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    Short Axles

    Out of interest.... does anyone know how much shorter the 60s beetle axles are? and what's involved in fitting them to 70s transmission/brakes?
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    Re: Short Axles

    From memory, I believe the Type 3 has shorter axles. Someone recommended I fit them to my 'reek so I could fit on a larger wheel/tyre combo. I'm already running a 9" rim with 10" rubber, I really don't need 11" rims and 12" rubber. I had trouble enough finding tyres in 265 for 14" rims. lol

    As for fitting them, I believe it's a fairly straight swap.

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    Pre '69 Swing axles are 2 1/2" shorter than post'69 the difference is from spring plate to hub and they are interchangable, I have late axles on my '66 chassis with a 1302 gearbox converted to swing.
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    Peter,

    What are the calipers you are using on the rear? Also is that a standard adapter plate that came with them or something you fabricated?

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    Re: Short Axles

    So in theory i could just buy pre-67 axles and install my '71 rear brakes straight onto them?
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