Classic VW Beetle Bugs How To Install New Shocks C. Vallone




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Dale Rose: I recently installed front shocks on my 71 Beetle. I have 2 inch disc dropped spindles and I bought shocks for lowered beetle. It was super hard to compress the springs enough to mount these shocks. Are shorter shocks unnecessary for slightly lowered bugs? Also, the lower ball joints are rubbing on my wheels. What's the trick?

JoeShmoeUserName: Hey Chris, I just bought a 74 bug and the front upper shock mount is completely blown out. I've looked around on the web, and saw that you have to replace the whole front axle beam to replace these. I just want to know if this is something that can be done with a floor jack in a garage, or if it is better to bring it somewhere to have it done. And if it can be done at home do you have any tips? I hope you respond because my bug is unsafe to drive and I would really like to get it on the road lol

Chris Vallone: you may need to apply heat, and torch em up

Alex Sweeney: Hey I was just wondering if you had some suggestions on taking off the old shocks. Mine are damn near impossible to take off. I have used a ton of WD40 and it still wont pop loose.

bigboidhb82: you should make a video on how to convert da brake system for more stopping power

Chris Vallone: yeah you can do it on the floor in your garage, but it is better on a lift. You just need a good set of jack stands to hold the car up while you take it off. Take the gas tank out too, it will help a bit more. Chris

Gary Giles: Really a lowered bug does not ride rough if you lower it right. lowered oil filled shocks give you a better ride. Kyb shocks are a little stiffer but will give you a good ride. if you lowered your vw by aftermarket beam adjusters, yes that will give you a rough ride no matter what shock you use, But to be honest if you listen to chris and by autozone shock LOL you will get a very crappy ride and have to replace every 200 miles. And sorry Chris for nthe negative feed back. But autozone ???

alhaurinrentals: Installation for VW Oval 1957 is the same?

ChuddleBuggy: Chris, I noticed on the removal of the stuck bushing you didn't even try using some penetrating oil. Granted you have easy access to a torch but your dad also didnt bother putting on grease on the install.

Chris Vallone: Yeah I am here man!! A lowered bug, regardless will ride rough. You can get better shocks, but it will still ride a lil hard.

MrBajaboy5b: dogs name should be air cooled :P

JakeusT: Im just about to replace my shocks tomorrow :) great help thanks Chris

tim drogt: chris, we lowerd our 73 beetle 1300, and now when you corner the tires hit the fender, the shocks feel really bad, would it solve the fender problem if we fitted lowerd shocks??

Caleb Shumway: Thanks for all your help. I really appreciate these videos.

Jason Fay: Chris I have a 1955 bug. looking at the rear shocks. I have lost the top bolt. this is not a nut and bolt set up. The bolt screws in to the tower (if I can call it that) any Ideas where I can find this bolt. description of the bolt: large and long grim and narrow and short thread

Chris Vallone: yeah even easier

bugstuffbuyer1985: Nice one Chris, I feel like this is a job that won't make me cry.

ChuddleBuggy: @brighteyefilms ah, yes, you do have to wait for the penetrating oil to work. I'm a big fan of grease though for unpainted surfaces if not just to keep them from binding up the next time around....which brings us back to the torch :)

mustie1: @MrBajaboy5b judging by the way they drool I would say hes water cooled, but he does resemble a vw bus

zzzdogutube: Chris, I noticed on the back shocks you didn't use a big flat washer. Not needed I guess.

Bruce Dreamin: Not sure if Chris is responding to questions, I haven't seen any responses. I also have a lowered bug (1968) and my bug is like riding on no shocks at all. I am wondering if lowered oil shocks will make my ride more comfortable?
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