EMPI's lowered shocks for Type 1 models with link pin front ends and are sold individually. This gas-filled
shock is 11 1/8" long in the fully closed position and 14 5/8" at full open. The shock fits 1954 to 1965 Beetle and 1956 to 1965
Karmann Ghia models (with link pin front end). Lowered shocks provide a different range of travel than stock shocks, which helps to
eliminate bottoming out. Gas shocks compress more rapidly than oil-filled shocks, which makes them more responsive to changes in road
conditions, providing better contact with the ground and more stable handling. Gas shocks perform better in racing or off-road
applications, but tend to have a stiffer ride than the stock oil-filled option.
Shock Absorber Fitment: Front
The eyelets at the upper and lower ends of the shock have 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, gas charged 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.