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  • sidehill
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    I have a 73 class 11 look-alike lifted probably 3″ with notched spring plate and a lift spindle.  What’s my best source for finding the proper length shocks with light valving suitable for a VW.  I have all of the dimensions but don’t want a shock that’s too stiff.

    Dario
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    😎

    sidehill
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    OP here.  I should have mentioned that my shock mounts are stock.  Old shocks collapsed are 13″, but might need to collapse 1/2 ” more, extended 18.75.

    The are an OK fit but need to be recharged and/or rebuilt (FOA’s), but they have no cushioning at top or bottom, more of a ball and socket type of solid mount.

    sidehill
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    OP again.  Barney’s says that Bilsteins might be my best bet as they sell shocks designed for VW’s.  Alternatively I might see if the lower shock mount can be refabricated so I can use a Rancho 9000.

    Rustabus
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    Never heard anything but good regarding the Bilstein shocks!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    John Jones
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    the IRS rear shocks are long… and the bay fronts I think??  Bilsteins seem to be the best from what I keep hearing… 😎   Mine are all stock length I think…..

    John Jones
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    lets see a pic of the bug…

    sidehill
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    Here’s the bug.  I bought it in December and have been working to get it back to the original Class 11 look-alike build which was messed up by the next owner.  This first photo is the builder’s work; Sxuxrxf on Samba.  Second photo is after the next owner messed it up.  Third photo is recent after I lifted it back up.  It has type 4 CVs so driveshaft angle is not an issue.  I’ll get it to your shop eventually cause stuff needs done that’s over my head.Robbs build

    As bought from Alan

    Bug after Chad lifted it

    Pat K
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    I like it!

    Im still running stock shocks on my Baja as well.

    We will build it if it comes.

    John Jones
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    I like the class 11 LOOK!!!!!! 😎

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