EMPI's lowered shocks for Type 1 models with ball joint front ends and are sold individually. This
oil-filled shock is 10 1/2" long in the fully closed position and 15 1/4" at full open. The shock fits 1966 to 1977 Standard
Beetle, 1971 to 1979 Super Beetle, 1965 to 1974 Karmann Ghia, and 1973 to 1974 Thing models (with ball joint front end). Lowered
shocks provide a different range of travel than stock shocks, which helps to eliminate bottoming out.
Shock Absorber Fitment: Front
The lower eyelet has a 12mm (just under 1/2") inner diameter sleeve. The mount on the trailing arm should measure about 11.9mm
(just over 7/16").If the hole is "too small" to fit on the lower mount, then the old shock sleeve has rusted in place and must be
removed. Sometimes a pair of vice grips is all it takes, sometimes heat, a chisel or even a cut off wheel have been needed.
Stock Height - Stock Shock
Lowered with Drop Spindles - Stock Shock
Lowered more than 3 inches with Adjustable Beam - Lowered Shock Rear
The stock length rear shock absorber will work for nearly all lowered rear applications.
EMPI recently changed suppliers for their shock absorbers and these shocks may come painted white, or red. Either way it will still be the correct, oil filled shock absorber.
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.
When installing a new shock absorber on the front of your VW, make sure that the old shock sleeve is removed. The bolt that the shock absorber bolts to IS NOT a shouldered bolt. The shaft of the bolt has roughly the same outer diameter of the threaded area. If the old shock sleeve is rusted in place, use a pair of vice grips to break it free and remove it.