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Old 01-08-2020, 06:18 PM   #79 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by freebeard View Post
The Superbeetle has 3 1/2" of clearance and I struggle with traffic control bump strips. How far off-road can you get with those side skirts and air dam?
The air dam has about 3.5-4" of clearance, and the side skirts have 4-5". The actual undercarriage, though, actually has more clearance than stock (which was already pretty high), due to the taller tires (28.3" vs. 30.4"). I intentionally designed the air dam and skirts to be very flexible, and so far I haven't had any issues with the things I've tried to do. That was part of the whole idea behind this project: I wanted something that could do the things that a "heavy duty pickup" could do, while getting near Prius-like mileage.

Most of my "off road" driving has been pulling trailers around different parts of our property--so nothing too extreme. I've never noticed the skirts rubbing on speed bumps, either. That's most likely due to the fact that the springs are so stiff now...

Originally Posted by freebeard View Post
This went together without modifying the parts?
Yes--the fifth gear set bolted in with no machining or drilling necessary. And, it was a pretty easy swap, too, given that the fifth gear parts are under a cover at the rear of the transmission and not in the main case itself.

I think that if word got out about this in the off-roading community, there could be a significant demand for the early-version fifth gear sets...


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