Hello! Log in or Register   |  Help  |  Donate  |  Buy Shirts  See all banner ads | Advertise on TheSamba.com  
TheSamba.com
 
Help lifting my 1980 Vanagon
Forum Index -> Vanagon Share: Facebook Twitter
Reply to topic
Print View
Quick sort: Show newest posts on top | Show oldest posts on top View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
CVanagon
Samba Member


Joined: November 01, 2020
Posts: 4
Location: BC
CVanagon is offline 

PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:04 pm    Post subject: Help lifting my 1980 Vanagon Reply with quote

I am doing alot of work on my vanagon and need help!

I am lifting it right now the westy 1.5 lift springs and compressed the old spring out. The new springs I got seem ridiculous bigger but say right on them go westy 1.5 lift spring. Had a hard time with trying to get those in and ended up buying a different spring compressor.

I now managed to get it all in there but I'm thinking it's too compressed? Is there supposed to be the black upper rubber PC or was this a previous 1/2 lift PC?

Any info will be greatly appreciated!

I feel like I don't like the idea of the metal on metal rubbing on the spring so it made sense to me to leave the rubber on the upper but I also didn't like how there was nothing stopping the metal on metal on the bottom of the spring?

This is the front driver side that I just completed but feel as tho the spring is over compressed.

Now I'm thinking of taking it out again and removing the rubber top PC or is there some thinner PC I can buy and put in top or bottom or both?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
MarkWard
Samba Member


Joined: February 09, 2005
Posts: 13432
Location: Palm Beach County, Florida
MarkWard is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:54 am    Post subject: Re: Help lifting my 1980 Vanagon Reply with quote

Front springs should have rubber "caps" that fit the top of the spring. The manual recommends using tape to hold them in place during the install. I don't think they are 1/2 thick.

The rear springs also have a rubber bushing on the top. There is an arrow on the outside edge to help orientate the upper spring pad.
_________________
1982 Vanagon Camper with ALH TDI.
1990 Vanagon Camper Syncro.
In Car https://youtu.be/5hbfdUJR88Q
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
CVanagon
Samba Member


Joined: November 01, 2020
Posts: 4
Location: BC
CVanagon is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Help lifting my 1980 Vanagon Reply with quote

Thanks man I'll try the tape out on the other side and see if she just ends up sitting nice. Nice driving!

Can you over compress and alter spring angles?

The spring is not sitting straight up and down is this normal?
You can see on the pic how the one side is close to the shock absorber and has a bit of a bend to it kinda.

One side is closer to the absorber then the other by quite a bit.
The tighter coils at the top seem really tight together. Does anyone else have these springs and do they look the same?

I just compressed the spring and fit it in, took the upper arm and brake line off, and managed to get it in there.

At the bottom I lined it up with existing spring location on the lower control arm, the groove and on the top I lined it up in the black pad in its grooves?

I thought it was that easy, or am I missing some further details?


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Forum Index -> Vanagon All times are Mountain Standard Time/Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

About | Help! | Advertise | Donate | Premium Membership | Privacy/Terms of Use | Contact Us | Site Map
Copyright © 1996-2020, Everett Barnes. All Rights Reserved.
Not affiliated with or sponsored by Volkswagen of America | Forum powered by phpBB