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Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 08:29 PM
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hi everyone,

yea yea i'm the new guy....just bought a 1970 baja bug this weekend. sorry no pics yet, but it is bright yellow and black. i'm located right in the heart of tempe, near to ASU. i found you guys through a google search. can't say i know much about these little beasts but i've always wanted one. figure i've got a lot to learn and maybe you guys can help me by breaking my balls and answering noob questions. like this one: how difficult and costly is it to put front disc brakes on my wee little super bee?

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Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 02:05 PM
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I once installed front disc brakes on a super beetle I had. It took me the better part of an afternoon, but would take someone else alot less time. It isnt as scary as it sounds. I think it ran me about $300 with new wheel bearings.


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cool, doesnt sound as work intensive or as costly as i presumed it would be. thx!

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Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 01:19 AM
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Some will tell you that if you're going to spend money on disc brakes, they're more effective on the rear wheels, as that's where the weight is at. You CAN have too much front brake on these light front-ended cars.

I think rears are cheaper too- I've had mine for awhile (and got them used), so honestly don't know that for sure.

Welcome to the site, btw!


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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 02:06 AM
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Welcome...
Now, this being Arizona "Bajas"...
- Is the Super Beetle already a Baja?
- Do you intend to use it offroad?
- If it hasn't been converted to a Baja, do you intend to?

The beam front suspension on what most people call a "Standard Beetle" works awesomely well offroad. The Macpherson Strut front suspension on Super Beetles is great for pavement use, but not suited for hard offroad use. If you get serious about fabricating things, a Super Beetle can be converted to a beam suspension or even a double a-arm. and can then be very durable and offroad worthy.

There are other VW forums which devote entire sections to discussing why and repeating the statement that Supers aren't good for offroad. In those forums, there are a few who insist that they can and have offroaded Supers. but it always turns out that they don't "Offroad" them hard, or have modified the car to the point that it is no longer Macpherson Strut suspension.


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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 05:47 AM
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Brakes, Great choice! I run 4 wheel disc, Why? I drive the car, or used to any way. If you are a baja, put the brakes on the front. Trust me. Then put in a praportioning valve to adjust them front to rear. Most of the stopping power is done on the front. I have done the try and stop with the bake disc only but it alwys works better with the front.


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k thx for all the info guys...

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