VW Split Screen Rear Suspension
Straight Axle Conversion Kit
With our straight axle conversion kits, those troublesome VW Bus reduction boxes can be removed. This is the least expensive way to lower your VW Bus rear suspension 3 1/2 to 4 inches (short travel shocks required) and take advantage of the higher gearing of a Beetle or Type 3. Kits include special length axle tubes, new gold anodized spring plates (not used, reworked stock spring plates that some competitors supply), gearbox gasket set, rear axle seal kits, brake cable extension tubes and instructions to complete the conversion. This is not a complete kit and will require other items depending on the year of your bus. You can source these parts used or we can supply most new, please call for information.
IRS Conversion Kit
This Kit will convert your VW Camper rear suspension 1955-67 to beetle based independent rear suspension (IRS) for a superior ride and handling and will lower your VW bus suspension about 3 1/3 to 4 inches (short travel shocks required). The kit includes, new special length “floating” CV axles, special IRS control arm mounting clamps with appropriate hardware, new gold anodized special length spring plates, gearbox nose cone gasket, brake cable extension tubes and installation instructions to complete the conversion. Note this is not a complete kit and will require other items available either new or used depending on the year of your bus. These include Beetle/Type 3 IRS gearbox, A arms, CV joints and rear brakes.
History Of The VW Splitscreen Transporter (T1)
It was possible to order both the 15, and 13 window Deluxes with Skylight windows, (AKA Sambas) bringing the totals up to 23 and 21 windows respectively. Sambas also came with a full length canvas sun-roof, though could be spec’d from the factory without.
Early 15s and 23s featured corner windows and skylights made of Plexiglas, though from 1954 the Skylights were replaced with glass, and in 1955 the corner windows were also replaced with glass.