front end height and shocks.

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front end height and shocks.

Postby Kris Courtney » Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:44 am

Have a 2014 Vintage . The front end has one adjuster on the top beam . Which is all the way down . The leaves are in and move nicely . Ride height is 2 1/2 inches off wheel or 15 " shock length. Have KYB 2 gas shocks. Car front end is super stiff with gas shocks.

Like to lower 1 1/2

1] Should I put an Avis Adjuster on bottom ? Or pull three small leaves on bottom of torsion tube . Feels soft already with all the leaves in it.

2] Shock height would be at 13 inches . What shocks would fit.

3] Drop spindles don't work on spyders unless you get 4 " back set front rims .


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Re: front end height and shocks.

Postby egrant5329 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:39 am

I'm not an expert on Vintage spyders, but I would be shocked if lowering it doesn't cause the tires to rub. On a Beck the front passenger side would definitely rub especially when turning left.
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Re: front end height and shocks.

Postby EEricson » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:18 pm

You want low-cost oil shocks. Cofap or something. Gas shocks in these cars are notoriously too stiff for normal street driving.
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Re: front end height and shocks.

Postby Kris Courtney » Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:20 pm

Yes Koni s or boge/sachs sound good and fewer leaf springs would be a easer fix. Koni shocks are 9 "'to 14 travel which is perfect.Plus if there stiffer would make up on the leaf springs being weaker to lower it.
Larry like the kyb 2 shocks but mine were so stiff and only had about a 1 of compression.
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Re: front end height and shocks.

Postby albaran » Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:20 am

I got rid of the KYB gas shocks for the same reason because they were too stiff. But KYB also makes their Excel-G shocks that I replaced them with and they had a nice comfortable ride.
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Re: front end height and shocks.

Postby DannyP » Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:14 am

On my 2002 Vintage, I had COFAP stock shocks. They worked OK, but were pretty soft. I changed to KYB GR-2 and liked the slightly sharper ride. Some guys don't like them, but I wonder if they vary as mine weren't too stiff of a ride.

I have had really rough shocks in the past. I had Boge Turbo TS(I think?) on a Scirocco and they were really stiff, especially in the winter. They were for racing and/or autocross. My GF at the time said they hurt her funbags on bumps LOL!

On my current Vintage Motorsports Spyder, I have NOS Koni oil shocks from 1973. They are set at the softest setting, and are perfect. Not too soft, not too hard.
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Re: front end height and shocks.

Postby Kris Courtney » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:35 am

those Konis there travel is from 9'' to 14 is that right .
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Re: front end height and shocks.

Postby DannyP » Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:04 am

I believe it's 14.5" extended, but they do require the use of the factory VW shock extension/dust shield so they end up being stock length.

These:

https://www2.cip1.com/ProductDetails.as ... 498-441-CP
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Re: front end height and shocks.

Postby DannyP » Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:05 am

Don't forget the dust covers as well:

https://www2.cip1.com/ProductDetails.as ... 13-425-APR
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