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Old 01-26-2009, 08:00 PM
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V8 Convertible Beetle Leaf Springs???

Hello everyone, as some of you know I'm building a 350 powered Convertible 69 beetle on an S-10 chassis. The leaf springs on the s10 are WAY too long to use with the beetle so I'll need to get some shorter springs. "V8 Super Beetle" picked up some Isuzu Amigo leaf springs from a junkyard for his V8 Super beetle on an S-10 chassis and they look like they will work well.

I'm wanting to put new springs on it while I have it all torn down so I figured I'd try looking at JC Whitney just to get an idea on a cost for new amigo springs. They listed trailer springs as replacements for the amigo??? I don't know if trailer springs would really fit the amigo or not but it got me thinking....

So I started to look at a couple of the trailer parts suppliers I use for building our hovercraft trailers and maybe I found a cheap source of new springs for the project???

Do you guys think that double eye trailer springs would work for me??? I mean I don't want to end up with something that rides/handles like crap, but if they would work good for me I could get new springs cheap

Prices range from $25-$40 per spring and eye to eye lengths range from around 20" to 30" but more in the 25"-28" range. You can get various numbers of leafs and weight ratings from 1000lbs and up. They take 9/16" bolts just like the s-10 too.....

So what do you guys think will they work, maybe reccomendations on what I should be looking for.

Or is this idea just not going to work???? If so any other ideas out there....


Thanks for your time....

Talk to you all later

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Hello everyone, as some of you know I'm building a 350 powered Convertible 69 beetle on an S-10 chassis. The leaf springs on the s10 are WAY too long to use with the beetle so I'll need to get some shorter springs. "V8 Super Beetle" picked up some Isuzu Amigo leaf springs from a junkyard for his V8 Super beetle on an S-10 chassis and they look like they will work well.

I'm wanting to put new springs on it while I have it all torn down so I figured I'd try looking at JC Whitney just to get an idea on a cost for new amigo springs. They listed trailer springs as replacements for the amigo??? I don't know if trailer springs would really fit the amigo or not but it got me thinking....

So I started to look at a couple of the trailer parts suppliers I use for building our hovercraft trailers and maybe I found a cheap source of new springs for the project???

Do you guys think that double eye trailer springs would work for me??? I mean I don't want to end up with something that rides/handles like crap, but if they would work good for me I could get new springs cheap

Prices range from $25-$40 per spring and eye to eye lengths range from around 20" to 30" but more in the 25"-28" range. You can get various numbers of leafs and weight ratings from 1000lbs and up. They take 9/16" bolts just like the s-10 too.....

So what do you guys think will they work, maybe reccomendations on what I should be looking for.

Or is this idea just not going to work???? If so any other ideas out there....


Thanks for your time....

Talk to you all later

bye


I have done it and used 4 leaf trailer springs rewelded mounts to fit. I drive mine every were Ironclad

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