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Baja Bug Intro

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  • 1974 Super Beetle 1974 Super Beetle
  • 1974 Baja Bug 1974 Baja Bug
• The Super Beetle version of the Volkwagen has one drawback for off-road use: The MacPherson-Strut suspension (1971-75, and convertibles until 1979). All other Type I Bugs have Torsion-Arm suspension, which is more durable and adaptable.

• The Super's suspension can be beefed up for light off-roading.

• Earlier VW Beetle models these days are valuable unmodified, or restored; they may not be the best choice for a Baja project.

• VW parts suppliers: Aircooled.Net :: Airhead Parts :: Bug City :: California Import Parts :: CB Performance :: Chirco Performance :: Dan's Performance Parts :: California Import Parts :: JBugs :: Mid America Motorworks :: Pacific Customs :: SoCal Imports :: Scat Enterprises :: Wolfsburg West
  • Baja Bug Engine Baja Bug Engine
• Make the body/frame/suspension off-road equipped.

• Rework the interior for comfort and function.

• Replace the 1600cc stock engine with a 2110cc powerplant; beefier transaxle geared for low end power and highway speeds.
  • Baja Bug Engine 2100 Baja Bug Engine 2100
• Reinforce front end. Add sway bar and strut tie bar. The sway bar improves handling under cornering; the tie bar across the struts strengthens suspension.

• Add KYB gas-charged shocks and replace bushings, ball joints, tie rods, and tie rod ends.

• Add rebuilt steering box. Replace front drum brakes with disk brakes.
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