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The Classic Volkswagen front suspension consists of a beam assembly that houses internal torsion slats that give the vehicle its suspension. Under a stock format, this works great for an original vehicle. It would have a classic look and a nostalgic feel. But that is the limit.

A standard upgrade to a Classic Volkswagen would be a disc brake upgrade. I get it; you get it; we all get it. We want to be safer....and we should. But to create that safety, the caliper and rotor combo need to grow in size to accomplish the feat of slowing a vehicle that wants to go faster than it really should. This upgrade adds width to the vehicle's track, making the drive-train under the vehicle wider. Depending on the vendor you use and the bolt pattern or lug pattern you use, you can change the width that can and will increase the width of your front suspension. Anywhere from zero to 1 1/2 inches or 38mm of track increase can be had with the upgrade.

Another standard upgrade is the addition of a dropped spindle. All drop spindles for the Beetle and Ghia add 3/4" (19mm) in total track or 3/8" (9.5mm) on each side.

More and more enthusiasts are also installing a new set of wheels on their Classic Volkswagen. With this upgrade, wheels can come in different offsets and widths that will increase the track width or decrease the track width.

These three standard upgrades can change the vehicle's track width tremendously, which means a Narrowed Beam needs to be purchased to bring the wheels back to OEM specs or narrower should you want to achieve a particular look or stance. Please understand the narrower you go without components that add track width can drastically lower the user experience with the vehicle. Although the stance might look cool, it won't drive awesome, so keep that in mind.

Since 2007, Airkewld has been building the Ultimate Beam using smelted American steel. The PRO's have built over 23,000 beams in the last 16 years. If you have been thinking about a suspension upgrade to your Classic Volkswagen, the PRO's at Airkewld know a thing or two and will guide you down the right path, even if it doesn't mean a narrowed beam.

Three different options are available to accomplish the same goal.
Order and install an Ultimate Beam narrowed to the needed spec to meet the wanted stance or fitment.
Order a PRObuilt Complete Lowering Kit with all the parts that allow you to have that stance or fitment, including an Ultimate Beam.
Order a spindle to spindle PRObuilt Beam by the Team of PRO's at Airkewld that breathe Volkswagen Drive-Train daily. This, too, includes the Ultimate Beam.

What makes sense for you? If you don't know, ask a PRO. Ask a PRO at Airkewld. It's Free, and the guidance has no strings.
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6 Inch Ultimate Narrowed / Adjustable Shockless VW Link Pin Front Beam - 2118 6 Inch Ultimate Narrowed / Adjustable Shockless VW Link Pin Front Beam - 2118

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 showcased here is six inch narrowed, without shock towers (ultra smooth ride). 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.

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 6/18/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 4 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video | Tools Needed

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Airkewld Army Price: $704.14 Each

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6 Inch Ultimate Narrowed / Adjustable Shockless VW Ball Joint Front Beam - 2112 6 Inch Ultimate Narrowed / Adjustable Shockless VW Ball Joint Front Beam - 2112

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 showcased here is six inch narrowed, without shock towers (ultra smooth ride). New torsions, and tie rods, are recommended for the best overall user experience. If you don't know what beam makes the most sense, click here.

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 6/18/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 4 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video |
Tools Needed


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Airkewld Army Price: $730.00 Each

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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 8/14/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 4 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video |
Tools Needed

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Airkewld Army Price: $790.72 Each

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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 6/18/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 4 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video |
Tools Needed

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Airkewld Army Price: $815.55 Each

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Ultimate Narrowed Adjustable Type 3 Conversion Front Beam - 2120 Ultimate Narrowed Adjustable Type 3 Conversion Front Beam - 2120

Lowering a Type 3.......is difficult. If you adjust the torsions with the factory beam, the ball joints bind up, giving the end user almost no travel and no user enjoyment. So you can do that, and as you did back in the 80s, you can still smile, but you know the wife isn't traveling with you as the ride is bonk. Yes, bonk. The PRO's had an idea with a few minor changes; we can update the front suspension to a 1969 Karmann Ghia and reap all the rewards of drop spindles, adjustable beams, and American-made disc brake kits. The Type 3 Ultimate Beam is here.

The T3 Ultimate Beam (T3UB) for the Type 3 allows you to adjust your ride height from stock height down to *seven inches on average. The T3UB has Delrin bushings, a steering dampener bracket, and grease-able zerks. The T3UB comes 4" narrowed with shock towers, torsions, and tie rods. New shocks, control arms, and eccentrics are needed to complete the conversion. Or you can go PRObuilt.

Made in the USA | Product updated 6/13/23 by Pete

Typical time to install - 6 Hours | Install PDF Link | Install Video |
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Airkewld Army Price: $1,048.84 Each

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