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super75

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Hi,
I have a ’75 Super Beetle that needs new front suspension bushings. This would include the eccentric bushings and their bolts and the ball joints on the control arms if necessary. I’ll give the tie rods and their ends coming off the rack and pinion unit a good look too. Many of the mail order companies offer urethane bushings on their own or as part of a front end rebuild kit. Have any of you purchased these parts from places like Top Line, Wolfsburg West, J Bugs, or CIP 1? What’s the quality of the parts like? Is a urethane bushing a urethane bushing across the board? I’d like to get German ball joints and tie rod ends if possible. Thanks in advance for your help and opinions.

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bob

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I replaced both my lower control arms on my 1974 Super Beetle with the urethane bushings, they are 2 part bushings that come with a sleeve, after 7 years they have held up fine however I recommend that if you keep your car for any length of time to pick up an extra set of lower control arms, you can try to find new ones with rubber or rebuild them with urethane, the ball joint has a steel band the holds it tight, it is easier to use a torch and heat the band to release the old ball joint, then replace it with a new one, this will save time when the ball joint fails and instead of waiting for parts you can pull your spare and install it yourself after the tow truck brings you home.

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super75

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Hi Bob,

That's the kind of information I'm looking for and I like the idea of having spares!

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Bill
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Hi Bill

You only have to go thru losing a ball joint once, like I did, then are ready for the next time, I was doing 40 MPH in a 3 lane curve when my drivers side ball joint broke, I was lucky no one was beside me, the wheel went to the left, the car went to the left, I could only control the car with the brakes and engine, I was able to park the car up on a median divide, I called my friend who has a tow truck and went home to repair the car and you replace the ball joints as a set just like brake shoes, do both sides.

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