1973.5-74 VW Super Beetle Front Suspension Rebuild Kit

1973.5-74 VW Super Beetle Front Suspension Rebuild Kit
Part Number: FSKSUP7374

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In mid 1973 VW changed the design of the front suspension and a number of components. To determine if you have an early or late model 1973, look at the ball joint at the bottom of the strut assembly. If it is held in place with 3 bolts, you have an early 1973. If the ball joint is pressed in place (no bolts holding it to the housing) you have a late model 1973.

Product Description

VW Super Beetles have been prone to have a horrible shake in the front end as the front suspension components wear, so much so to the point the problem has earned the nickname of the "Super Beetle Shimmy". Our 1973.5 to 1974 Super Beetle Front Suspension Rebuild Kit is the first step to curing the problem. Our base suspension rebuild kit includes new ball joints, KYB strut inserts and urethane control arm grommets and bushings. If you want to lower the front of your 1973.5 to 1974 Super Beetle while rebuilding the front suspension we also offer EMPI's adjustable front assemblies which will lower your front end 2 to 4 inches. We've also assembled the most commonly needed steering and suspension pieces with the kit if needed. New front springs, upper strut mount bearing assemblies, tie rod assemblies, an idler arm bushing, steering damper and steering box can all be added to the kit if needed.

Ball Joints & Control Arm Bushings:
Ball Joints press in to the bottom of the strut assembly and attach the assembly to the spindle. Mid 1973 and later Super Beetles use the press in ball joint. If your 1973 Super Beetle has a bolt in ball joint you have an early model 1973 Super Beetle.

Our Urethane Control Arm Bushing Kit includes bushings and sleeves for the control arm at the chassis, bushing and sleeves for the sway bar at the control arm and grommets for the sway bar to chassis. Urethane is far more durable than the stock rubber grommets that VW originally installed.

Strut Inserts & Assemblies:
Strut inserts are the actual shock absorber in a McPherson Strut Assembly. The insert sits inside the strut housing and controls the ride of the car. We offer KYB Strut Inserts for the stock strut inserts or if you want to lower the front of your Super Beetle, we offer EMPI's Adjustable Strut Assemblies. The strut assemblies bolt in place of the stock strut housing and require shorter strut inserts, which are included with our kit. The assemblies lower your car 2 inches and are adjustable to a maximum drop of 4 inches.

Strut Mount Bearings & Springs:
Replacement Strut Mount Bearings are available if your existing units are frozen, damaged or missing. The strut mounts allow the strut unit to rotate as needed when steering.

New, stock replacement springs are available for Super Beetles if your springs have been cut, are sagging or are missing. The springs are sold as a pair and fit the original strut assemblies as well as our aftermarket adjustable housings.

Tie Rod Assemblies:
There are three tie rods in 1971 through 1974 Super Beetles. The first is the Center Tie Rod, or Drag Link, which connects to the steering box on one side and the idler arm at the other side. The left and right tie rod assemblies then connect to the center tie rod and attach to the left or right spindle. The left and right tie rod assemblies are interchangeable.

Steering Box, Damper & Idler Arm Bushing:
If your stock steering box is out of adjustment or locked up, replace it! The Super Beetle steering box is a direct fit, stock replacement for 1971 through 1974 Hardtop, Sunroof & Convertibles.

The steering damper is a shock absorber for the steering system on your VW. A worn steering damper can be evident if your steering wheel is nearly "yanked" out of your hands when turning over bumpy surfaces. A steering damper alone will not cure the "Super Beetle Shimmy".

The Idler Arm Bushing can be one of the contributing factors to a shaking front end in VW Super Beetles. The replacement bushing must be pressed into place (after the original bushing has been pressed out).

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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 Super Beetle
1973 - 1974
1973 - 1974


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