The VW swing axle suspension has been a staple off road since dune buggys first hit the sand. For simplicity and strength there isn't much better. Grant it the swing axle does have its limitations and drawbacks. The camber change caused by only having a pivot at the transmission is extreme and can cause excessive tire wear. Couple that with the limited amount of wheel travel that the swing axle design offers and you can see why even VW swapped to the IRS suspension.
Just the same, the swing axle rear suspension is still found off road today in everything from race cars to high powered sand dragsters. Class 9 race cars and 1968 and earlier Class 11 cars are required to use the swing axle transmission and suspension. The shear strength of the swing axle transaxle makes it popular at the sand drags in lightweight and high powered sand rails.
We offer replacement swing axles and end housings if you are looking for replacement pieces or upgrades. We also have bearings, seals, axle spacers and of course we have the swing axle boots. Stock German made swing axle boots are available as well as split style and one piece aftermarket boots. Clamps and bolts for the boots are also available.
Swing Axle Boots & Clamps
Swing axle boots and clamps seal the pivoting point at the transmission to the axle tube.
Axles, Bearings, Housings & Seals
4340 chromoly swing axles are available in the 3 different sizes to suit most any needs. We also have the bearings, spacers, housings and seals needed to cap off the axle tubes.