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Old 01-08-2020, 06:18 PM   #79 (permalink)
funkhoss
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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...

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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...

-Funkhoss
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