Front Beam Replacement (Need help!)

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Re: Front Beam Replacement (Need help!)

Post by asiab3 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:29 am

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I like this beam because it's from a compatible late bus, and has EVERY component still mounted. Even if you don't need them now, for example, it's good to have things like the brake servo which can be rebuilt for the same cost as a new inferior servo. The ball joint boots look mostly undisturbed, so it's likely the joints are perfect underneath. Plus, it's in Florida! Though I'm not too familiar with the local geography…

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds ... id=2193407

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As far as extra tools go, Bentley will tell you the procedure, but you will need a few specific things outside your standard metric hand tool complement, like a good jack/support mechanism. I can also think of:

- Tie rod separator to remove tie rod and drag link ends.*
- 11mm flare nut wrench to loosen or remove master cylinder hydraulic lines.
- Brake bleeding assistant and catch container

*Use this style of puller, as shown in Bentley, and lift the boot to make sure the puller doesn't do any damage to the rubber. Loosen the nut until they're just past the last threads and the tool will not 'walk' off the side of the tie rod/drag link ends.

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Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
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Re: Front Beam Replacement (Need help!)

Post by ABusCalledSweetPea » Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:22 am

Thank you both for the insight! Very helpful from where I stand. I will let you know the verdict.

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Re: Front Beam Replacement (Need help!)

Post by Amskeptic » Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:49 pm

ABusCalledSweetPea wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:22 am
Thank you both for the insight! Very helpful from where I stand. I will let you know the verdict.
Standing by . . . in Phoenix.
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Re: Front Beam Replacement (Need help!)

Post by tinytim » Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:04 am

Hi,
How are you doing with this job?

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Re: Front Beam Replacement (Need help!)

Post by Jivermo » Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:37 am

Did you ever get your beam? Where are you in South Florida?

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Re: Front Beam Replacement (Need help!)

Post by Amskeptic » Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:26 pm

ABusCalledSweetPea wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:22 am
Thank you both for the insight! Very helpful from where I stand. I will let you know the verdict.
Verdict, verdict, verdict, verdict . . . update us!
2019 Annual Funding Drive!
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BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . .111,145 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,812 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 97,060 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,510 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 76,650 miles

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