Suspension

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  1. Lower Ball Joint
    Varga

    Lower Ball Joint

    Product Vehicle Years
    Buggy/Baja 1966 - 1979
    Karmann Ghia 1966 - 1974
    Beetle Cabrio 1966 - 1970
    Beetle 1966 - 1979
    131-405-371
    In stock
    AU$18.98 AU$17.25
  2. Outer Rear Torsion Arm Bush
    Product of the USA

    Outer Rear Torsion Arm Bush

    Product Vehicle Years
    Type 3 1962 - 1973
    Buggy/Baja 1960 - 1979
    Karmann Ghia 1960 - 1974
    Beetle Cabrio 1960 - 1979
    Beetle 1960 - 1979
    111-511-245/E /
    Out of Stock
    AU$9.63 AU$8.75
  3. Bare Front Axle Beam for Left Hand Drive
    Product of Brazil

    Bare Front Axle Beam for Left Hand Drive

    Product Vehicle Years
    Buggy/Baja 1966 - 1979
    Beetle Mexico 1966 - 1979
    Beetle Brazil/Fusca 1966 - 1979
    Beetle Cabrio 1966 - 1979
    Beetle 1966 - 1979
    Beetle Australia 1966 - 1976
    Beetle USA 1966 - 1979
    113-401-021/D /
    Out of Stock
    AU$471.85 AU$428.95
  4. Front Beam Skid Plate
    Product of the UK

    Front Beam Skid Plate

    Product Vehicle Years
    Karmann Ghia 1955 - 1974
    Buggy/Baja 1947 - 1979
    Beetle 1947 - 1979
    Beetle Cabrio 1949 - 1970
    AC401001
    Out of Stock
    AU$88.55 AU$80.50
  5. Avis Adjuster Grub Screw
    Forst

    Avis Adjuster Grub Screw

    Product Vehicle Years
    Buggy/Baja 1947 - 1979
    Karmann Ghia 1955 - 1974
    Beetle Cabrio 1949 - 1970
    Beetle 1947 - 1979
    AC401101
    Out of Stock
    AU$3.58 AU$3.25
  6. Lower Torsion Arm Seal
    Product of Brazil

    Lower Torsion Arm Seal

    Product Vehicle Years
    Karmann Ghia 1965 - 1974
    Buggy/Baja 1965 - 1979
    Beetle 1965 - 1979
    Beetle Cabrio 1965 - 1970
    131-405-129/ALT
    In stock
    AU$9.63 AU$8.75
  7. Coil Over Shock Absorbers 423/272mm Pair
    Forst

    Coil Over Shock Absorbers 423/272mm Pair

    Product Vehicle Years
    Buggy/Baja 1947 - 1979
    Baywindow 1968 - 1969
    Type 3 1961 - 1975
    Beetle Cabrio 1949 - 1979
    Beetle 1947 - 1979
    Splitscreen 1950 - 1967
    Karmann Ghia 1955 - 1974
    AC513001
    In stock
    AU$131.95 AU$119.95
  8. Front Wheel Bearing Kit, Disc or Drum
    Extra value Kits

    Front Wheel Bearing Kit, Disc or Drum

    Product Vehicle Years
    Buggy/Baja 1965 - 1967
    Beetle Mexico 1965 - 1967
    Karmann Ghia 1965 - 1967
    Beetle Brazil/Fusca 1965 - 1967
    Beetle Cabrio 1965 - 1967
    Beetle 1965 - 1967
    Beetle Australia 1965 - 1967
    Beetle USA 1965 - 1967
    311-498-625/BQ
    In stock
    AU$35.75 AU$32.50
  9. Axle Tubes Standard Length
    VW

    Axle Tubes Standard Length

    Product Vehicle Years
    Buggy/Baja 1947 - 1954, 1956 - 1979
    Karmann Ghia 1955 - 1974
    Beetle Cabrio 1949 - 1979
    Beetle 1947 - 1979
    AC501150
    In stock
    AU$130.85 AU$118.95

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Types of VW Beetle Front Suspension

There are three different kinds of front suspension fitted to the Beetle: two earlier types that use a torsion bar beam, and the third – fitted only to 1302/1303 models - that uses a ‘strut’ assembly instead. Below is a brief breakdown of the different types of Volkswagen Beetle suspension:

King and Link Pin - used up until August 1965

This beam consists of a pair of axle tubes, each housing torsion bars to which the trailing arms are attached. The trailing arms then support the stub axles by means of ‘king and link pin’ assemblies. If your shock absorber ‘towers’ (the vertical legs at the ends of the axle tubes) are straight, then you have a king and link pin model.

Balljoint - used from September 1965 onwards (but not on 1302/1303)

This beam also consists of a pair of axle tubes, housing torsion bars to which the trailing arms are attached. But on these models the trailing arm support a stub axle by means of a pair of ‘balljoints’. If your shock absorber ‘towers’ (the vertical legs at the ends of the axle tubes) are angled outwards at top, then you have a balljoint model.

MacPherson Strut - used on 1302 and 1303 (Superbeetles) only

There is no main beam.

Instead each stub axle is connected directly to an independent ‘strut’ (a sort of glorified coil-over shock) and balanced by control arms that mount to the chassis. If your spare wheel is mounted flat (horizontally) under your bonnet then you have a MacPherson strut model. Not useable on Beach Buggies, this suspension is occasionally found on Baja Bugs.

Types of VW Beetle Rear Suspension

There are TWO different kinds of rear suspension fitted to the Beetle: the standard ‘swing axle’ assembly, that uses rigid axles, and the ‘IRS’ type – fitted only to certain models. Below is a brief breakdown of the different types of Volkswagen Beetle suspension:

Swing Axle – used on most standard models

The swing axle assembly consists of a pair of rigid axles that pivot from the gearbox. These were used from the very earliest cars right up until the end of Mexican production in 2003. If your axles only have rubber boots on the ends of the axles that join the gearbox (and not at the hub ends), then you have a swing axle model.

Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) – used on 1302/03 & Semi-Auto

IRS is a more advanced type of Volkswagen Beetle suspension that features CV (constant velocity) joints both next to the gearbox and also at the hub end of the axles. These were only used on some later models, including 1302 / 1303 (Superbeetle) and Semi-Automatic cars. If your axles have rubber boots on both ends of axles (next to the gearbox and at the hubs), then you have an IRS model.

Of course VW Heritage stock an extensive range of parts for both types of VW Beetle rear suspension, including axle and CV boots, hub seal kits and bump stops. Plus a great selection of performance and styling parts, including adjustable springplates and uprated shocks. And remember, if you have a query about your VW Beetle suspension – or if you can’t find the part you require – just click on the ‘live chat’ button or call our sales team on 01273 444 000 at any time during UK business hours.