Type 3 1961-73 Rear Suspension

Types of VW Type 3 Rear Suspension

There are two different kinds of rear suspension fitted to the Type 3: 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 Type 3 suspension:

Swing Axle – used on early 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 switch to IRS in 1968. 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 later models

IRS is a more advanced type of Volkswagen Type 3 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 later models. 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 Type 3 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 Type 3 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.

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