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Need to lower a T3 Caravelle

Discussion in 'T3 & T4 Tech Help Clinic' started by Greg Milne, Feb 4, 2015.

  1. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Greg Milne, this would be great option for you, if you want to tap your bus with the lowering stick! ;)
     
  2. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    send me a private message
     
  3. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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  4. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Pic of my 90 Caravelle with 30mm "factory" lowered springs I got from a pommie guy who worked @ Austral VW and ahd brought them out from the UK with him - would say it was more like a 25mm lower - even with the kits you can buy I recall the wording in the advert saying "up to" a 50mm or 60mm drop depending of course on the kit you bought so expect about a 40 or 50mm drop.

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  5. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Bigger [taller]tyres fill the wheel arches . Mags make the t3 a little less industrial:)
     
  6. hairyman

    hairyman Active Member

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    Great info in this thread :) thanks.

    My van only just fits into some car parks and it would be nice to have a little bit of breathing space (the two roof vents don't help) so I'm thinking about something similar
     
  7. Greg N

    Greg N Member

    Hi Greg,

    Welcome to the club. Did you only recently purchase your T3 from Lawson in the Blue Mountains? It looks very familiar

    Greg
     
  8. JoshJosh

    JoshJosh New Member

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    Any chance these are still in the back of your shed Coops?
     
  9. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    @JoshJosh

    if I had my time again and was wanting to save money I would just go to a spring place.

    originally my van was lowered by Universal Springs in Hoxton Park NSW.
    A heat treat version.
    With decent shocks the ride quality and handling would be good.

    whilst I am very happy with my H&R spring and Bilstein shock setup it was at a substantial price premium over what I had for minimal gain

    just make sure you have quality shocks in there
     
  10. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    Sends @prone a PM as I think he is removing some lowering springs from his DOKA
     
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  11. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Good old Photobucket :(...... post some pics up again -

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  12. prone

    prone Well-Known Member

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    Hi JoshJosh,
    The springs on my DOKA wouldn’t work as it has weitec lowering springs on the rear and original springs on the front.
    I do have a full set of Weitec lowering springs with very little use at home though. I was going to hang onto them in case I ever decided to lower my van again.
    If you’re interested I’d sell them for $300 if you’re happy to arrange and pay for postage.
    Cheers
     
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  13. JoshJosh

    JoshJosh New Member

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    Hi guys! Thankyou all for your valuable input :)
    I’d certainly be interested in the springs you mention depending what height they were. Did you happen to have a picture with those springs fitted by chance?
    Where are you located?
    Thanks in advance mate :)
     
  14. JoshJosh

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    Thanks for your advice mate :)
    I was going to go with bilsteins or possible Konis. I am very much interested in having a set of springs custom made tho.
    Looking to go airbags in the future, so not wanting to go too far down the rabbit hole of adjustable static suspension
    But in regards to springs, i thought I’d just see what else was about before committing. I’d rather help someone’s van budget before I buy elsewhere :) it all counts! Haha
     
  15. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    @JoshJosh

    consider different shocks then

    with a bit of work you can have 2” shorter shocks so you still have full travel
    The back is easy but bit ot work for the front.
    This is what I have
     
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  16. JoshJosh

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    What shocks did you end up sticking with?
    I did source a set of shorter t4 fronts and beetle rears as I thought that was a good compromise for lowering with 45mm - 60mm drop springs, but I’ve heard that the ride is pretty poor. Was interested in trying both setups and seeing where I land.
    Cheers
     
  17. prone

    prone Well-Known Member

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    Hi JoshJosh,
    By memory I think that it lowered the van by around 40mm. I had Koni Reds fitted with Weitec lowering springs. It handled really well but was a bit harsh for us on the bumps. Here’s a pic with them fitted. I’m located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
    Cheers
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  18. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Yes - beetle rears andNissan Nivara front.

    you need a different bolt and a new collet needs to be machined to get it to work.
     
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  19. JoshJosh

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    I’d love to know how you tackled the mounting mate :) please feel free to share :)
     
  20. JoshJosh

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    gorgeous van mate. Absolutely superb. Please pm me your details and we’ll organise those springs to Brisbane mate :)
     

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