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Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 09:32 AM
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hey guys im new here and just have a question. first off i have a 1971 stand. bug that ive decided to make a baja but the problem is, is that when i baought it it was lowered (hoodride lowered) and im not sure how to get the rear back to the right heigth? the front is stock but the p.o. was running the car with no shocks so it is also low right now. should i raise the rear back to stock or raise it higher and how. ( i think i should of posted this in susp. topics??) o well any advise would be great. thanx.

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First off, welcome to the site!

To raise your rear end, you should only need to reindex the torsion bars. It's not hard to do, just kinda tedious and time consuming. The nice thing is you shouldn't need to spend any $$$ to do this, unless maybe your torsion bushings are shot, but they're cheap. BE CAREFUL is the main piece of advice, as torsions can be "pre-loaded", but since your car is lowered, I don't think it's possible that they're preloaded.

Here's a link I just found doing a Google search for "reindexing VW torsions."

Reindexing VW torsions


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Oh- and you can adjust your front end up slightly as well, but you'll probably want to consider a "cut and turn" on your front beam. Basically, you cut your front beam in half, and weld in adjusters to be able to control the torsion (and lift) of the front suspension. Lowered beams are also "cut and turned," but the adjusters are clocked the opposite direction so you can adjust them to take OUT tension which will lower the car.

Hope that makes sense!


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yes it does thank u very much. i'll give it a try. good search skills i searched all over before i posted this but couldnt find anything. i found one on utube that looked the same as mine but it was a type 3 that he was lowering so it kind of gave me an idea. thanx again.

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