Front Suspension

Front Suspension

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WARNING: I am not an expert on cars, automotive engineering, VW Beetles, beach buggies or anything else discussed in these pages. What I have written is my current understanding of the issues involved in building MY buggy. These opinions are based only on my own research in books and on the web. They, therefore,have no basis in fact, may well be wrong and potentially downright dangerous if taken to be gospel truth. If you intend to use any of this information for any purpose other than pure entertainment, then please get its validity confirmed by someone who knows what they're talking about! You have been warned...


This page contains the following sections:


Front Suspension Options

My design aim for the front suspension is to increase the ground clearance, wheel travel, damping control, width (to match 3x3 rear trailing arms) and strength beyond what the stock VW Type 1 is capable of. I'm aiming for around 18 inches of ground clearance, 12 inches of suspension travel and a track width that is 6 inches wider than stock.

Having already decided to go with a ball-joint chassis (see the 'Design Detail - Body' section of this site), my front suspension choices are limited, as virtually all after-market suspension upgrades are aimed at king-pin front suspension.

The available options for improving my front suspension performance are as follows:

Suspension Video

Click here to see a video of front and rear suspension on a Baja Bug working well.

A-Arm Kit

A-Arm Kit

A-Arm Kit.

Click here to see a slide show of the a-arm kit as it was when it arrived.

Frame Head Modifications

Frame Head Modifications

Frame Head Modifications.

Click here to see a slide show of the frame head modifications required to fit the steering rack.

Spherical Rod End Bearings

Spherical Rod End Bearings

The spherical rod end bearing was developed by the Germans in World War II. When one of the first German planes to be shot down by the British in early 1940 was examined, they found this joint in use in the aircraft's control systems. The H.G. Heim Company was given an exclusive patent to manufacture these joints in North America, while in the UK the patent passed to Rose Bearings Ltd. The ubiquity of these manufacturers in their respective markets led to the terms heim joint and rose joint becoming synonymous with their product. After the patents ran out, the common names stuck although "rose joint" remains a registered trademark of Rose Bearings Ltd. Originally used in aircraft, the spherical rod end bearing may now be found in cars, trucks, race cars, boats, industrial machines, and many more applications.

High Misalignment Bushings

High Misalignment Bushings

High Misalignment Bushings.

Stub Axles

Stub Axles

Stub Axles.

Wheel Bearings

Wheel Bearings

Wheel Bearings.

Shock Absorbers

Shock Absorbers

Shock Absorbers.

Coil Springs

Coil Springs

Coil Springs.

Bump Stops

Bump Stops

Bump Stops.

Limit Straps

Limit Straps

Limit Straps.

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