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So you probably just finished reading our article on "Identifying the condition of your Beetle/Ghia suspension" If not, check it out here. You have determined that you want to lower your Beetle/Ghia. Let's review some products we provide to get you lowered correctly. We must identify if you are building a cruiser or a performer.

Cruiser - Small engine application, not built for speed, low and slow baby.
Performer - Larger engine application, built for performance, nice and tight, power to the ground.

Front Suspension

* PRObuilt Adjusters - Drop you anywhere your shocks and tires will allow for. By themselves, no more than 4" drop to obtain an optimal ride. Welders are needed to install these.
* Lowered Shocks - These shocks do not drop the vehicle. They give you the ride quality you are after. Bolt-on.
* Ultimate Narrowed and Adjustable Axle Beam - Built-in adjusters in the beam give you 7.5" of adjustability. Available in various narrowed widths to allow larger wheels, disc brakes, or track adders. Bolt-on.
* Drop Spindles - Drop you 2.5" from where you are currently. Link pin Beetle/Ghia owners will need special tools to install these.
* PRObuilt Drop Spindles - Fully assembled spindles by the PRO's at Airkewld. All ready for you to bolt on and go.
* PRObuilt and Assembled Axle Beam - Fully assembled by the PRO's at Airkewld for a turn-key solution tailored for your ride comfort and application. Bolt-On
Rear Suspension

* Lowered Shocks - These shocks do not drop the vehicle. They give you the ride quality you are after. Bolt-on.
Initial Understanding

If you want to drop your ride 3 inches and narrow your track slightly, go with a 2" narrowed/adjustable Ultimate Beam. You install it, and it looks great, exactly what you want right now. 6 months down the line, you want to lower it more. You can adjust the adjuster lower, or you can add drop spindles. Drop spindles would be ideal. You install them and find out that they add 3/8" to each side, and now you are rubbing on your fenders when you turn. How do we fix that? Well, you can;


* Buy a 4" narrowed beam to compensate for the added track of those drop spindles
* Buy smaller tires
* Buy wider fenders
* Or you could plan and determine what works best in the long run.

Here is another scenario. Now you have a 3" narrowed beam, drop spindles, and smaller tires on your ride, and you want to stop better. Disc brakes are a great option, but depending on the manufacturer and the route you take with your ride, options could be detrimental to buying another beam, tires, or even fenders....again. Some disc brake applications add track width. That is not necessarily a problem, but if you do your homework in the beginning, knowing that will help you make better decisions. So you buy disc brakes from another manufacturer, install them, and they add 1" of track width. What are your options? Well, you can;

* Buy a 4" narrowed beam to compensate for the added track of those disc brakes
* Buy wider fenders
* Buy a different set of disc brakes that do not add track

The same can be said about wheel choice as well. If you know which wheel you want to use when the car is done, let us know the wheels and any specs you can get. We will help guide you to the best possible route.

Where are we going with this? So do your homework and plan.
Soooooooo now you have to know, after all this reading, you are either building a cruiser or a performer.

Cruisers: If you are setting up for a bitchin' cruiser, you need a set of drop spindles, an Ultimate Shockless Beam, and some lowered shocks. If you have welding skills and can fabricate, substitute the Shockless Beam for a set of PRObuilt adjusters and narrow up your own beam.

Performers - You want to transfer power to the ground, and you want to be able to handle the power. We have the products to make that happen—Drop Spindles, an 4" Ultimate Adjustable and Narrowed Beam, and Adjustable Shocks. Airkewld gives you the ability to adjust your ride height and your ride quality all in one package and done the right way. Purchasing the parts al a carte, as a kit or PRObuilt assembled, we can set you up right!

The products listed in the article are designed to lower your vehicle correctly and leave you with a smile after installation.

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Ultimate Adjustable VW Front Ball Joint Beam - 2100 Ultimate Adjustable VW Front Ball Joint Beam - 2100

A better way to lower a Classic Volkswagen Type 1 with ball joint front suspension (1966 through 1977) other than utilizing adjusters in the center of the beam is to order an Ultimate Adjustable Front Beam.

The Ultimate Beam (UB) allows you to adjust your ride height from stock height down to *seven inches on average. The UB has Delrin bushings, a steering dampener bracket, and grease-able zerks. The UB can come in stock width, up to 4" narrowed with shock towers. New torsions, tie rods, and shocks are recommended for the best overall user experience. If you don't know what beam makes the most sense, click here.

4" Narrowed is in Stock.

There are three ways to lower your 1966 through 1977 Type 1. Good, Better, Best.

Good
- Install a pair of adjusters, based on budget and skill set - no tech support
Better - Install an Ultimate Beam - Tech Support Included
Best - Install an assembled beam like the Stage 1 PRObuilt Beam - Tech Support Included

Made in the USA | Product updated 12/25/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 4 Hours |
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Ultimate Adjustable VW Front Link Pin Beam - 2102 Ultimate Adjustable VW Front Link Pin Beam - 2102

A better way to lower a Classic Volkswagen Type 1 with link pin front suspension (1949 through 1965) other than utilizing adjusters in the center of the beam is to order an Ultimate Adjustable Front Beam.

The Ultimate Beam (UB) allows you to adjust your ride height from stock height down to *seven inches on average. The UB has Delrin bushings, a steering dampener bracket, and grease-able zerks. The UB can come in stock width, up to 4" narrowed with shock towers. New torsions, tie rods, and shocks are recommended for the best overall user experience. If you don't know what beam makes the most sense, click here. This beam replaces the factory beam part number 113401021A.

4" Narrowed and Stock Width LHD are in stock


There are three ways to lower your 1949 through 1965 Type 1. Good, Better, Best.

Good
- Install a pair of adjusters, based on budget and skill set - no tech support
Better - Install an Ultimate Beam - Tech Support Included
Best - Install an assembled beam like the Stage 1 PRObuilt Beam - Tech Support Included

Made in the USA | Product updated 12/25/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 4 Hours |
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Stage 1 PRObuilt Adjustable Ball Joint Beam Complete - 2200 Stage 1 PRObuilt Adjustable Ball Joint Beam Complete - 2200

The BEST way to adjust a Classic Volkswagen Type 1 with ball joint front suspension (1966 through 1977), up or down, is by installing a Complete PRObuilt Beam. When the PRO's say complete, they mean complete. You will not need anything in addition to this assembly.

The Stage 1 PRObuilt Beam is built on the Ultimate Beam platform. It's made in stock width and up to four inches narrower than OEM to allow for wider wheels, drop spindles, and disc brakes, that add track width.

The complete beam comes as you see it, spindle to spindle, with an entire PRObuilt steering system installed and ready to bolt in and go. For a full list of details included with the beam assembly, visit the Complete Details section here.

Made in the USA | Product updated 4/30/24 by Pete

Typical time to install - 2 1/2 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Stage 1 PRObuilt Adjustable Link Pin Beam Complete - 2201 Stage 1 PRObuilt Adjustable Link Pin Beam Complete - 2201

The BEST way to adjust a Classic Volkswagen Type 1 with link pin front suspension (1949 through 1965), up or down, is by installing a Complete PRObuilt Beam. When the PRO's say complete, they mean complete. You will not need anything in addition to this assembly.

The Stage 1 PRObuilt Beam is built on the Ultimate Beam platform. It's made in stock width and up to four inches narrower than OEM to allow for wider wheels, drop spindles, and disc brakes, that add track width.

The complete beam comes as you see it, spindle to spindle, with an entire PRObuilt steering system installed and ready to bolt in and go. For a full list of details included with the beam assembly, visit the Complete Details section here. This beam replaces the factory beam part number 113401021A.

Made in the USA | Product updated 1/9/24 by Pete

Typical time to install - 2 1/2 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Stage 1 PRObuilt Adjustable Shockless Ball Joint Beam Complete - 2208 Stage 1 PRObuilt Adjustable Shockless Ball Joint Beam Complete - 2208

The BEST way to adjust a Classic Volkswagen Type 1 with ball joint front suspension (1966 through 1977) is by installing a Complete PRObuilt Beam. When the PRO's say complete, they mean complete. You will not need anything in addition to this assembly.

The Stage 1 Shockless PRObuilt Beam is built on the Ultimate Beam platform. It's made six inches narrower than OEM for that low look and to allow for wider wheels, drop spindles, and disc brakes that add track width.

The complete beam comes as you see it, spindle to spindle, with an entire PRObuilt steering system installed and ready to bolt in and go. For a full list of details included with the beam assembly, visit the Complete Details section here.

Contrary to belief, the shockless beam can ride amazingly when using Airkewld's Delrin bushings. One tip, though, is if the vehicle is adjusted down, the ride will be rough, lift it an inch, and the ride improves.

Made in the USA | Product updated 4/30/24 by Pete

Typical time to install - 2 1/2 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Stage 1 PRObuilt Adjustable Shockless Link Pin Beam Complete - 2209 Stage 1 PRObuilt Adjustable Shockless Link Pin Beam Complete - 2209

The BEST way to adjust a Classic Volkswagen Type 1 with link pin front suspension (1949 through 1965), is by installing a Complete PRObuilt Beam. When the PRO's say complete, they mean complete. You will not need anything in addition to this assembly.

The Stage 1 Shockless PRObuilt Beam is built on the Ultimate Beam platform. It's made six inches narrower than OEM for that low look and to allow for wider wheels, drop spindles, and disc brakes, that add track width.

The complete beam comes as you see it, spindle to spindle, with an entire PRObuilt steering system installed and ready to bolt in and go. For a full list of details included with the beam assembly, visit the Complete Details section here. This beam replaces the factory beam part number 113401021A.

Contrary to belief, the shockless beam can ride amazingly when using Airkewld's Delrin bushings. One tip, though, is if the vehicle is adjusted down, the ride will be rough, lift it an inch, and the ride improves.

Made in the USA | Product updated 4/30/24 by Pete

Typical time to install - 2 1/2 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Complete 1949-65 VW Beetle/Ghia PRObuilt Lowering Kit - 2170 Complete 1949-65 VW Beetle/Ghia PRObuilt Lowering Kit - 2170

A Great way to lower 1949 through 1965 Classic Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle and Karmann Ghia is with a Complete PRObuilt Lowering Kit from Airkewld. It lowers the vehicle from 2.50" or 63mm to 10" or 254mm up front and from stock height to 6" or 150mm in the rear.

Stock is a relative term. Even though you have not changed anything over time, you are assessing the vehicle's overall height as it currently sits. But it has relaxed over time, gradually starting to sag. This is what a stock Beetle at stock height looks like off the showroom floor, over a 6" gap between the top of the tire and the upper fender arch. Even the rear wheels have some positive camber.

Assembled in the USA | Product updated 6/23/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 12 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Complete 1966-68 VW Beetle/Ghia PRObuilt Lowering Kit - 2172 Complete 1966-68 VW Beetle/Ghia PRObuilt Lowering Kit - 2172

The Great way to lower 1966 through 1968 Classic Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle and Karmann Ghia is with a Complete PRObuilt Lowering Kit from Airkewld. It lowers the vehicle from 2.50" or 63mm to 10" or 254mm up front and from stock height to 6" or 150mm in the rear.

Stock is a relative term. Even though you have not changed anything over time, you are assessing the vehicle's overall height as it currently sits. But it has relaxed over time, gradually starting to sag. This is what a stock Beetle at stock height looks like off the showroom floor, over a 6" gap between the top of the tire and the upper fender arch. Even the rear wheels have some positive camber.

Assembled in the USA | Product updated 6/23/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 12 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Complete 1969-77 VW Beetle/Ghia PRObuilt Lowering Kit - 2173 Complete 1969-77 VW Beetle/Ghia PRObuilt Lowering Kit - 2173

The Great way to lower 1969 through 1977 Classic Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle and Karmann Ghia is with a Complete PRObuilt Lowering Kit from Airkewld. It lowers the vehicle from 2.50" or 63mm to 10" or 254mm up front and from stock height to 6" or 150mm in the rear.

Stock is a relative term. Even though you have not changed anything over time, you are assessing the vehicle's overall height as it currently sits. But it has relaxed over time, gradually starting to sag. This is what a stock Beetle at stock height looks like off the showroom floor, over a 6" gap between the top of the tire and the upper fender arch. Even the rear wheels have some positive camber.

Assembled in the USA | Product updated 6/23/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 12 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Gas Monkey Garage Beetle Package Gas Monkey Garage Beetle Package

Fits the following:
1949-1959 Type 1 Beetle-Bug-Fusca
1955-1959 Karmann Ghia
1960-1968 Karmann Ghia (with optional Transaxle package)
Gas Monkey Garage VW Build - Link

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