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VW Standard Front Suspension Kit, Beetle 1968.5-1977, Karmann Ghia 1968.5-1974



VW Standard Front Suspension Kit, Beetle 1968.5-1977, Karmann Ghia 1968.5-1974

    Item #: FSKT16877


    Price: $157.95



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    If your VW front end seems to wander around a bit or you dread every pothole and speed bump you come across, it might be time to rebuild your front end. We've put together a completely customize able kit for late 1968 through 1977 Beetles and late 1968 through 1974 Karmann Ghia VW Ball Joint Front Ends. The base kit includes Meyle or EMPI clearanced upper and lower ball joints, oil-filled shock absorbers and trailing arm seals. You can upgrade to Febi/Bilstein Ball Joints, KYB, Bilstein or Coil-over Shocks. We've even pulled the most common parts together and made it simple to add everything from Tie Rod Assemblies and a Steering Damper, to a new Steering Box, Adjustable Front Beam, Torsion Leaves, Drop Spindles and Sway Bar Clamps, all in one place.



    Please Note: The information listed below is for stock, unmodified VW's manufactured for sale in the US.
    VW's are commonly modified and very often parts from another year VW may have been installed on your car.
    California Pacific JBugs is not responsible for any errors if you car has been modified in any way.


    Beetle
    1968 VW Beetle Hardtop
    1969 VW Beetle Hardtop
    1970 VW Beetle Hardtop
    1971 VW Beetle Hardtop
    1972 VW Beetle Hardtop
    1973 VW Beetle Hardtop
    1974 VW Beetle Hardtop
    1975 VW Beetle Hardtop
    1976 VW Beetle Hardtop
    1977 VW Beetle Hardtop
    1968 VW
    Standard Beetle
    Metal Sunroof
    1969 VW
    Standard Beetle
    Metal Sunroof
    1970 VW
    Standard Beetle
    Metal Sunroof
    1971 VW
    Standard Beetle
    Metal Sunroof
    1972 VW
    Standard Beetle
    Metal Sunroof
    1973 VW
    Standard Beetle
    Metal Sunroof
    1974 VW
    Standard Beetle
    Metal Sunroof
    1975 VW
    Standard Beetle
    Metal Sunroof
    1976 VW
    Standard Beetle
    Metal Sunroof
    1977 VW
    Standard Beetle
    Metal Sunroof



    1968 VW
    Standard Beetle
    Convertible
    1969 VW
    Standard Beetle
    Convertible
    1970 VW
    Standard Beetle
    Convertible
    Ghia
    1968 VW
    Karmann
    Ghia Coupe
    1969 VW
    Karmann
    Ghia Coupe
    1970 VW
    Karmann
    Ghia Coupe
    1971 VW
    Karmann
    Ghia Coupe
    1972 VW
    Karmann
    Ghia Coupe
    1973 VW
    Karmann
    Ghia Coupe
    1974 VW
    Karmann
    Ghia Coupe



    1968 VW
    Karmann Ghia
    Convertible
    1969 VW
    Karmann Ghia
    Convertible
    1970 VW
    Karmann Ghia
    Convertible
    1971 VW
    Karmann Ghia
    Convertible
    1972 VW
    Karmann Ghia
    Convertible
    1973 VW
    Karmann Ghia
    Convertible
    1974 VW
    Karmann Ghia
    Convertible
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    Ball Joints:
    1966 and later Standard Beetles and Karmann Ghia have a Ball Joint Front End. Ball Joints must be pressed in (and out) of the trailing arms. The upper ball joint attaches to the spindle through and eccentric cam adjuster. We do sell the adjusters separately if you have lost or discarded them mistakenly. We offer Meyle, Febi/Bilstein and EMPI clearanced ball joints, all of which are more than suitable replacements. The clearanced ball joints are great for extremely low or lifted ball joint front ends as they allow for more travel than the stock ball joints.

    Shock Absorbers:
    Oil filled shock absorbers are included in our suspension kit and are what VW originally installed. Gas shocks will provided a slightly stiffer ride and are what most vehicles today have. We offer KYB Excel-G and Gas-a-Just shocks as well as Bilstein nitrogen charged shocks for stock height applications. Coil Over shocks will add a bit of lift for sagging front ends .

    Lowered shock absorbers are available for turned or adjustable front beams that need a shorter than stock shock. We offer EMPI's oil filled or gas shocks and KYB Excel-G shocks. Keep in mind, a "lowered" shock will not lower your car, it is merely a shorter than stock shock.

    Tie Rod Assemblies:
    Tie Rod assemblies connect the left and right spindles to the pitman arm on the steering box. Worn tie rod ends can cause loose or wandering steering. We offer stock replacement tie rod assemblies which come with the inner and outer tie rod ends and adjustment sleeves. Starting in late 1968 VW changed the tie tie rod ends to a larger tapered shaft than the earlier models. Late model tie rod ends have a 19mm nut holding the shaft to the spindle or pitman arm. If the your end has a 17mm nut, it is the earlier small shaft end. br/>
    Steering Damper:
    The steering damper is a shock absorber for the steering system on your VW. A worn steering damper can be evident if your steering wheel is nearly "yanked" out of your hands when turning over bumpy surfaces. The steering damper bolts to the front suspension beam at one end and the inner right tie rod end at the other.

    Steering Box:
    If your stock steering box is out of adjustment or locked up, replace it with a new TRW manufactured unit. The steering box is a direct fit, stock replacement for all Type 1 models, 1962 through 1977.

    2.5" Drop Spindles:
    Drop spindles are the best way to lower the front of your Beetle or Karmann Ghia. The drop spindles do not affect the ride quality and do not require any changes to your suspension, shocks or brakes. The spindles will drop the front of your VW 2.5 inches and do not require lowered shocks. You will have to change to a smaller tire. The stock 165SR15 (or equivalent) tire is too large and will rub when used with drop spindles.

    We offer drum brake drop spindle kits for 1968 through 1977 Beetles. You can use the disc brake drop spindles on Beetles but you will have to use the stock Karmann Ghia disc brake rotors and calipers.

    For the 1968 through 1974 Karmann Ghia, we offer the disc brake drop spindle kit. The spindles are direct replacements (although lowered) for late 1968 through mid 1973 Karmann Ghias. If you have a mid 1973 or later Karmann Ghia you will need to swap the rotors and calipers to the earlier calipers and rotors.

    Adjustable Beams:
    If your Ball Joint Beam is rusted, damaged or otherwise, it might be time to replace it. We offer adjustable ball joint front ends in stock width and 2" narrowed versions. Adjustable beams lower your front end and are adjustable with ratchet style adjusters from roughly 2 to 6 inches. 2" narrowed, adjustable beams allow the use of wider wheels (especially when using disc conversion kits) keeping the wheel in the fender well. We also have a 2" narrowed beam for use with drop spindles. The adjusters are installed with less initial drop to offer a more appropriate height adjustment range which is needed with drop spindles.

    Adjustable beams are sold without torsion leaves. Two sets of leaves are needed (one per tube) and narrowed beams will need narrowed tie rods as well. If you plan on lowering your car more than 3 inches, we recommend using the shorter, lowered shocks.



    Torsion Leaves:
    Torsion Leaves are the springs for you VWs front suspension. The torsion leaves sit inside each tube of the front beam and attach to the trailing arms. If your torsion leaves are weak and sagging or missing we have just the thing. Replacement ball joint torsion leaves are available in stock (full width) lengths as well as 2" narrowed lengths if you have or are buying a 2 inch narrowed beam.

    Both adjustable beams are sold without torsion leaves. Two sets of leaves are needed (one per tube) and narrowed beams will need narrowed tie rods as well. If you plan on lowering your car more than 3 inches, we recommend using the shorter, lowered shocks.


    Sway Bar Mounting Kit:
    The stock VW sway bar clamps to the left and right lower trailing arms with a metal clamp and tab. EMPI has come up with a far easier solution, stainless steel T-bolt clamps hold the bar much more securely than stock and are easier to install. The mounts include urethane grommets for better life and performance than the stock rubber units.

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