718RSK Front Suspension problem

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718RSK Front Suspension problem

Post by GerrieBarnard » Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:22 pm

Hi guys,

I need some advice..... My 718RSK setup with Beetle linkpin front suspension is too high and hard. With the previous modification i modified the top beam leaf springs to freely rotate in the beam thus only using the bottom beam leaf springs. This works on the lowering but i believe this places alot of stress on the bottom beam torsion springs and it makes the front very hard.
What is the best for lowering the front? Adjustable beam or dropped spindles?

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Re: 718RSK Front Suspension problem

Post by retrovan » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:59 pm

As far as I have heard, its much of a muchness, adjusters are easy to set back to stock so would be preferred by most.

Have also heard of guys freeing both top and bottom and fitting Volkspares Coil-overs shocks.

As the car is so light in front, I think this may be the more softer ride.

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Re: 718RSK Front Suspension problem

Post by Tony Z » Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:15 pm

dont fit the coil overs. The shock's top mount isnt strong enough to handle the load you will be placing on it.
Adjusters on both beams with dropped spindle is the best way to lower a car.

Your car is so light that there is only 1 real solution for you. Change the tyres and rims - you need a bigger sidewall and low air pressure (around 0.6bar) to make things soft.
We had a 356 on this forum a while back who tried everything but didnt trust the lower air pressure. After about 2 years of faffing, he finally lowered his air pressure and finally had a result that he was happy with.

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Re: 718RSK Front Suspension problem

Post by John Alves » Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:11 pm

A sandbag up front might also help :)
No sense being pessimistic. It wouldn't work anyway.

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Re: 718RSK Front Suspension problem

Post by retrovan » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:21 pm

John Alves wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:11 pm
A sandbag up front might also help :)
Two in one solution .... :wink:

Big seatcover.... :shock:

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Re: 718RSK Front Suspension problem

Post by Bugger » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:57 am

Tony Z wrote:dont fit the coil overs. The shock's top mount isnt strong enough to handle the load you will be placing on it.
Adjusters on both beams with dropped spindle is the best way to lower a car.

Your car is so light that there is only 1 real solution for you. Change the tyres and rims - you need a bigger sidewall and low air pressure (around 0.6bar) to make things soft.
We had a 356 on this forum a while back who tried everything but didnt trust the lower air pressure. After about 2 years of faffing, he finally lowered his air pressure and finally had a result that he was happy with.
Tony is 100% correct

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