Lowering Bay Window

Discussion in ''How To' & 'Handy Hints'' started by kmb175, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. kmb175

    kmb175 Member

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    Hi, was just wondering around about how much does it cost to get adjustable beams installed, so that kombi can be lowered more than 3 inches? Thanks.
     
  2. kanaka

    kanaka Member

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    Hi dont know where you are located but custon off road will do the job drive in drive out for abot $1200 dropped my lowlight about 4 inches they are in Brisbane
     
  3. Aazz

    Aazz New Member

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    Try using the Search function. ;)
     
  4. Split 1

    Split 1 New Member

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    If you can or know someone who can use a mig welder, You can buy the adjusters and do it yourself, takes about half a day or so.

    Dave
     
  5. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Wish I was as speedy as Split 1.

    Took us a bit longer but if you are a bit handy can be done.
    Front requires removal, disassembly, angle grinder, BIG drill, welder etc.
    Rear requires disassembly and adjustment.

    If you like no suspension travel and feeling every bump its a go!

    Looks great though.
     
  6. Split 1

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    I was only talking about the front, not the rear as well, that adds another 10-15 minutes lol,lol

    Dave
     
  7. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Still impressed Dave. Will be dumping the Double when we get it home. What are you doing next week?
     
  8. Doc

    Doc Active Member

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    2 1/2 inches $1275 on the Gold Coast makes my old fella worth about $3000
     
  9. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    What your old fella is worth is irrelevent. Just be careful not to over capitalise your ride!
     
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  10. kmb175

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    Sorry. I live in Newcastle. I'd probably prefer it done professionally...just the peace of mind that i havnt stuffed it up:lol:
     
  11. Alpal

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    Prostitution is a profession. I'd prefer to have it done properly.
    Due for a family visit to Newcastle. Merewether area. Nice!
     
  12. jon ward

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    hey guys, i lowered my kombi about 6inches a few months ago. Got the creative front adjusters and pulled out my front beam,got a mate to weld the adjusters in and while he was doing that i pulled the rear end out and lowered that then put the whole lot back together. Took me one solid day to dissmantle and re-assemble the front and rear ends.
    Looks good but its a tad bumpy!
    See Paul from east coast kombis pm me if u want his number.
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2008
  13. jerrys_bus

    jerrys_bus Active Member

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    Kimm at Penrith dose lowering on an exchange basis, will sell as a kit or will do it for you
    http://www.kruizinwagon.com.au/view_products.asp?pxa=42&id=30

    Best of luck with it
     
  14. GypsyWannabe

    GypsyWannabe Active Member

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    You could also try contacting Steve Muller (Kombi Rescue) on 0400 356 057. He's Sydney based but apparently lowered Lorraine's "Monty" (Ruby6689), so he travels.

    Good luck.

    Baz
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2008
  15. Roy

    Roy Administrator Staff Member

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    Check your Ball Joints for travel if you go more than 3 inch !!!!
     
  16. Alpal

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    Only familiar with Bays but bump stops will need adjusting and also check how far you go before you are feeling the tyre on your posterior. Maybe OK if you use smaller dia rims und low profile boots?
     
  17. live2surf

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    Is it really that bumpy and uncomfortable when a Kombis is lowered? I will need to lower mine (when I get one) to fit it in my carport! When reading other threads it has said they ride better but after reading this it sounds the opposite!? I would only lower 2inches for clearance.
     
  18. SunnyJim

    SunnyJim Well-Known Member

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    lowering

    we have 2 kombis in the family

    71 lowlight stock height - very floaty ride

    76 bay i got lowered about 3 inches all round with adjusters. comparing I find the stock 71 ride much more comfortable. the 76 looks great but i feel every road bump

    Because I had driven modern cars for so long I got used to having tyre pressures up around the 40psi mark. my mechanic had the bright idea that before I spend more money and reverse the whole procedure to lower the 76 kombi front tyre pressure from 40 to 30psi, as there really is no weight in a kombi fron end.
    This has made a big difference much more comfortable, however still not as comfotable as the 71 stock height


    i reckon they knew what they were doing when they built the buses back then.
     
  19. Justin_101

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    hey, does anyone know where i can buy the adjusters from.

    Cheers Justin
     
  20. jimma

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    I have been told that with an adjustable beam if you put drop spindles in it brings it all back to a stock ride feel, is this true?
     

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