1967 Splitscreen Ride Height - Help Please!

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Re: 1967 Splitscreen Ride Height - Help Please!

Post by MrCheezy » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:06 pm

Thanks for the Info, 62 seems about right - Robbie, did you have to raise your steering box?

Anyone fitted new leaves - do they make much difference?


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Re: 1967 Splitscreen Ride Height - Help Please!

Post by Robbievanguy » Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:19 am

No didn't need to raise it ,fitted a guard on it been ok so far ,maybe in the future ,had to fit 10 MM spacers on rear cause of wheel rubbing on Spring plate adjuster,and longer bolts ,running stock 15s.


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Re: 1967 Splitscreen Ride Height - Help Please!

Post by MrCheezy » Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:29 pm

Thanks.

How about fitting a set of coilovers? I've read they could raise it by about an inch and be adjustable in both height and damping? Can they be fitted to a standard beam without adjustment to the top bracket? Longer tern I think I'd look to fit adjusters but don't want to dismantle the beam just yet.

|If coilovers could do the trick can anyone recommend a brand?

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Re: 1967 Splitscreen Ride Height - Help Please!

Post by 8 8US » Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:58 am

Gaz Coilovers are the way to go, some detail on this thread:-

https://www.ssvc.org.uk/phpbb/viewtopic ... r&start=15
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Re: 1967 Splitscreen Ride Height - Help Please!

Post by vwbuzzers » Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:49 pm

I've been running avo coilovers on mine for over 10 years great for winding the bus up when fully loaded. I don't have the front ones anymore due to narrowed beam plus the torsion bars are obviously shorter/ stiffer so don't need them.
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Re: 1967 Splitscreen Ride Height - Help Please!

Post by MrCheezy » Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:35 pm

Thanks, we’re they specific to a Splitscreen or universal?

From what I’ve read the clearance on the front isn’t great and some brands of coilover need the top bracket adjusted?


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Re: 1967 Splitscreen Ride Height - Help Please!

Post by Evil Sid » Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:18 pm

vwbuzzers wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:49 pm
I've been running avo coilovers on mine for over 10 years great for winding the bus up when fully loaded. I don't have the front ones anymore due to narrowed beam plus the torsion bars are obviously shorter/ stiffer so don't need them.
Do you know the Avo part code for the rears? I didn't realise you could get coilovers to fit on the rears and I'm quite interested in doing that
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Re: 1967 Splitscreen Ride Height - Help Please!

Post by vwbuzzers » Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:11 am

Bear with me guys on part numbers etc had them on for so long will have a hunt around. As per front I used spacers and the rear shock mounts were fine.

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Re: 1967 Splitscreen Ride Height - Help Please!

Post by MrCheezy » Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:35 pm

Ok, just made a few more measurements. I reckon I have zero (or just slightly positive) camber at the rear wheels. Therefore with a straight axle I don't think I can raise the the rear (and hence the front) by even an inch without getting more positive camber - am I correct?

It drives fine as it is and it looks like a fairly standard straight axel conversion with dropped spindles on the front with no adjusters.

Therefore to solve my steering box grounding issue I think I have 2 options:

Keep the ride height (I'm happy with it apart from the steering box issues) but raise the steering box, or

Raise the van but covert to IRS at the back.

Thoughts on theses 2 options?

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Re: 1967 Splitscreen Ride Height - Help Please!

Post by Dougie » Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:55 pm

Option 3, fit a steering box guard and live with the occasional thump.....
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Re: 1967 Splitscreen Ride Height - Help Please!

Post by Evil Sid » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:06 pm

vwbuzzers wrote:Bear with me guys on part numbers etc had them on for so long will have a hunt around. As per front I used spacers and the rear shock mounts were fine.

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Having done minimal research the answer is on your photo (the right hand set)!! They are PA140/095, the PA means they take 1.95” internal diameter coil over springs with a steel body and 140 = 14” extended and 095 is 9.5” compressed length. Those two values are right if I compare it to the shocks on my lowered split. The only question is spring rate but my guess would be you’d use a very low lb rated spring as effectively a mild helper and to minimise the extra load on the shock mount.

How tight is the clearance between the shock and the body and mounts?


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Re: 1967 Splitscreen Ride Height - Help Please!

Post by MrCheezy » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:14 am

Just an update, went for the gaz coilers on the front. Had to fit the Red9Design top bracket to get the clearance but overall really pleased with the results.

For the front I used:
Shocks: 2 x Gaz 16" Open, 10.5" Closed Length Coilover Shock (160/105/B12)
Springs: 2 x 1.9", 140 Rate, 10" Free Length (RD1.9/140/10)

Is it worth going for coilers on the back as well? Ive adjusted the SA height so it sits fine at the back unloaded but as soon as I load up with people and stuff it sags a bit. I guess after 50 years or so the leaves get tired and need a little help? Any issues putting more stress onto the damper chassis mounts?

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