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VW Beetle Cabrio Front Suspension

Buy your Volkswagen Beetle Convertible suspension parts here

Whether your Karmann Cabriolet has torsion bar suspension or is a later 1302 / 1303 Convertible with MacPherson strut suspension, Heritage Parts Centre has all the classic VW Beetle Convertible suspension parts you require in stock, along with a huge range of air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio front suspension rebuild and upgrade parts.

To browse or buy the parts you need, simply follow the links above, or read on for more information on the different types of Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet front suspension.

Types of VW Karmann Cabriolet suspension

All early Volkswagen Beetle Convertibles had torsion bar suspension. By early we mean soft top Beetles with a flat front windscreen and 5-bolt wheels. Up until August 1965, all Beetle Cabrio used king and link pin beam.

Outwardly similar to the other type of Volkswagen Beetle Convertible torsion bar front suspension it comprises a pair of axle tubes running across the car with the Beetle Cabriolet torsion bars inside and trailing arms and Convertible Beetle stub axles attached at either end. On the earliest Karmann Cabriolet king and link pin assemblies secure the stub axles. To be sure this is the type of Beetle Convertible front suspension you have, check if the shock absorber ‘towers’ are straight and if your front VW Beetle Cabrio shock absorbers have an eyelet and through bolt at both ends.

All Volkswagen Beetle Convertible suspension from September 1965 onwards (but not 1302 / 1303 models) use a balljoint front beam, which has a pair of VW Beetle Convertible balljoints supporting the stub axle at either end. These give a smoother ride and require less maintenance than a king and link pin suspension. To check, again look under the front of your soft top Beetle at your shock absorber towers. They should angle outwards at the top and your Cabriolet Beetle shock absorbers will only have a loop and a bolt at the bottom. The top will have a nut on a rubber Beetle Cabrio top mount.

1302 / 1303 Karmann Convertible front suspension

Lastly, all 1302 and 1303 Beetles use MacPherson strut front suspension. On these Convertible Beetle models, there are no horizontal beams and a noticeable bulge in the front bodywork. Each Cabriolet Beetle stub axle is connected to a ‘strut’ with a coil spring around it with control arms that mount to the chassis. The other easy check is to open the bonnet on your Volkswagen Karmann Convertible Beetle. If your spare wheel lies flat, you have a MacPherson strut Beetle Convertible.

Volkswagen Cabrio Beetle front suspension parts

We have all the suspension rebuild parts in stock for all of these systems, as well as an extensive range of Convertible Beetle suspension parts to upgrade and modify your Beetle’s front suspension. These include complete stock width and narrowed VW Beetle Cabriolet front beams, Sway-A-Way and Avis beam adjusters, stock and narrowed Beetle Convertible anti-roll bars, a huge selection of Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio shock absorbers, reconditioned Beetle trailing arms, stock and Cabrio Beetle long travel balljoints, stock height and VW Beetle Convertible dropped spindles and even complete replacement Cabriolet Beetle MacPherson struts, to suit both stock and VW Beetle Convertible lowering springs.

If you need any reassurance as to what type of Cabriolet Beetle suspension your car has, or need some advice on what parts are suitable for your car, call our sales team on 01273 444 000 at any time during UK business hours or click on the ‘live chat’ button.

History Of The VW Beetle

The 1960 Beetle brought more changes to the bodyshell, now all models featured indicators built into the rear lights, and separate indicators on the front wings. The 1960 models engine was increased from 30hp to 34hp, rather than a capacity increase the new power came from better carburetion and increased compression ratios. All models now featured fully synchromeshed gearboxes, the fuse box was moved inside the car, next to the steering column, and all cars now featured a windscreen washer.

Passenger grab handles and sunvisors, which had previously been options were now included on the export models. The fuel tank was once again redesigned in an attempt to make better use of the luggage capacity.

1961’s Beetle body was more or less the same as the previous years model, new rear lights were fitted, with individual sections for each light, the bonnet was now spring loaded, alleviating the need for the separate bonnet stay, which if forgotten could cause damage to the panel. A new screenwash system was introduced, rather than being pumped from the dashboard, the tank was pressurized using compressed air, refillable using a tyre air line at any service station. For the first time, VW had fitted the Beetle with a fuel gauge, dispensing with the need for a reserve tap.


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