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Setting An Adjustable Beam:

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Setting an Adjustable Beam on Your VW Beetle


Adjusting the front ride height of a classic Volkswagen Beetle can significantly improve its stance and overall appearance. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of adjusting the VW adjustable beam on a 1963 Resto Custom Beetle, demonstrating how to achieve a more desirable ride height. Follow these steps to adjust your VW's front end to perfection.

Tools Needed:

Wheel Chocks
8mm Wrench
22mm Wrench
1/2" Drive Ratchet
22mm Socket
8mm Allen Wrench
Drive On Ramps

Step 1: Prepare Your Car

  • Ensure the rear wheels are securely chocked.
  • Jack up the front end of your VW Beetle.
  • Slide a pair of drive-on ramps under the front wheels and gently lower the car onto them, avoiding full suspension load.

Step 2: Access and Adjust the Beam

  • With the fuel tank removed for easier access, locate the lock nut and center adjuster at the top through the trunk, and similarly on the bottom tube.
  • Remove the lock nuts and use an allen wrench coupled with a wrench for extra leverage to loosen the torsion screw and nut due to tightness.
  • Loosen both the upper and lower adjusters, noting any load on the suspension.

Step 3: Set the Ride Height

  • Lower the car beyond its drivable height to start the adjustment process, using trial and error.
  • Jack the car up to your desired height plus an inch to account for spring settling.
  • Tighten the upper adjuster first, followed by the lower, then lower the front end.

Step 4: Refine the Adjustment

  • After the car settles, mark the fender height on the tire with tape.
  • Jack up the car again, measuring the difference, and adjust to about three inches above the desired height.
  • Loosen and then retighten both adjusters for final adjustment.

Step 5: Final Checks and Adjustment

  • Turn the wheels from lock to lock to ensure clearance with the fenders.
  • Double-check the tightness of the adjuster nuts and reinstall any lock nuts.
  • Remove the wheel chocks, and roll the car off the ramps to admire the new stance.


Adjusting the VW adjustable beam to modify the front ride height of your classic Volkswagen Beetle can dramatically improve its appearance and stance. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you'll be able to achieve the perfect look for your VW.