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    Beetle T1 Suspension - how has it been lowered?

    Good Morning!

    Im very new to this forum and also very new to bugs! I’ve been gradually restoring this 1970 VW Bug and my next project is raising the suspension slightly as I think it’s a bit too low. I have a feeling that the front is on drop spindles (haven’t looked yet), but the rear is giving me some confusion. Is the only way the rear can be dropped being the spring plates? Having already refurbed the rear brakes, when the car is jacked up the spring plates are sitting on the lower stopper on the housing. So im unsure if these have been adjusted and by how much is another conundrum! Does anybody have any info on what angle these should be at stock height and is it just a simple case of whacking them off, adjusting to stick height then pushing back on?

    Many thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wazza350 View Post
    Im very new to this forum and also very new to bugs!
    First posts normally go in introductions else you could get a free fix and we never see you again!!!

    Crasher is our Beetle expert see what he says when he reads this. I think the rear springing is torsion bar.
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    You lower the rear by reindexing the torsion bar, it is easy to drop one but putting them back up is much more difficult without a spring plate compressor.
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