T1 1966-79 Beetle Front Ball Joint Air Ride Kit (Bolt on)
The Ultimate Aircooled VW Bolt on Air ride system, the industry leading T1 Beetle / Ghia Air Suspension Option
Looking to lower you Aircooled Volkswagen the right way with air suspension. Look no further.
Limebug is the only Aircooled VW specialist offering fully bolt on, true air systems (this means we do not utilize any of the original torsion bar system, and give you the full, maximum travel available).
This kit includes the following top quality components:
– This year kit is designed for T1 Beetle & T3 Ghia (Not Razor Edge, T34)
– 2x Air & Oil Shocks custom length and fitment for Ball Joint STD or Limebug Beam (See Options)
– 2x Titan Through Rods, (Several widths available).
– 2x Air Shock Fittings to 1/4″ Line
– 1x Shrader Valve – For manual pumping or small compressor systems
– 2x Upper Stud Bushings and Cups
– 1x Spool Air Line 1/4″
– 2x Nylock and Washer for lower Shock Fixing
– 4x Grease Seal Set – For Trailing Arms
– 4x Ball Joints (Long Travel, 2x Upper, 2x Lower)
Limebug’s British ‘Titan Engineering’ department have been developing the most functional, innovative and beautiful parts in the scene to date. We have just introduced our Bug & Bus air ride ranges. Each kit is designed by certified and accredited engineers here at Limebug, before being tested by us personally to ensure ease of fitment and function.
These air systems come with our online video tutorial for installation and operation, as well as a manual and guide to installation. Our video includes an explanation of upgrades, year differences. Neat tricks to look out for along the way, and other great ways to give you VW the look you’ve dreamt of without the nightmares.
Limebug Beam & Titan Jaw Breaker Beams
Available for stock beams Eye-Stud Fitment as well as Limebug & Jaw Breaker beams, using Eye-Eye. Limebug Air Beams use this style air shock to enable the air strut to run the correct way up and with a thinner body allow larger wheel sizes and greater steering lock.
Also these shocks have the air tap on the upper half of the body which is far safer than lower down the beam. Our recommendation is to convert to one of these beams if you intend to run air ride on your Ball Joint model VW.
What is the difference between your two beam options?
Simply put or Standard Air Beams allow you to lower the vehicle to a safe height without “grounding out”, we set the shock towers to ensure this based on tower position and air shock stroke length.
Our other option is our jaw breaker beams which allow for absolute grounding out with the correct rear setup. this is only recommended by us to be used with our air management system with ride control to ensure safety and looks.
Kit includes everything required to convert a Ball Joint Front Beam from torsion bar setup to through rod and air shocks.
Kit includes everything shown in image. This kit is assembled and manufactured in the UK using only premium quality parts.
Note: This kit is sold as a kit only, and all responsibility is the owner of the vehicle to ensure this kit is installed successfully and safely. To ensure your installation is safe please contact us for torque settings, suitable grease and maintenence info.
Titan Through Rods Explained
Please note: This Kit is made for off-road use only therefore NO Warranty or Guarantee is issued or implied.
Important Operational Info: Must Read!!!
When operating your air ride kit, you must understand that you now have total free range to move the suspension to its mechanical upper and lower limits. The air bags used are strong enough to lift the weight of almost two Beetles per bag. In order to maintain be sure never to exceed the mechanical limits of your vehicle.
For Link Pin front setups, with no mechanical restriction be aware over pressurisation will cause the shock to foul the front trailing arm. Be sure to inspect the vehicle with the wheels off and run the car through the travel noting the upper limit PSI, be sure also to never try and collapse an air shock with 0PSI, this will force the rubber bag sleeve between the shock body and cause chaffing/ cutting.
For Ball Joint front setups using standard front shocks, be aware to tie back the air shock pipe running on the lower line to avoid chaffing and ensure you have adequate clearance for the upper rubber bag under expansion. Again, note upper and lower limits as with the Link Pin models.
Also consider with Ball Joint models, when you reach the mechanical limit of your Ball Joints you will risk damage by adding more pressure.
If running T1 rear air kit, be aware of your steel and rubber bump stops, once you hit these the kit has nowhere to go and you will only apply more stress to the kit, the first sign you will get is a twist in your lower brackets, if you continue to apply pressure after this point you will cause more damage to surrounding areas. Again, to set up this area as with the front, have a friend monitor the height of the rear of your car when you do initial setup.
Also at this point consider that swing axle vehicles will lift considerably higher as soon as they move once air’d up due to the camber of the rear axle. When setting your ride heights do so applying pressure then drive the vehicle around approx 10-20 metres to allow the axles to re-settle then tweak and repeat until satisfied.
When Jacking the vehicle up always place the vehicle onto ramps or a jack, then let all the air out of the four corners to avoid an over pressurization situation when lifting the vehicle, then lift the vehicle off the ground afterwards.
If ever leaving your vehicle with a garage or MOT centre unfamiliar with air suspension, make them aware of the upper limits and inspect before and after picking the vehicle up to check for damage.
Always operate between 90-95% of the upper range NEVER 100%. As a general guide line rear kits rear their upper limits at approx 90PSI. The front around 130PSI. If you exceed these limits you WILL cause long lasting damage to the air ride kit brackets / trailing arms / shocks / Hardware.
If you drive the vehicle excessively low you will cause damage to your front axle / beam trailing arms along with the frame head. Always lift the car up to a suitable drive height and maintain air and mechanical joints and unions.
One final note if you put in a really high pressure and rear the mechanical limits be aware you will be damaging the vehicle even for a very short burst. Be careful and considerate to your air kit and you will enjoy many, many miles of hassle free driving fun.
MUST READ BEFORE INSTALLING!!!
When you first install your air shocks you must inflate them before dropping the vehicle down, if you do not do this the rubber sleeve will be forced inside the metal tube of the shock body. This will create a nick in the edge of the rubber bag meaning it will leak. You only need to do this on the first use as it will separate the bag from its manufacturer coating and unseal itself from the inner stem. ensure you have at least 10psi in before dropping.
If you are in any doubt and have a kit or considering purchase of a system and need more information, call us on 01782 922047 or email on: firstname.lastname@example.org