volks64
I have a 64 beetle , I installed a new 2" narrowed front beam with 2.5 drop spindles,
new tie rod ends. The only thing  that are old is the steering gear box and king pins.
The king pins are very tight ( off the ground , no play in them ). new sway bar.
Well my question is : when i go to drive it it feels like the front end is floating, it
feels like it goes side to side. it is lowered and i added caster shims .
what would be the nexted thing to look at.

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68autobug
Hi
I don't have a lot of info regarding narrowed front ends but was talking to a local guy with a 1964 Beetle with a new narrowed front end and dropped spindles and He says its a BIG improvement from just being lowered. I would take the shims out as You have corrected the front steering geometry with the dropped spindles.  Do You run a front steering damper?  If not I would fit one..
they do help with cushioning the steering.

Lee in Australia
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volks64
Lee
Thank you for the information. I am going to try that. I did go threw the
steering gear box and it is getting better. I am running a steering shock
and i have the aftermarket sway bar that is a lot thicker than eom.
it just seems i have a lot of over correcting steering.

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68autobug
Hi
that means You
have over steer, which is normal for an early beetle..
check out anything for movement...
see if You can move or shake the front wheels in and out etc..
I'm not sure how You measure the wear in the king pins..
the rear end changing camber from positive to negative etc could be causing it too
as new 64 beetles did understeer a lot..  My father had one...
Beetles with narrowed front end over here always have the rear lowered very low
so its negative camber ALL the time

cheers

LEE in Australia

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ainokea

Was the toe adjusted? it' a small thing but if not properly set it could allow the front to wander like you describe.

Ainokea

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68autobug
Yes, the toe in [wheel alignment] is very important..
also the castor ... all needs to be exact..
it may have changed when You changed over to the new parts.
it only needs to be out a very small amount...
and instead of both front tires steering the car...
either one is doing it or they are both trying to do it...
[as one isn't correctly aligned]
rear engined cars and mainly beetles are very sensitive to this..

cheers

Lee in Australia


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