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Lowering Bay Window

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

  1. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    John, you'll have to shop around for the dropped spindles as prices will vary - as Col said Mick Motors (Northgate Qld) sells them ...... from experience in dealing with Mick & team his pricing is competitive with other suppliers and if you call them try to talk to Ross ;).
     
  2. Alpal

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    Purchased a set at Day of VW Yarra Glen last year from Wolfsburg. Cannot remember how much? Sounded reasonable at the time.
     
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  4. Aspro

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    Horse shoe plates are probably the worst way you can lower the rear of a kombi. Crap design and the bolts have a tendency to sheer under load. No one uses them anymore and if you are running them I'd be changing them to an adjustable spring plate. Plus that price is extortianate. You can buy a set in the UK for about £50.
     
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  5. vwkj87

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    If you lower the front with adjusters and drop spindles, do you need to start narrowing the beam to stop the wheels rubbing ?
     
  6. Barry

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    Depends on what wheels you are running - but if using both dropped spindles and adjusters i am gathering you are going 100mm low?? then the answer would be yes.

    Choose your wheels first and build your car around that.
    Dont do your suspension first and then see what wheels fit
     
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  7. vwkj87

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    Stock steelies
     
  8. cbus

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    Finding suitable wheels and offsets is very limited.
    People who do big drops have skinny small OD tyres and narrowed beams for a reason.
    2" dropped spindles and 1 inch rear will give a small rake up to rear ( depending on situation prior)
    With 195/ 75/ 14 tyres it will touch on hard compression with bums on seats and foul when doing tight lock U turns.
    Wider tyres touch earlier.
     
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  9. vwkj87

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    Thanks. Might just start with drop spindles and adjustable spring plates and see how that goes.
     
  10. Alpal

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    Drop spindles usually widen the front. Wheels and tyres will define clearance.
     
  11. vwkj87

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    Oh really, wider? I thought they only dropped lol. Why is that?
     
  12. cbus

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    How low do you want it.?
    If you want to save a lot of pi##ing around, drive normaly and 2" is enough (looks good but not slammed and benefits stability.)
    go adjusters and reposition on rear.
     
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    The empi dropped spindles add 20mm each side.
    Hence issues with wheel selection.
     
  14. KahunaKombi

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  15. KahunaKombi

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    you change the angle of the dangle and the heat of the beat etc (if you know how the saying goes) OR geometry of how it all sits.

    Agree with what Col has said - you want wide stay high, you want low go narrow. Wider will give you tracking.
     
  16. vwkj87

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    So adjusters front because can't have drop spindles with stock wheels?

    And just turn the rear instead of adjustable springs plates?
     
  17. Barry

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    I don't really get the adjustable Spring plate thing. You have to take the plates off to change them -just put them back where you want them.
    Guess you have some fine adjustment but .......am I missing something?
     
  18. vwkj87

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    Once they are installed you can adjust them without taking everything apart, I suppose how often do people actually adjust them? probably never.
     
  19. Aspro

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    They also make it easier to remove the rear wheels if you go low. Doubt you'll ever adjust them once they're on. Unnecessary mod if you only want to lower one spline on the rear.
     
  20. vwkj87

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    What's the difference between 1 and 2 splines ?
     

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