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Author:  Rabbit 16v [ Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:31 am ]
Post subject:  Shocks?

Im not sure if this is the correct area to be asking, but I didnt see a suspension section. As some of you may know, I am doing a fair amount of work to my Haffies. One of which I think would benefit from newer shocks. I was thinking Bilstein. Has anyone used B8 performance VW Beetle front Bilstein shocks? I ordered some B6 shocks designed for stock height and they were a bit long. About 60mm I would guess. The B8 shocks (all of this is VW beetle application) and it seems they are designed for lowered beetles which make work perfectly. I wont know until Monday because thats when the shocks arrive.

Any ideas? Has anyone done this?

Author:  garrycol [ Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Shocks?

I had the same issue as you when I got my Haflinger - I put this post up back then viewtopic.php?f=7&t=449

Some options - the VW shocks were close but not quite right and expensive to take a punt.

I ended up getting my shocks from Haflinger Technik for a much better price than I good do locally and they have been fine - working really well.


Author:  heinkeljb [ Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:52 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Shocks?

Original Haflinger shocks have damping in both directions and some modern shock have minimal rebound damping, this can put a sudden "snap" on the limit straps, which is why they fail.

Let us know if the ones you have ordered work correctly.


Author:  Techmogogy [ Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Shocks?

The dual dampening is key. The VW shocks may have it too

Author:  Rabbit 16v [ Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Shocks?

I dont think you can get Bilsteins that arent dual dampening. I did a super scientific test of feeling the resistance between the stock shocks and the VW shocks that I got that were too long and the Bilsteins were a little stiffer if testing the fronts vs the stock Haffie shocks. The VW rear shocks were way too stiff.

So, on Monday, we shall see if the B8 performance shock for lowered VWs is just the ticket.

Author:  garrycol [ Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Shocks?

Why not just get the proper Sachs shockies from Haflinger Technik - as I said I have them and I have put up about 5000km on them over the last couple of years and they have been great - my car runs 14" rims and M&S radials - with 762cc has a bit more performance over standard Hafs and when tuned will pull 90kph on the straight - the Sacks shocks have controlled the suspension well on and off road.

You can obviously try to get others as I initially did but it was a bit of mucking around and you could end up spending money on something that ultimately wont work well.

Good luck with it.


Author:  Rabbit 16v [ Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:06 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Shocks?

Ok, I admit I am pretty jealous of that hp number!!

its really not a bother to check these shocks since everything is very well taken apart. Im not opposed to spending money with Dale. We actually have a running order almost reaching €1k.

I can get the bilsteins within two days. They have a lifetime warranty. Sachs shocks would be at least a week to acquire and they do not offer lifetime warranty. I plan on keeping my Haffie for a very long time. Lifetime warranty is important to me as well as availability of parts.

Author:  Rabbit 16v [ Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Shocks?

Ok, got the Bilstein yesterday. It is an exact fit. The rebound damping is not as resistant as the compression damping, but I think it will work fine unless anyone else has another opinion?

They are quite spendy at $85 each, but also carry a lifetime warranty, so that makes me more comfortable with it.


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