Well, I found some American Eagle mags for Wally on Craigslist the other day and figured, why not?

Well, as it turns out, the rims have a different offset than the original rims. Offset is how far back over the hub the rim sits. As such, even though they are the same physical size, the new rims and tires rubbed on the fender wells in the back when I carried passengers or hit bumps just right. Grrrr…. Just barely too.

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I did some research and learned how to adjust the ride height of the rear of a Super Beetle by adjusting the IRS (Independent Rear Suspension) torsion bars. First remove the rear wheels, then remove the fenders.

Now you can see the torsion arm, where it attaches to the rear hub and also the housing that keeps it from popping out.

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Now, with everything exposed we can start taking things apart. But be CAREFUL! The torsion arm holds about 600 pounds of pressure. Once it comes off the stop it can slam down. I used a jack to control the tension release.

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Now that it’s down You can see the line where it started and where it ended up. That’s a single notch change. You basically pull the section out of the car, rotate it one notch (think gear) and push it back in.

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This should have given me about 1 inch of lift. Well, it turned out to be a touch more than that. I’m not sure I like it or not. But, at least it’s not rubbing.

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One of my next steps, besides continuing to paint and do body work, is to fix the windows. Especially the passenger window. It’s old and rusted to the point the girls have trouble rolling it up and down. I ended up tearing the door apart just to see how it went together. had it to the point the glass and wing window were laying on the ground. Oiled and greased the control mechanisms like crazy, but no luck. Still real tough to move. Looks like more parts will need to be ordered. Maybe I should make it a power window and door lock while I’m at it? Hmm…..

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