VW .24mm Flywheel Shim, Beetle, Ghia, Thing, 1966-79, Bus 63-71, Type 3 62-73

VW .24mm Flywheel Shim, Beetle, Ghia, Thing, 1966-79, Bus 63-71, Type 3 62-73

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The VW Flywheel Shim is .24mm thick and fits 1300-1600CC Type 1/2/3 Based Engines. A combination of 3 Flywheel Shims are used to set the crankshaft endplay. The shims are sold individually, a total of 3 Shims (Can be Different Sizes) are required. The shims fit 1966 through 1977 Standard Beetles, 1971 through 1979 Super Beetles, 1966 through 1974 Karmann Ghias, 1963 through 1971 Type 2 Bus models, 1962 through 1973 Type 3s and 1973 through 1974 Things.

Setting the crankshaft end play is crucial to ensure the main bearings do not wear out prematurely. The OEM specifications measurement is 0.075-0.125mm (or .003-.005") for those using the archaic imperial measurement in inches. Therein lays the biggest math hurdle that confuses people when it comes to ordering flywheel shims and setting the end play. We keep measuring in thousandths of an inch. So our recommendation is instead of trying to convert the flywheel shim measurements over to inches, get your initial end play measurement (which is usually done with a dial caliper that measures in inches) and convert that first measurement over to millimeters. Then all of the metric flywheel shims are much easier to deal with! For instance, when we measured the end play on our 1800cc Super Beetle build, we came up with a measurement of .044" (Forty-four thousandths).

To convert our thousandths to millimeters we multiply the inches measurement by 25.4, the length of 1" in millimeters.
.044(") X 25.4(mm) = 1.1176.

Now we take our end play in millimeters and subtract our minimum recommended metric measurement end play:
1.1176mm - 0.075m = 1.0426mm

So we want 1.04mm of shims.

Now using the available shims, .24, .30, .32, .34, .36 and .38, we want 3 shims that get us to that number, easy enough!
Drop out the decimal for "simplicity's" sake and we want three numbers to add up to 104.
34 + 34 + 36 = 104
So we want 2, .34mm shims and 1, .36mm shim - it's that easy.

As .076mm is the minimum recommended end play, if you want to play it safe, you might also to order some extra sizes of shims that are the same, slightly thicker or thinner than the "middle" shim measurement just in case. Unless you want to spend about $50 and just get 3 of each shim to have all possible combinations covered!

A middle measurement:
1.1176mm - 0.100mm = 1.0176mm
34 + 34 + 34 = 102 (one more of the same "middle" sized shim)

A max measurement:
1.1176mm - 0.125mm = .9926mm
34 + 30 + 36 = 100 (one thinner and one thicker shim)

We just listed a bunch of math, but hopefully the advice of getting away from imperial measurements for metric cars makes setting your end play easier!

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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 your car has been modified in any way.
VW Beetle
1954 - 1977
1954 - 1963
1964 - 1977
1954 - 1970
VW Super Beetle
1971 - 1975
1971 - 1979
VW Karmann Ghia
1956 - 1974
1957 - 1974
VW Type II (Bus)
1955 - 1979
Single Cab
1955 - 1979
Double Cab
1958 - 1979
1981 - 1982
VW Type 3
1962 - 1973
1962 - 1973
1966 - 1973
VW Thing
1973 - 1974


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