i dont see the point unless your slamming the crap out of the car.















Richard D Wed Sep 15, 2021 6:03 pm

Kinda hard how to tell how low it is without a side shot from a distance.

Chickensoup Wed Sep 15, 2021 6:15 pm



maybe 3 inches from stock? ill take measurements later.

Richard D Wed Sep 15, 2021 7:09 pm

That’s pretty low. How bad is the rear camber?

Chickensoup Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:13 am

Only 2.2 degrees negative camber

dub_corey Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:50 am

I'm a few posts above you, if you want to see wider tires, similar setup. My axles might be shorter on my 66 though. I went mild 2" narrow because I needed adjusters and the beam was on samba for 200. I wouldnt go taller than 80 sidewall though.

Chickensoup wrote: Rockin a stock width beam. specs as follows.

FRONT;

-stock width beam
-welded in sway away adjusters
-stock drums
-4.5in 356 replica rims(well, the one under the fender is)
-185/60 r15

REAR;

-lowered one outer notch
-stock drums
-4.5in replica 356 rims
-165/80 r15(need to be taller and wider IMO)


I dont get why so many people automatically jump to the whole "gotta have a narrowed beam" thing. unless your running wide or large offset rims i dont see the point unless your slamming the crap out of the car.















Chickensoup Thu Sep 16, 2021 5:42 am

Hi, I saw your 66, nice car. Mines a 65 so same axles. I want to use some spacers on mine or go with long tubes eventually. That or I'll widen the rear rims 2 inches or so.

Thanks

Fred_e81 Sun Jan 09, 2022 9:14 am

Good morning,

I currently have 145’s up front on a stock length kingpin front beam. I want a slightly wider tire with about the same or slightly shorter sidewall. What size would you all recommend. I hear that going slightly wider helps w the handling of the bug.

Thanks in advance for all your help.



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