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South Hants (SHPVS) Car Show and Autojumble.

Mon Apr 07 2014, 15:26 by Grizzly

SHVPS Annual Classic Vehicle Show and Autojumble

Date: Sunday 1st June 2014 10.00am – 4.00pm

Queen Elizabeth Country Park,

Gravel Hill, Horndean, Waterlooville. PO8 0QE

3 miles South Of Petersfield on the A3

South Hants Vehicle Preservation Society’s Annual Classic Vehicle Show and popular Autojumble.

Easy access and free public car parking on site.

This is a family day out with …

Beachbuggin 6th August let me know if your planning on going.

Sat Jul 22 2017, 21:29 by Grizzly

Who's up for beachbuggin they have booked out club pitch just need to know numbers please . . . it is a great one day show on southsea common next to the beach . . . lots to see and do let me know if your going as I have to book you in and you have access at reduced rate £5 I believe it is

Camper and Bus show and August events - what are you hoping to do?

Sun Jul 16 2017, 13:06 by carl & helen

Club days out August
Are any of these of any interest? Or are you planning something different that we can group together on?
Don’t think any of us are doing BugJam so our first possible weekend is

Camper & Bus, Camping at the Castle – 28th, 29th 30th July. We love this in the Malvern’s  so we are going back. Any takers?
We …

Hessich Oldendorf and Euro Bug In 2017 - European trip details

Sun Oct 09 2016, 12:34 by carl & helen

HO17, Germany -
Quite a few of you have already talked about coming to Germany for Hessich Oldendorf or for Belgium Euro Bug In next year in late June and early July.
Together these give us an incredible, every four year European trip to Hessich, Germany, on to the factories in Wolfsberg and Hannover and the back via EBI - Euro Bug In the following weekend for those …

Stonor Park 2017

Tue Mar 28 2017, 15:04 by Grizzly

Hi Folks I will be needing some assistance at Stonor Park on the 4th June. As well as the camping I am also organising club displays in return you will have free entry & camping.
I will need assistance on white pond gate for club display pass hand outs and lining up aircooled avenue & watercooled way.

And anyone that wants to help me out with camping.

Lastly as Aircooled Konnection are running …

Next club meet 26th May @ Chalkhill Blue from 19:00 hrs

Mon May 22 2017, 21:43 by Grizzly

Next club meet 26th May @ Chalkhill Blue from 19:00 hrs

Replacing Shock Absorbers

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Replacing Shock Absorbers

Post by Grizzly on Sat Feb 19 2011, 10:40

When buying new shocks for your VW to determine the size if you are non stock, you should remove the old one put the wheel back on the car and let it back on the floor, then measure the distance between your two shock mounts. This will determine the size you require do it for both the front and back wheel separately. I have used KYB GR2 successfully on splitscreen vans and used the Bugpack oil shocks on beetles but there are many options out there so do your research.

Removal and replacement of the shock absorbers is not a difficult task most aircooled VW's are the same with the exception of the later 1303 beetles which have McPherson struts like on the modern cars where you will require spring compressors to compress the springs before removing the strut. Below are a few words & pictures of it being carried out on a split screen van with straight axle adapters but it in essence its the same process on VW's.

Loosen your wheel bolts, jack it up and get it on axle stands, take your wheel off and you will be presented with two bolts top and bottom in this case they were 17mm or 19mm.

Undo the bottom bolt.

Undo the top bolt.

The shock will now be free, slide it out, they may need a bit of persuasion with a rubber hammer.

Fitting is simply the reverse, but make sure you pump the shock about 10 times before putting it on this is often forgotten. Once you have bolted them in, ensure you torque them up correctly replacing any faulty or warn bolts, washers etc.

This is why they were replaced as you can see the old ones once compressed they never expand again which will affect your ride quality. You should have some resistance when the shock pushes back up.
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Re: Replacing Shock Absorbers

Post by Liam on Sat Feb 19 2011, 12:52

A good gude chief but i think its only gas charged shocks that return on their own but your right that there should be resistance on the way back up

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