Baja Bug Project
The first thing to be done with the Super Beetle is to bring the front end to its best. You could "just" chop off the front and replace the MacPherson-Strut suspension. Well, you might as well get a pre-1971 VW Beetle for cheap. Instead, add a new sway bar with good bushings, and a Super Beetle strut tie bar. The sway bar (second image) improves handling under cornering, and the tie bar goes across the top of the struts and strengthens the MacPherson-Strut suspension.
Add KYB gas-charged shocks, replace bushings, ball joints, tie rod and ends. I added a rebuilt steering box (not available in stock) and disk brakes. These were installed by French's Auto Parts in Yucca Valley, Ca. They squeaked at first for a few months when braking, but now are quiet.
All of the engine work, transaxle (and other work as indicated) has been done by French's Auto Parts in Yucca Valley, Calif. I was fortunate enough to have this highly qualified outfit just up the road in Yucca Valley. They have so far installed the front end reinforcements, as well as the front disc brakes.
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