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Post by type4revolution on Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:51 pm

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Post by fluxcap on Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:10 am

Yeah, I've been looking at both the thing and type 3 kits they sell.  If I go the thing drum route, I think all I'll need are the drums, the rest of what is already on the bus should work just fine with those drums.   Didn't get a chance to try again at the test fitting of the type3 drums this weekend.  Lots of work stuff got in the way, and I'm lazy, lol.  Maybe next weekend.

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Post by fluxcap on Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:47 pm

Thanks to the Bugs4Christ guys lending me a Thing drum, I'm now adding Type181 drums to this equation.  I did a test fit with a thing drum today on my passenger side.  It was EXTREMELY tight getting the wheel mounted and involved me put putting a length of pipe over the castle nut and sitting on this pipe to force the axle/springplate as I wiggled and fought to get the wheel onto the drum.  In the end I was very sweaty, but I was successful!  Would not like to do it on the side of the road, but if need be, it can be done.  Down the road, I'll change to 185/75 size tires which should help a little also.

The thing drum sticks out a lot further than the 4 lug bug drum with 3/8" wide five adapter.  Which is great cause it gave the tire a lot more springplate clearance as seen in the picture below.  I forgot to take a side by side comparison of the 4 lug with 3/8" adapter versus the Thing drum, but I did get a pic of the Thing drum vs. the wide5 Type 3 drum.  When sitting them both on spray can caps to simulate them on the outer bearing, the Thing drum stuck out 11/16" more than the type 3 drum.  I'm guessing the difference between the bug/adapter drum and the thing drum is probably around 1/2".   Before I fork over the money for a set of these drums, I'm going to do a test fit on the drivers side, just to make sure that side works as well (don't want any suprises), and I'll get the exact measurement then of all three drums in a row. (hopefully in a day or so).

Thing drum barely visible on left with a straight edge layed on top, type 3 wide 5 drum on right.


Spring plate clearance.

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Post by vw57drvr on Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:18 pm

Probably ghetto but could you add air shocks and only pump them up for a tire change?
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Post by type901 on Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:30 pm

Eric,

I am running thing drums on the rear and have no issue changing the tires.

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Post by fluxcap on Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:27 am

Yeah, I suppose pumping up air shocks would work, but only in my garage or at a gas station where air is available.  On the side of the road, I'd still be having to use my pipe over the castle nut, which is just as ghetto!

And Phillip, I think the reason I'm having so much trouble is the 14" rims (and big arse tires).  I haven't taken measurements of a 15" bus rim, but I'm guessing that extra inch in diameter helps the inside of the rim clear the drum (similar to how I can't run most disc brake kits since 14" rims won't clear the bigger rotors and caliper).  Pimpin stock wheels ain't easy! Laughing   If I had an extra 1/2" of clearance, it would go on a lot easier.  Where did you get your drums?

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Post by type901 on Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:51 am

Eric,

You are probably right, the 15" rim does allow for you to tilt it as it comes out and miss the fender and arm.
I bought them from CIP. When they do their sales promo's they are as cheap as some folks ask for used ones.
http://www2.cip1.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=VWC-181-501-615

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Post by fluxcap on Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:53 am

cool, those are the ones I had been looking at! Thanks

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Post by type4revolution on Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:45 am

Looks good man get it done.
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Post by fluxcap on Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:07 am

I'm getting it done as fast as I can!    Very Happy    Thanks for the links guys!

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Post by fluxcap on Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:01 pm

Ok, test fitted the drivers side today and Thing drums have been ordered!  The pipe I had been putting over the axle nut wasn't a perfect fit, so I took a 36mm socket and welded a piece of angle iron to it, and this worked a million times better than the pipe.

Here's the comparison pics between the 3 drums.

All three (thing, wide5 type 3, beetle 4lug with adapter)


Thing and wide5 type3 - the track of the thing drum is between 10 and 11/16ths bigger.


Thing and 4lug beetle with adapter - the track of the thing drum is 1/2" bigger


4lug beetle with adapter and wide5 type 3 - the track of the beetle drum with adapter is just under 1/4" bigger


Hillbilly drum/springplate force down tool (I need to cut it a little shorter)

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