Wagenswest 1968-79 Volkswagen bus lowering kit, the “Slam Bay Special”


WARNING! this small batch of “Slam Bay Specials” is expected to ship spring / summer 2024.




Wagenswest, Volkswagen bus lowering kit – theSLAM BAY SPECIAL

1968-79 Volkswagen bus lowering kit. No short cuts here, no junk or getting almost what you wanted.

No core charge any more, this is an out rite price

WARNING approximate long ass Wagenswait, on this small batch of “Slam Bay Specials” These will ship this spring / summer. 

This VW bus lowering kit comes with,

Wagenswest built, 4 Inch narrowed, 2 degree raked, adjustable beam, with NEW, OEM style needle bearings . Also included is a torsion spring narrowing tool, plus Wagenswest built, 2.5 inch dropped spindles. And for the rear Wagenswest built, 3.25 Horseshoe rear drop plates, Or upgrade to the 4.5 rear drop plates if your are going real low and want to run aftermarket aluminum wheels.

This kit will drop your bus from 3.25 inches lower than stock, to 8 or more inches lower than stock.

Cores. — No cores

When in comes to the torsion springs, you Will need to narrow your own. A Wagenswest spring narrowing tool is included, and narrowing your own torsion springs, instructions are here.

1″ inch raised beam option,

The 1” inch raised beam option is included in our beams with a dual bolt pattern, to aid in getting more of a drop and better ground clearance. Here is the deal with 1968-79 bay window buses; because of the ball joint design, the beam hangs down roughly 1” inch more than split window bus beams do.  So when you install a 1” inch raised beam you gain 1” inch of ground clearance and in effect you turn a set of 2.5” inch dropped spindles into 3.5”inch drops.

This option has a cost, —— wait for it —— you will need to notch / cut above the beam 1”inch higher, you will also need to remove the heater tube over the beam, leave it out – or replace with flex hose. You will also have some cables to move. This is a bit of work but has a big payoff.  The 1”inch raised beams have dual side plate bolt patters so you can bolt them in the stock spot if you chicken out.


Should I use 3.25″ Horseshoe drop plates? Or upgrade to 4.5″ drop plates ?

Rule of thumb,  4.5″ drop plates are for 1968-70 buses.

If you have a 1968-70 bus and you plan on running wide five aftermarket 15″ aluminum wheels, will  need the 4.5″ drop plates. If you have a 1971-79 bus  you are probably ok with the 3.25″ Horseshoe drop plates . The 4.5″ drop plates are not special because they are 1.25″ inches lower then the Horseshoe plates. 4.5″ drop plates are special because they narrow the rear wheel base by a 1/2″ inch per side.




Additional information

Weight 120 lbs
Dimensions 18 × 18 × 36 in


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