EMPI's lowered shocks for Type 1 models with ball joint front end come painted bright white and are sold individually. This gas-filled shock is 11" 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. 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
Stock Height - Stock Shock
Lowered with Drop Spindles - Stock Shock
Lowered more than 3 inches with Adjustable Beam - Lowered ShockRear
The stock length rear shock absorber will work for nearly all lowered rear applications.
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.