Suspension lift

Asked by Aug 07, 2016 at 12:55 PM about the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.9L TDI

Question type: Car Customization

So I am wanting to do a 6" suspension lift on my
beetle for some moderate offroading. I have no
idea how to do so. I have tons of tools because I
work on cars, motorcycles, and plenty of other
crap. But I don't know how to do a suspension lift. I
looked around for kits but none are 6". Could I just
take it to an auto shop and would they figure it
out? That would probably cost a lot though. I'd like
to do it myself. Could someone point me in the
right direction?

6 Answers

14,145

Wrong car, get a Subaru Outback, or equivalent.... You are looking for trouble.... don't do it. It will ruin the VW Beetle....

How would it ruin the car? Other people have done it without any problems. The highest I've seen is 4" though. I've never seen 6". Could you explain some?

14,145

Well, for starters, I don't think that the structural underpinnings of the VW Beetle is as strong as a car like the Outback, or another AWD or 4 WD vehicle... The Outback has a rear double wishbone suspension., that's one example for you..

14,145

Plus, you're talking about a "kit"... Think of what you are saying, the Subaru Outback was built with an 8.7 inch ground clearance from the factory... Also, a Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, Tundra, Jeep Wrangler, and many other vehicles are built for rougher environments.

Sorry I should have put LIGHT off road. You know like dirt trails. Maybe some very mild rocky paths. A beetle could handle that, right? I'm not looking for some 4x4 mudder. I'm just thinking raising it probably 4" and getting wheels a little bigger then factory specifications. Also, a skid plate. It could handle that fine, right?

14,145

Kookoocachoo - OK, thanks for the clarification... I took my 2009 Toyota Prius stock to Bodie, California, pretty rough road for about 7 miles or more.. Skid plates,. I actually thought about this for a short time with my Outback, but,. decided to skip it, the point is how often will you need it and your probably not go that fast or that often... And, YES, the Subaru Outback with AWD is very capable surprising a lot of people who get stuck in many vehicles that "pose" as rougher contestants... We took our Subaru Outback down a very washed out and unmaintained road to see the Chicago Stump in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park,. Quite a trooper... Back to your VW, how much do you really want to spend on a 2005 vehicle...? I ask because you can go too far and you'll never see a return on your investment.... You know, the 2010 Subaru Outback was named Motor Trend's SUV car of the year in 2010. The thing that impressed them so much is how the Outback was so well behaved both on and off the road (in the rough). I'm afraid that your VW Beetle is going to be either so hard on YOU and your car, you might need a chiropractor after your trip...A car like the Subaru won't do that...Look it up yourself online., Sure , you can do stuff to the VW Beetle, but, I would skip it and find a much better ride for what you want to do..

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • classic vw wheelbase extention 2 answers

    Hay does anyone have any good ideas about how to extend the wheelbase of my 1969 vw beetle? i have been looking around but no good info so hoping someone has tryed or done it could give some advice ...

    1969 Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    Car Customization

  • thanks, but we need to remove the battery, how do we lift the rear seat up? 1 answer

    1973 Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    General

  • how do i get to my battery in my 1973 baja beetle 3 answers

    we need to remove the battery from our 1973 baja beetle, how do we get it out

    1973 Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    General

  • Brake pedal adjustment 1 answer

    I recently purchased a 1977 Beetle convertible. Great car, great shape. Only 71K miles. My biggest issue is the height of the brake pedal( relative to the gas and clutch) and how far I it travels befo...

    1977 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Can you put a Rialta QD on a lift 7 answers

    We were told by the previous owner never to put the RV on a lift. Is there any reasons for this.

    2002 Volkswagen EuroVan

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Beetle

Looking for a Used Beetle in your area?

CarGurus has 8,718 nationwide Beetle listings starting at $1,500.

ZIP:

Search Volkswagen Beetle Questions

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,480
#2 Chris Billings
Chris Billings
Reputation 1,380
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,120
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Jetta
737 Great Deals out of 29,903 listings starting at $1,100
Used MINI Cooper
407 Great Deals out of 11,259 listings starting at $1,995
Used Jeep Wrangler
516 Great Deals out of 17,538 listings starting at $2,990
Used Honda Civic
1,178 Great Deals out of 66,805 listings starting at $695
Used Ford Mustang
718 Great Deals out of 38,848 listings starting at $1,999
Used Honda Accord
1,254 Great Deals out of 78,205 listings starting at $969
Used Volkswagen Golf
35 Great Deals out of 2,994 listings starting at $2,223
Used Volkswagen Passat
247 Great Deals out of 21,293 listings starting at $1,700
Used Toyota Corolla
1,398 Great Deals out of 69,170 listings starting at $988
Used BMW 3 Series
1,788 Great Deals out of 40,973 listings starting at $1,250
Used Toyota Camry
1,521 Great Deals out of 101,099 listings starting at $700
Used Volkswagen GTI
151 Great Deals out of 6,283 listings starting at $2,299
Used Nissan Altima
1,332 Great Deals out of 84,997 listings starting at $1,795

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
1,401 listings starting at $15,399
2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 1,071 listings starting at $12,496
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
34 Great Deals out of 838 listings starting at $9,417
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 557 listings starting at $8,990
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
66 Great Deals out of 1,197 listings starting at $6,995