VW Lowered Ball Joint Beam - Ratchet Style Adjusters

VW Lowered Ball Joint Beam - Ratchet Style Adjusters

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The VW lowered ball joint beam with ratchet style adjusters will lower your car roughly 2" at the highest setting and can be adjusted further to a total of about 6" of drop at the lowest. The ball joint beam fits 1966 to 1977 Standard Beetles and 1966 to 1974 Karmann Ghias. The beam can also be used on 1973 to 1974 Things, but the shock towers do not have the tabs for the chassis braces.
JBugs staff member Sam.

Our Expert's Take:

The replacement front beam Zerk Grease Fitting threads in the beam have 5/16-18 threads. We don't know why the manufacturer chose this thread size as we can not locate a Zerk fitting to fit. We have successfully used (threaded them in by hand until they stop, then turned them a quarter turn with a wrench) 5/16-24 & 8x1.25mm Zerk fittings. Is this ideal, not at all, but the only other solution would be to retap the beam threads to a different size.

We install EMPI Front Beams in our own vehicles, finding them to be an excellent choice for budget minded daily drivers. However, a challenge emerges when customers desire top-tier quality beams sold at "Made in China" prices.

EMPI Front Beams are great products that represent economically viable alternatives. However, they should not be misconstrued to a level of perfection often associated with premium products. EMPI Front Beams are mass produced overseas, where they are stacked, packaged, and shipped together in large crates without any padding or separation. Regrettably, this transit process will lead to contact between the beams, resulting in minor imperfections such as chips, dings, and blemishes on the black primer finish. These imperfections are purely cosmetic in nature and have no impact on the performance of the beam whatsoever. We strongly recommend repainting EMPI Beams before installation, and feel with some prep work they will make a visually appealing addition to your vehicle.

If your pursuit involves securing a front beam of impeccable show quality, we advise exploring our AirKewld Front Beams. AirKewld beams epitomize exceptional quality and are meticulously packaged and shipped individually by the manufacturer. As a result, they exhibit few if any defects. It is worth noting that AirKewld Front Beams are premium products and come at a premium price.

EMPI Front Beam Scratch Examples
Examples of cosmetic blemishes found on EMPI Front Beams.

Casey's front beam disclaimer.

California Prop 65 Warning: Cancer and Reproductive Harm
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
1966 - 1977
1966 - 1977
1966 - 1970
VW Karmann Ghia
1966 - 1974
1966 - 1974
VW Thing
1973 - 1974


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