Our VW Adjustable Link Pin 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 setting. The link beam fits Standard Beetles 1954-1965 and Karmann Ghias 1956-1965.
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.
Sam Mebane joined the Jbugs team way back in the mid 90's. A Class 11 racing enthusiast, Sam has amassed in-depth knowledge on VW electrical systems and Beetle suspension. He has restored a plethora of VW's including a VW Thing, Squareback, several Beetles, and (currently) a Super Beetle. Customer service, tech support, product testing & development, and youtube spokesperson, Sam has done it all here at JBugs.
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.
Examples of cosmetic blemishes found on EMPI Front Beams.
California Prop 65 Warning:
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.