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Post by DiggerD on Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:34 pm

Thanks to the Athens club and their tech weekend, Volkstock III, I was able to finish the front suspension rebuild and lowering strut installation on my 71. I started the rebuild a while back and was documenting it in the detailed repairs forum but ran out steam on it. I think some pics were taken during Volkstock and I will add them to the other thread as soon as I have them. Overall the install went pretty well. It was quite the task to complete it in one day, but I had alot of help from some very knowledgeable members of the Athens club, mainly Lake Jim and Joe who stuck with it to the end! cheers

So the rebuild went well, the calculations for the tire clearance was close, I can drive without rubbing, but just barely!! I plan to put a little smaller tire on the front and that should fix it. One thing to remember tho, is to always tighten the lug nuts when you are done!! Embarassed I can tell ya that it is a little disconcerning when you are tooling down the road at 3:00 AM and your tire comes off!! Oh well, I was able to stop just before going over a 30 - 40 foot embankment, and Ken and Inga, the hosts of Volkstock were kind enuff to get back out of bed and pull me out of the mud. The only damage was the left ball joint was ground down a little as I slid on it for 50 feet or so before going off the road. But hey thats just a way to get some more ground clearance right??

Anyway here are a few pics of the finished product sans smaller tires. (I will update once I get them)

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Post by aircooledaddicts on Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:14 pm

That looks really good!! I like it Cool
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Post by 71_georgia_beetle on Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:24 pm

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Post by DiggerD on Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:34 pm

I was wondering when you were gonna crawl out from under your rock................... Razz

Good job on the graphics tho, now make us some final inspection sign off sheets for next year!! :1:
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Post by Joe on Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:16 am

Glad I could help out. Cool
Should have waited till it was on the ground before I said double check everything. Shocked

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Post by DiggerD on Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:59 pm

New pic with 145's installed................. Cool

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Post by Joe on Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:45 am

Are they going to fall off? Laughing

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Post by panic_fan on Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:06 am

Hey Captain Lugnuts...U have a twin! Cool


Sunny, the percussionist from Widespread Panic!
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Post by DiggerD on Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:45 am

Joe wrote:Are they going to fall off? Laughing

I hope not, I put a thin coat of JBweld on the threads before tightening em down!! geek


(not really) lol!
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Post by DiggerD on Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:46 am

panic_fan wrote:Hey Captain Lugnuts...U have a twin! Cool


Sunny, the percussionist from Widespread Panic!
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Hmmmmmmmmm, I wonder how I can use this new found power for my advantage................... scratch
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Post by DiggerD on Thu May 13, 2010 10:50 pm

New recent pics...

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Post by DiggerD on Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:17 am

New pic.........

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Post by Grifspop on Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:44 am

That car has so much patina
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Post by DiggerD on Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:14 am

Grifspop wrote:That car has so much patina

Yeah, I think parking it outside this summer has enhanced it further. Now that the oil leaks are stopped, I'm gonna start to drive it more often...

another pic from yesterday:

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Post by Grifspop on Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:10 pm

It's not that "fake" patina, either
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Post by aircooledaddicts on Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:50 pm

Looks good as always Cool
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Post by DiggerD on Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:27 pm

Snow pic!! santa

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Post by camch on Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:41 pm

was that today?
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Post by DiggerD on Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:45 pm

Nah, actually that was Christmas day, I just finally got around to downloading my card from my camera. Embarassed I bet there will be plenty of opportunity to get snow pics in the next couple of days tho. (atleast thats what they are saying) Wink
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Post by camch on Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:48 pm

i hope there will be, just did not no if you guys got any today,thanks and hope to see you at YU BUGG'N again thyis year
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Post by DiggerD on Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:52 pm

We will be there. I think YU is shaping up to be the premier VW show in GA! Cool
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Post by camch on Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:20 am

Thanks for the support
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Post by DiggerD on Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:22 pm

Lowered the rear one spline today:

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Post by Grifspop on Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:03 pm

Looks good!!
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Post by ASBug on Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:21 pm

DiggerD wrote:Lowered the rear one spline today:

My 71 1302 1spline1
Any advice?
I am wanting to drop mine 2 splines.
How much did yours go down with the 1 click?
I am looking at around 4"drop to even out the front to back.
At the lowest setting, mine looks like a 4.5" drop at the front...
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