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Rear Suspension

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this user is offline Dave T

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on: December 01, 2020, 10:39:57 PM
Hi,
Have a question/problem maybe, i am building a buggy just got floorpan on wheels the rear end is not sitting as it should the arms are touching the horns no gap to put gaters on??? put wieght on g box as no engine yet move bit but not lot! does it just need to settle or engine to level it out?


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Reply #1 on: December 01, 2020, 11:24:12 PM
Hello and welcome.

You won't be able to tell the ride height until you've got an engine in and at least rolled it around a bit if not driven it. Nothing to worry about.

You may like to tell us all a bit about yourself and your project.
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Reply #2 on: December 02, 2020, 07:37:21 AM
The torsion bar spring plates may be in the position that is suitable for a Beetle with it`s heavy metal bodyshell. Buggy body being much lighter means that if this is the case the spring plates need rotating on the torsion bar splines to suit the gross weight of the buggy. It`s a process described here on the forum often.

But... wait until you have the engine in as the additional weight may be all that is needed.  Once engine is in and the wheels are on the groung give it a while for things to settle... which they will quite a bit.



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Reply #3 on: December 02, 2020, 08:09:33 AM
Welcome aboard -

As others have said, wait until you have a few more things bolted on before setting up the suspension - but when you do its a relatively easy job and loads of guidance on here when you need it

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Reply #4 on: December 02, 2020, 12:13:44 PM
What everyone has already said BUT when I raised mine a few years ago it took several miles of driving to get it fully settled.

Just leaving it or rolling it around didn't do it. A drive dropped it another inch or more

May settle on its own with weight if you haven't interfered with it, just letting you know my experience but that was after pulling everything apart
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Reply #5 on: December 02, 2020, 12:35:13 PM
Welcome on board,

As all the guys have pointed out about settling the rear.  ;-)up

It would be nice if you shared some more info about what you have and your plans for it also the area where you are as you may be surprised who may be close and be able to pop over and cross your path and help you out drinking tea/coffee and eating some biscuits.

There's lots of info on here but please don't hesitate to ask.

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Reply #6 on: December 02, 2020, 01:10:18 PM
if you want to fit the boots jack one side up on the lower shock mount it should lift the tube clear enough to fit the boot repeat for side 2