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  1. CV Joint Kit for 1302/3  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio
    HPC

    CV Joint Kit for 1302/3

    113-501-331/D

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1971-1979
    Karmann Ghia1968-1974
    Beetle Cabrio1971-1979
    Quantity:
    £45.50 £37.92
    In Stock
  2. Front Wheel Bearing Kit for Disc Brakes   fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Beetle USA,Beetle Mexico,Beetle Australia,Beetle Brazil/Fusca
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    Front Wheel Bearing Kit for Disc Brakes

    311-498-017/B/K

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1968-1979
    Karmann Ghia1968-1974
    Beetle Cabrio1968-1979
    Beetle USA1968-1979
    Beetle Mexico1968-1979
    Beetle Australia1968-1976
    Beetle Brazil/Fusca1968-1979
    Quantity:
    £23.50 £19.58
    Out of stock – no due date.
  3. Front Wheel Bearing Kit  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio
    Forst

    Front Wheel Bearing Kit

    111-498-625/F

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1950-1965
    Karmann Ghia1955-1965
    Beetle Cabrio1950-1965
    Quantity:
    £24.95 £20.79
    In Stock
  4. Front Wheel Bearing Kit  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Beetle USA,Beetle Mexico,Beetle Australia,Beetle Brazil/Fusca
    Heritage Kits Logo

    Front Wheel Bearing Kit

    111-498-625/BQ

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1950-1965
    Karmann Ghia1955-1965
    Beetle Cabrio1950-1965
    Beetle USA1950-1965
    Beetle Mexico1954-1965
    Beetle Australia1954-1965
    Beetle Brazil/Fusca1953-1965
    Quantity:
    £32.50 £27.08
    In Stock
  5. Wheel Bearing Kit, Front or Rear  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Type 3,Golf Mk1,Golf Mk2,Golf Mk1 Cabriolet,Golf Mk3,Golf Mk3 Cabrio,Scirocco,Jetta,Corrado,Polo Mk3 6N,Vento,914,924
    Forst

    Wheel Bearing Kit, Front or Rear

    311-498-017/B

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1968-1979
    Karmann Ghia1968-1974
    Beetle Cabrio1968-1979
    Type 31968-1973
    Golf Mk11975-1983
    Golf Mk21984-1992
    Golf Mk1 Cabriolet1979-1993
    Golf Mk31992-1998
    Golf Mk3 Cabrio1994-2002
    Scirocco1974-1992
    Jetta1979-1992
    Corrado1989-1995
    Polo Mk3 6N1995-2000
    Vento1992-1998
    9141970-1976
    9241976-1985
    Quantity:
    £14.75 £12.29
    In Stock
  6. Wheel Bearing Kit, Rear for IRS  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Type 3,924,944
    Forst

    Wheel Bearing Kit, Rear for IRS

    113-598-071/RF

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1968-1979
    Karmann Ghia1968-1974
    Beetle Cabrio1968-1979
    Type 31968-1975
    9241976-1985
    9441982-1985
    Quantity:
    £39.95 £33.29
    In Stock
  7. Wheel Bearing Kit, Rear for IRS  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Type 3,924,944
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    Wheel Bearing Kit, Rear for IRS

    113-598-071/R/BQ

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1968-1979
    Karmann Ghia1968-1974
    Beetle Cabrio1968-1979
    Type 31968-1975
    9241976-1985
    9441982-1985
    Quantity:
    £52.96 £44.13
    In Stock
  8. Front Wheel Bearing Kit  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio
    Forst

    Front Wheel Bearing Kit

    311-498-625/F

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1965-1967
    Karmann Ghia1965-1967
    Beetle Cabrio1965-1967
    Quantity:
    £34.50 £28.75
    In Stock
  9. Front Wheel Bearing Kit  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Buggy/Baja,Beetle USA,Beetle Mexico,Beetle Australia,Beetle Brazil/Fusca
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    Front Wheel Bearing Kit

    311-498-625/BQ

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1965-1967
    Karmann Ghia1965-1967
    Beetle Cabrio1965-1967
    Buggy/Baja1965-1967
    Beetle USA1965-1967
    Beetle Mexico1965-1967
    Beetle Australia1965-1967
    Beetle Brazil/Fusca1965-1967
    Quantity:
    £20.95 £17.46
    Only 4 Available
  10. CSP Front Wheel Bearing kit  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Buggy/Baja
    CSP

    CSP Front Wheel Bearing kit

    AC498118

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1966-1967
    Karmann Ghia1966-1967
    Beetle Cabrio1966-1967
    Buggy/Baja1966-1967
    Quantity:
    £33.50 £27.92
    Only 2 Available
  11. Tapered Roller Bearing  fits Beetle,T2 Bay,T25,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Type 3,Golf Mk2,T4,Golf Mk3,Corrado,924,944
    Topran

    Tapered Roller Bearing

    113-517-185/C

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1969-1979
    T2 Bay1976-1979
    T251980-1992
    Karmann Ghia1967-1974
    Beetle Cabrio1969-1979
    Type 31967-1973
    Golf Mk21990-1992
    T41991-1994
    Golf Mk31992-1998
    Corrado1989-1995
    9241976-1988
    9441982-1985
    Quantity:
    £19.25 £16.04
    Out of stock – no due date.
  12. Grease Cap Right Front Hub  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Type 3
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    Grease Cap Right Front Hub

    111-405-692/B

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1966-1979
    Karmann Ghia1966-1974
    Beetle Cabrio1966-1979
    Type 31966-1973
    Quantity:
    £6.95 £5.79
    Out of stock – no due date.
  13. Wheel Bearing Kit, Front or Rear  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Type 3,Golf Mk1,Golf Mk2,Golf Mk1 Cabriolet,Golf Mk3,Golf Mk3 Cabrio,Scirocco,Jetta,Corrado,Polo Mk3 6N,Vento,914,924
    Meyle

    Wheel Bearing Kit, Front or Rear

    311-498-017/B/BQ

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1968-1979
    Karmann Ghia1968-1974
    Beetle Cabrio1968-1979
    Type 31968-1973
    Golf Mk11975-1983
    Golf Mk21984-1992
    Golf Mk1 Cabriolet1979-1993
    Golf Mk31992-1998
    Golf Mk3 Cabrio1994-2002
    Scirocco1974-1992
    Jetta1979-1992
    Corrado1989-1995
    Polo Mk3 6N1995-2000
    Vento1992-1998
    9141970-1976
    9241976-1985
    Quantity:
    £19.50 £16.25
    In Stock
  14. Wheel Bearing Kit, Rear for IRS  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Type 3,Beetle USA,Beetle Mexico,Beetle Australia,924,944
    HPC

    Wheel Bearing Kit, Rear for IRS

    113-598-071/R

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1971-1979
    Karmann Ghia1968-1974
    Beetle Cabrio1971-1979
    Type 31968-1975
    Beetle USA1971-1979
    Beetle Mexico1971-1979
    Beetle Australia1971-1976
    9241976-1985
    9441982-1985
    Quantity:
    £30.50 £25.42
    In Stock
  15. Wheel Bearing, Front or Rear Outer  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Type 3,Golf Mk1,Golf Mk2,Golf Mk1 Cabriolet,Golf Mk3,Golf Mk3 Cabrio,Caddy Mk1,Scirocco,Jetta,Corrado,Polo Mk3 6N,Vento,914,924
    Koyo

    Wheel Bearing, Front or Rear Outer

    311-405-645/BQ

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1966-1979
    Karmann Ghia1966-1974
    Beetle Cabrio1966-1979
    Type 31962-1973
    Golf Mk11975-1983
    Golf Mk21984-1992
    Golf Mk1 Cabriolet1979-1993
    Golf Mk31992-1998
    Golf Mk3 Cabrio1994-2002
    Caddy Mk11983-1992
    Scirocco1974-1992
    Jetta1980-1992
    Corrado1989-1995
    Polo Mk3 6N1995-2000
    Vento1992-1998
    9141970-1976
    9241976-1985
    Quantity:
    £15.95 £13.29
    In Stock
  16. Wheel Bearing, Front Inner  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Golf Mk1,Golf Mk2,Golf Mk1 Cabriolet,Golf Mk3,Golf Mk3 Cabrio,Caddy Mk1,Scirocco,Jetta,Corrado,Polo Mk3 6N,Vento,914,924
    Koyo

    Wheel Bearing, Front Inner

    311-405-625/E/BQ

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1968-1979
    Karmann Ghia1968-1974
    Golf Mk11975-1983
    Golf Mk21984-1992
    Golf Mk1 Cabriolet1979-1993
    Golf Mk31992-1998
    Golf Mk3 Cabrio1994-2002
    Caddy Mk11983-1992
    Scirocco1974-1992
    Jetta1979-1992
    Corrado1989-1995
    Polo Mk3 6N1995-2000
    Vento1992-1998
    9141970-1976
    9241976-1985
    Quantity:
    £12.25 £10.21
    In Stock
  17. Front Wheel Bearing  fits Beetle,T2 Split Bus,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Type 3
    Forst

    Front Wheel Bearing

    111-405-625/A

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1950-1965
    T2 Split Bus1955-1963
    Karmann Ghia1960-1965
    Beetle Cabrio1950-1965
    Type 31963-1965
    Quantity:
    £14.75 £12.29
    In Stock
  18. Front Outer Wheel Bearing  Best Quality  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Beetle USA,Beetle Mexico,Beetle Australia,Beetle Brazil/Fusca
    Koyo

    Front Outer Wheel Bearing Best Quality

    111-405-645/A/BQ

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1950-1965
    Karmann Ghia1956-1965
    Beetle Cabrio1950-1965
    Beetle USA1950-1965
    Beetle Mexico1954-1965
    Beetle Australia1954-1965
    Beetle Brazil/Fusca1953-1965
    Quantity:
    £20.50 £17.08
    In Stock
  19. Front Outer Wheel Bearing  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Type 3
    Forst

    Front Outer Wheel Bearing

    111-405-645/A

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1950-1965
    Karmann Ghia1960-1965
    Beetle Cabrio1950-1965
    Type 31962-1965
    Quantity:
    £19.50 £16.25
    In Stock
  20. Wheel Bearing, Rear Outer for IRS  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Type 3,924,944
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    Wheel Bearing, Rear Outer for IRS

    113-501-277/A

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1971-1979
    Karmann Ghia1968-1974
    Beetle Cabrio1971-1979
    Type 31968-1973
    9241976-1985
    9441982-1985
    Quantity:
    £27.50 £22.92
    In Stock
  21. Wheel Bearing, Front Inner  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Type 3,Golf Mk1,Golf Mk2,Golf Mk1 Cabriolet,Golf Mk3,Golf Mk3 Cabrio,Caddy Mk1,Scirocco,Jetta,Corrado,Polo Mk3 6N,Vento,914,924
    Forst

    Wheel Bearing, Front Inner

    311-405-625/E

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1968-1979
    Karmann Ghia1968-1974
    Type 31968-1973
    Golf Mk11975-1983
    Golf Mk21984-1992
    Golf Mk1 Cabriolet1979-1993
    Golf Mk31992-1998
    Golf Mk3 Cabrio1994-2002
    Caddy Mk11983-1992
    Scirocco1974-1992
    Jetta1979-1992
    Corrado1989-1995
    Polo Mk3 6N1995-2000
    Vento1992-1998
    9141970-1976
    9241976-1985
    Quantity:
    £9.50 £7.92
    In Stock
  22. Wheel Bearing, Front or Rear Outer  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Type 3,Golf Mk1,Golf Mk2,Golf Mk1 Cabriolet,Golf Mk3,Golf Mk3 Cabrio,Caddy Mk1,Scirocco,Jetta,Corrado,Polo Mk3 6N,Vento,914,924
    Forst

    Wheel Bearing, Front or Rear Outer

    311-405-645

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1966-1979
    Karmann Ghia1966-1974
    Beetle Cabrio1966-1979
    Type 31962-1973
    Golf Mk11975-1983
    Golf Mk21984-1992
    Golf Mk1 Cabriolet1979-1993
    Golf Mk31992-1998
    Golf Mk3 Cabrio1994-2002
    Caddy Mk11983-1992
    Scirocco1974-1992
    Jetta1979-1992
    Corrado1989-1995
    Polo Mk3 6N1995-2001
    Vento1992-1998
    9141970-1976
    9241976-1985
    Quantity:
    £12.95 £10.79
    In Stock
  23. Wheel Bearing, Rear Inner for IRS  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Type 3,924,944
    Forst

    Wheel Bearing, Rear Inner for IRS

    113-501-283

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1971-1979
    Karmann Ghia1968-1974
    Beetle Cabrio1971-1979
    Type 31962, 1968-1973
    9241976-1985
    9441982-1985
    Quantity:
    £9.95 £8.29
    In Stock
  24. Wheel Bearing Front Inner  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Type 3
    Forst

    Wheel Bearing Front Inner

    311-405-625

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1966-1968
    Karmann Ghia1966-1968
    Beetle Cabrio1966-1968
    Type 31962-1968
    Quantity:
    £12.50 £10.42
    In Stock
  25. Wheel Bearing, Rear Inner for IRS  fits Beetle,Karmann Ghia,Beetle Cabrio,Type 3,924,944
    Koyo

    Wheel Bearing, Rear Inner for IRS

    113-501-283/BQ

    Product Vehicle Years
    Beetle1971-1979
    Karmann Ghia1968-1974
    Beetle Cabrio1971-1979
    Type 31968-1973
    9241976-1985
    9441982-1985
    Quantity:
    £17.95 £14.96
    In Stock

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VW Beetle Suspension

Buy your VW Beetle front suspension parts here

Like the rear suspension, the Volkswagen Beetle torsion bar suspension is one of the most rugged, effective and enduring suspension systems ever developed. It is so good the basic design of Volkswagen Beetle front suspension is still used in some of the most demanding motorsport environments on earth, and of course is still underneath millions of air-cooled Volkswagens worldwide. Later 1302 and 1303 Beetles use the more common MacPherson strut suspension, and naturally VW Heritage has all the VW Beetle suspension parts in stock to keep both types of classic Volkswagen Beetle front suspension in perfect working order, as well as a huge range of air-cooled Beetle parts to upgrade and modify your Beetle’s front suspension. To browse or buy the parts you need just follow the links above, or read on for further information on the different types of VW Beetle suspension.

Types of VW Beetle front suspension

There are actually three different kinds of Volkswagen Beetle front suspension – two earlier types that use an outwardly similar looking torsion bar beam, and the third – fitted only to 1302 / 1303 models – that uses a more modern ‘strut’ assembly instead. Here’s how the three types differ:

VW Beetle King and link pin beam – used up until August 1965

This is the earlier type of torsion bar front suspension where a beam consists of a pair of hollow axle tubes, each housing a stack of flat metal bars to which the trailing arms are attached. These are the Beetle torsion bars in this system. Four individual VW Beetle trailing arms then support the stub axles by means of ‘king and link pin’ assemblies. The VW Beetle king pin sits vertically, the link pins horizontally. Benefits are longevity and a greater degree of movement. Have a look under the front of your car – if your shock absorber ‘towers’ (the vertical legs at the ends of the axle tubes) are straight, you have a king and link pin model. Additionally your VW Beetle front shock absorbers will have a loop at both ends.

VW Beetle Balljoint front beam - used from September 1965 onwards (not 1302 / 1303)

This later type of Volkswagen torsion bar suspension also comprises a pair of axle tubes housing torsion bars to which the trailing arms are attached. But on these models a pair of VW Beetle balljoints support the stub axle at either end. Benefits are less maintenance and a smoother ride. Again, look under your car, if your shock absorber ‘towers’ (the vertical legs at the ends of the axle tubes) are angled outwards at the top, you have a balljoint model; your ball joint Beetle front shock absorbers have a loop at the bottom, but a strut at the top, which is fitted with a rubber beetle top mount.

MacPherson strut – used on 1302 and 1303 (Super Beetles) only

There is no main beam. Instead, each stub axle is connected directly to an independent ‘strut’ with a coil spring around it (more like a modern coilover shock) and balanced by control arms that mount to the chassis. If your spare wheel is mounted flat (horizontally) under your bonnet, you have a MacPherson strut model.

VW Heritage stock an extensive range of air cooled Beetle parts for all three types of VW Beetle front suspension, including complete Beetle front beams – both stock width and VW Beetle narrowed front beams, together with Avis-style and Sway-A-Way beam adjusters and a wide range of Volkswagen Beetle shock absorbers, reconditioned Beetle trailing arms, and more. Of course, we also hold stock of the Beetle balljoints, king and link pins, bearings, stub axles – both stock height and VW Beetle dropped spindles – and even complete replacement Beetle MacPherson struts. On top of all this we have a great selection of performance and styling parts, including lowered and performance Beetle shocks from KYB and GAZ, adjustable struts, Beetle long-travel balljoints, urethane bushes, caster shims, anti-roll bars and 1302 / 1303 adjustable lowering struts.

Buy your Beetle rear suspension parts here

The air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle suspension is legendary for its longevity and ability to stand up to whatever you can throw at it. That’s why VW Beetle suspension parts are still to this day used on off road race cars across the world. However, as with every other mechanical part on a Volkswagen Beetle, time, high mileage and a lack of maintenance can mean parts need changing or replacing. That’s why VW Heritage stock a wide range of parts for all types of classic air-cooled Beetle suspension, from Beetle axle boots to Volkswagen Beetle shock absorbers, ‘z’-bars and VW Beetle performance anti-roll bars. To browse or buy the parts you need just follow the links below, or read on for further information on the different types of VW Beetle suspension.

Types of VW Beetle rear suspension

In all models of Beetle there are just two different kinds of rear suspension: ‘VW Beetle swing axle suspension’ and ‘IRS’ (independent rear suspension). In reality, both systems are independent suspension, but the IRS system found on certain later models uses Beetle CV joints and works in a slightly different fashion. Below is a brief explanation of the two different types of Volkswagen Beetle suspension.

Beetle Swing Axle – used on most standard models


The VW Beetle swing axle assembly consists of a pair of short, rigid axles that pivot from their inner (gearbox) ends only and are located at the outer ends by solid Beetle rear spring plates, which have a splined end that connects to the torsion bars. This type of Volkswagen Beetle suspension was used from the very earliest cars right up until the end of Mexican Beetle production in 2003. The quickest way to see if your car has this style of classic Beetle rear suspension is to look under the rear of your car. If there are rubber boots only on the inner ends of the axles that join the gearbox, you have a swing axle model.

VW Beetle Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) – used on 1302 / 03 and semi-automatic

IRS is a more advanced type of rear suspension that features VW Beetle CV joints at both ends of the axles, which allow the rear wheels to move vertically up and down rather than in an arc. They still use Beetle spring plates and torsion bars but offer improved ride quality and cornering ability. Only used on some later models, including 1302 / 1303 (Super beetle) and semi-automatic Beetles. Again, look underneath and if your axles have rubber boots on both ends (next to the gearbox and at the hubs), you have an IRS model.

VW Beetle suspension parts

Naturally, VW Heritage stock an extensive range of parts for both types of VW Beetle rear suspension, including Beetle axle gaiters and Volkswagen Beetle CV boots, Beetle hub seal kits and bump stops. Plus we have a great selection of performance and styling parts, amongst them VW Beetle adjustable spring plates, rubber and urethane suspension bushes, heavy duty Beetle axles, classic Beetle KYB shock absorbers, and GAZ bolt-in VW Beetle coilovers for the ultimate in fine tuning.

Detailed Product Descriptions, Expert Advice, Express Delivery, 365 day returns - you can buy with confidence from the leading suppliers of VW Body Parts, Beetle Restoration Parts, VW Beetle Engines, Volkswagen Alloy Wheels, VW Spare Parts UK, Volkswagen Exhaust parts and Volkswagen Genuine Parts. Heritage Parts Centre - Aircooled VW and Beetle Restoration Parts specialists since 1986. 

VW Beetle History

History of the VW Beetle

The VW 1300 made its debut in 1965, using the crank from the new 1500cc Type 3 motor, stroke was increased to 69mm from 64mm. A “VW1300” badge was added to the rear to distinguish them from the lesser 1200cc model. Also from the Type 3 was the new balljoint front suspension, replacing the previous king and link pin set-up, this resulted in a more comfortable ride.


The 1300 also received some improvements over the stock 1200 models, including; an extra vent for quicker screen defrosting, locks to stop the seat backrests moving forward, the return of the semi circle horn ring as well as a headlamp dip/dim switch on the indicator stalk. Late 1965 cars (66’ model year) received new slotted wheels.
Another new engine was added to the range in late 1966 (67 model year), this time more like a type 3 1500cc engine, reworked to upright Type 1 spec, the new engine produced 44bhp, alongside the new engine, front disc brakes were introduced, with new wheels in a 4x130 PCD. Following complaints from buyers that having two keys was irritating, VW introduced a one key system which did doors, and ignition. A new deck-lid was introduced to cover the larger engine.


The 1967 Beetle was again one of the landmark cars, where a lot of things were set to change. Gone was the original sloping headlight shape which had changed little since the VW38 models, to be replaced by upright headlamps on new wings. The fuel filler had moved from under the bonnet, onto the front wing.
New rear lights with incorporated reverse lights, flanked a completely redesigned deck-lid, similar to that of the previous years VW 1500 with a larger number light lamp. New bigger and stronger bumpers were mounted higher, necessitating a shorter bonnet. A new dashboard had been introduced with fuel gauge, warning lights and indicator tell tales all incorporated within one dial.


Dual circuit hydraulic brakes were fitted on the 1300-1500cc, as well as 12 volt electrics. The VW 1200 had now been dropped from the line-up, though the 1300A (with 34hp) could be specially ordered if required. Six months later the 1200 returned in the form of the Sparkafer (Economy Beetle) and continued in production until the end of German production. For the first time there was an automatic Beetle offered, only available on 1500’s the new model featured advanced new rear suspension. Production of Mexican Beetles at Puebla begins.

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