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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:17 pm 
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Hi Guys, I've just joined your forum in the hope of getting some information regarding a potential baja build I am going to do. After a being involved in a partial resto of my t2 bay window I found I enjoyed the process and decided to keep my eye out for a cheap beetle as my first project. I have now got a bug sat in my garage which I have started working on. I've been trying to work out what style I want to aim for with the resto and I think I'm going to build a baja. So here is my first question (there will be lots more to come in sure). The beetle is a 1303 so has a different suspension set up to the traditional bugs. How does this affect the build? Is it still possible to use one as a good base for a baje build? Also Will a baja kit still fit the body?

I've been going to shows since I was a lad with my dad and always liked the baja style. I've also seen them first hand on the off road coarse at Santa pod and it looks a lot of fun.

Thanks in advance, Gary


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:16 am 
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Welcome Gary. :)

A 1303 isn't the route I would go, but it can be done. We had a very active member on here with a 1303 Baja, until he killed it by jumping too high. :lol:

You are already IRS on the back which is a bonus. You can get Baja kits for a 1303 front end, but they are harder to find. You can add spacers on top of the struts to raise the front.

Personally I'd chop off the front of the body and fit a fibreglass flip front. Then fabricate a custom long travel A-arm setup to fit the 1303 chassis.

It depends how far you want to take it. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:21 pm 
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Though usually it's the landing that kills 'em not the jumping :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:36 am 
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fuglededumm wrote:
Though usually it's the landing that kills 'em not the jumping :lol:


Too true!

At first we weren't sure why the door were jamming on the heater channels, and then it dawned on us! :shock:

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:15 pm 
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Excellent advice, long travel a arm 1303 only way to go!


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