T1 Deluxe 1950-79 Beetle / Ghia Complete Swing Axle 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.
The Limebug deluxe air ride kit is the complete solution to taking a totally stock Beetle / Ghia with no modifications and converting completely including total narrowing of the front axle with fully built and assembled track rods, and then of course all the custom air suspension gear designed by our engineers here in the UK. This kit is the most conclusive solution to air ride for Aircooled VW's to date. No system touches this kit for quality, ease and simplicity of fitting and beautiful functionality.
Limebug is the only Aircooled VW specialist offering fully bolt on, true air systems (this means we do not utilise any of the original torsion bar system, and give you the full, maximum travel available).
What is the difference between your Complete and Deluxe Air Systems?
The main difference is you will get a Beam and Track Rods with a Deluxe system, the reason for the two kits is primarily down to a lot of people have already a front axle they want to use. This complete Air Ride is for these people. If you have a totally stock vehicle and want to narrow and put on air ride, the Deluxe kit is for you.
- Deluxe Kit = Full Air Ride System + Everything to Narrow your Front End
- Complete Kit = Full Air Ride System
Control your Ride, everywhere!
Simply using our manual paddle valve or digital systems, the kit allows over 7" of travel meaning no problem with steep driveways, speed bumps, cats eyes, potholes, rutted fields, getting on and off a ferry etc etc.
Titan Six-Point Brace System
Uniquely designed using the shock towers for lateral loading and using pre-load bars to the gearbox mount along with a cupped mount around the torsion tube housing. This system allows pre-load and left-right and front-back tweaks. This system prevents ""creep"" and chassis movement by adding strength to the existing structure in the same way as a strut brace.
No compromise, drop it to the deck design, you may wonder if the design of this kit restricts upper and lower travel, the answer simply is no. This kit will drop the spring plate (if notched or stepped) to bottom out metal-metal on the upper chassis bump stop with the rubber removed. Trust us, that is low.
Save your Fulcrums and Bearings
Commonplace faults with static lowering your vehicle is chewwing up fulcrum plates and wheel bearings from oil starvation, as well as tyre wear from continuous toeing in. Air ride gives you the ability to adjust the ride height to give you the best of both worlds, slam it for the shows, daily drive it in absolute comfort.
Bolt on also means, Bolt Off
So keep hold of your old parts, if you have enough of the car or want a new one, sell the kit on or transfer it, no need to re-buy.
Upgradable by design
our system is designed and configured to work with Manual paddle air systems, solenoids and the Digital Management systems from all leading manufacturers, as long as you are looking to use imperial 1/4" line a Limebug air system will work.
Straight out the Box
All kits come Powder Coated in a thick hard wearing Gloss Black, all hardware required to fit to any stock Beetle or Ghia is included. The only optional extras we offer are notched spring plates which we do recommend but are not essential in order to fit the kit if you intend to drive around at close to stock height normally.
the kit can be installed in 2 days with no issue and moderate experience, we provide a full online pdf step by step tutorial, an online video guide and are available on the phone 10:00-18:00 weekdays.
4-Valve Manual Air Management. Ultising a 4 gallon tank, twin dual needle gauges, air cut off switch. Our kit uses Viair 380c compressor available also as a dual kit. Fit the manual paddle gauges in the dash or glovebox. Comes with Stainless mounting plate. All gauges use 1/4"" line.
T1 Jawbreaker 4" Narrowed Air Ride Beam
Aircooled VW Beetle and Ghia 4 Inch Narrowed Beams, the industry standard in quality
Titan Engineering T1 Beetle Beam 4" narrowed, installation is simple and easy with no body modifications. Each beam is built by robots in the UK and fettled to spec by hand. Limebug is the leading supplier of narrowed beams in the industry.
Each beam is produced from CDS (Cold Drawn Steel) Seamless tubing, then turned to length, each adjuster slot is then milled into the tubing along with the 4x grease points. Next we fit our custom Xero adjusters in place which give over 7.5" of adjustment travel. These adjusters are set in place in such a way as to achieve maximum drop and still give a great range of upper adjustment on nearly all configurations.
Next we laser cut 8mm steel into our beautifully designed end plates, these are then CNC press braked to form a dog leg which will clear all factory inner wings on your new 4" beam with no cutting, welding or drilling. Now we fit a turned 12x1.5mm solid threaded boss into the upper shock tower. Our shock towers are oversize in length to allow you to run your stock shocks for mild lowering and our gas charged shocks for the extra low Beetle / Ghia owners.
For the final step in the metal core assembly process, we precision load the components into the robot welding cell, at this point we fit our ramped base 'uprights' which have oversize holes for simple easy installation on all frame heads.
Now the core is built we install our uniquely designed grease cavity / Delrin bushings system. This configuration allows the use of Delrin bushes which have great low wearing properties and will not damage your trailing arms over time, they also do not squeak like Urethane. Finally this also allows you to run factory grease seals keeping your grease in the beam, where it should be.
So that's how the industry standard of narrowed front axle is made and some of the fantastic features it offers. All beams have the option to a powder coated finish, RHD / LHD, torsion leaves, track rods etc etc. Let Limebug cut out the guesswork and have a hassle free install.
We can now offer worldwide shipping on all Limebug beams. Typically holding over one hundred beam cores on the shelf we can supply the industry standard in quality and finish.
- CDS Mech Grade Tubing
- Gusseted Shock Tower to allow for fully weight baring Shocks
- 8mm Lasercut End-plates
- CNC Body Mounts & Shock Mounts
- Dog Leg Shock Tower Support
- Unique Grease Cavity System
- 12x1.5mm Threaded Welded Upper Boss
- Genuine Derlin Bushes
- 4x Grease Nipples Fitted
- Custom Steering Damper Mount Fitted
- RHD or LHD
- Supplied in Raw Finish or Powdercoated
- Designed, Manufactered and Assembled in the UK
T1 RHD / LHD 4" Narrowed Track / Tie Rods:
Professionally Engineering Track Rods from Limebug for all Aircooled VW's stock width or narrowed.
High grade CDS turned seamless tubing is the foundation to building up our through rods, twinned with optional OE quality track rod ends and a hard wearing durable powder coat, this is the only sensible way to narrow your VW Beetle / Ghia.
We also produce these track rods in a stock width, meaning when the track rod end wears out you are not stuck with having to throw away the long rod as factory ends are crimped into place.
These feature, German Quality Track Rod Ends, and UK manufactured Track Rods. All Rods are made to our Width guides, and suited to LHD or RHD Appropriately.
If you have a special requirement or excessively narrowed vehicle we can accommodate this, at additional timescale.
- Track Width upto 4" Narrowed Available. All track rods feature adjustment slots for easy tracking alignment.
- Hardware includes 2x LH and 2x RH threaded pinch nuts for security when fitted.
- All Track rods are supplied with a Steering damper eyelet as standard.
- M10 or M12 Stud Sizes available in all four configurations.
Front System Details:
Limebug front air systems use the best air shocks available in the business, our UK built through rods with roller ends and unique locator accompanied by the highest quality air taps and fixings available.
If Ball Joint we include long travel ball joints to allow for maximum drop and Weld-on Lower Shock Relocators for Link Pin. All systems allow grease seals to be run, also available through our site.
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 insure 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.
Titan Through Rods Explained
Rear System Details:
The Limebug rear air ride kit is the only air system that is fully bolt on with almost no compromises. You do not need to remove the body from the chassis, nor drill or cut anything, nor swap your axles for late ones if you have an early model (Pre-58). This kit will bolt straight on to any completely stock VW Beetle / Ghia.
All you need to know to get started is the following, you will need to be able to remove your engine/ gearbox and will have to remove the heat exchangers from your engine and replace with J-Tubes and then in some cases move your rear brake lines. That's it!
Want to know the travel, the rear kit is restricted only by the spring plates (which we offer as an optional extra on here). These dog leg around the chassis stops giving you even more lows and the second thing is the compressed shock length which for the rear kits we provide as standard at 255mm compressed.
VW Beetle Rear Air Ride Kit - Fitting / Installation Video Guide (Vehicle in video is 1966)
- 2" Dropped Air Plates: These plates will increase the amount of drop you can achieve and resolve toeing in issues at low running heights. They also have recently recieved an update which now means they run a shorter bore tube stopping rubbing on the outer torsion cover and use 2" Inner Diameter bushes making them overall much stiffer and give better feel to the rear end.
- Year Options: As standard we make the late post 1959 air ride kit, if you require a kit for an early vehicle running short axles (straight shock mounts), select this from the dropdown menu.
- Skid Plate: Protect your framehead with our made to fit any year/ model and beam skid plate.
- Management: Pick from 4 valve manual controls, air pressure sensitve digital systems or ride height intelligent systems.
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 insure 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. Insure 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: [email protected]
Product Code: 30010068
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