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Air Cooled VW 1956-1977 KYB Front Shock Absorber Set Ball Joint Beam GR-2 Gas

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Brand Logo KYB Shock Absorbers
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Part #: 305-269
VW Part #: 343143
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Fits Years:
  • Karmann Ghia 1966-1974
  • Split Window Bus 1956-1967
  • Standard Beetle 1966-1977
  • Thing 1973-1974
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1956-1977 KYB Front Shock Absorber Set Ball Joint Beam GR-2 Gas

For street driving, KYB's Excel G Gas Shocks' lower gas pressure enhances your overall ride experience. These are the perfect shocks for your weekend cruiser or daily driver. The most economical way to step up from hydraulic shocks to the quality ride and control of gas.

  • Fits 1956-1967 Split Window Buses
  • Fits 1966-1974 Karmann Ghias
  • Fits 1966-1977 Standard Beetles
  • Fits 1973-1974 Things
  • Sold as a Pair
  • For Ball Joint Beams Only
  • Enhances Ride Comfort
  • Improves Handling
  • Upgraded Suspension Response

TECH NOTE: We hear of two common pitfalls during shock absorber replacement here at Mid America Motorworks. One is where a customer has removed the original shock eyelet from the mounting stud but the new shock seems too small to slide on the same stud. Most likely what has happened is the inner metal sleeve from the original shock has seized to the stud and still remains in the way of the new shock. Often times you can loosen the sleeve by using two hammers. Hold one against the sleeve on one side while rapping it with another hammer on the opposite side. This will help break up the rust and loosen the sleeve.

The second is on the "Front Shock Absorber" for 1966-1977 Type 1's there is a short extension that screws on the shaft of the shock absorber. This is the mounting stud. You would have to remove this to replace the rubber stop and dust cover. Without the mounting stud the shock absorber looks incorrect and will not have room for the mounting bushings. Some customers re-use their original mounting stud, but we recommend replacing it if you want to do a top notch installation.

Also known under these part numbers: (For reference only)

  • 343143
  • 686420277996

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