Window Regulator

’67 Beetle — Window Regulator
Kudos to our friends at Wolfsburg West for producing the correct front door window regulator for the ’67 Beetle. I sure could have used these when I was rebuilding my own doors. Wolfsburg West invests a lot into our great hobby. Who knows, one day they might be the very reason these old cars are still on the road.

“With the spring season nearly upon us, now is the perfect time to fix that nagging window problem in your Beetle sedan. Imagine, no more need to open your door while getting coffee from the local drive-thru! Our new front door window regulators are made to OEM specifications, and will enable your window to glide effortlessly with each opening and closing. Fits 1965-1967 Beetle sedan, and 1974 and earlier Beetle sedan models equipped with an aftermarket one-piece window conversion. Made by Wolfsburg West.”

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Part # 111837502F, right

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Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started 1967beetle.com. I also own Lane Russell, a leading supplier of VW parts for your classic Volkswagen restoration. I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

  1. I wish these would have been available two weeks ago. I just completed my driver’s side window seals last night – 4 hours. Passenger side took 6.

    Hardest part of the job by far was getting the regulator back into the right spot, snug between the vent window guide and the inner door skin. That was … difficult.

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    1. I was thanking Ron yesterday for making these. Mine too were super hard to get back in place.

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  2. I have a 1967 beetle and all the wiring seems to be there… the car was standing for bout 20 years… it has a bodymount regulator got the generator but there is no pins indicated and everything is disconnected… could someone maybe help me with a wiring diagram for my car??

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  3. I replaced the regulator in mine a year ago, and paid twice as much. That’s a great deal.

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    1. Agreed. Before these were made, used German was the only way to go.

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  4. We’re testing these now to see how they’re going to work out. Getting these window regulators has been a serious issue for the last few years. Especially since they’re what you have to use if you want to convert the doors to one-piece windows. The Brazilian version of these regulators are horrible and for the longest time have been the only available replacement. Half the time we’d install them and they’d work worse than an old worn out regulator.

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    1. That’s funny! I’m glad WW decided to produce them.

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  5. i have a 67 bug and my passenger window came off the track. It wont roll up or down what do i need to do to fix it? thanx

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    1. Adam,
      Thanks for the comment. The ’67 door is very simple. You need to remove the door panel, plastic protection and simply place it back in the track. That is, if the issue is truly that. The track itself could be rusted out, etc. It’s hard to say until you really get inside and take a look. However, as I mention it’s very simple by design. As soon as you get inside, everything is in front of you and the fix will be easy. Here are some photos of when I was working on my own doors.

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  6. thanks eric. your bug is sweet and looks like mine

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    1. Adam,
      Thanks! We should feature your car!

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  7. Just bought that regulator from Wolfsburg West, $39…what a deal. But how the heck do you get the old one past that vent window post?? Got all the screws out and just can’t get it out. If you try and pry that support post back won’t it bend it permanenly? Anyone know the secret? Thanks!

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    1. Russ,
      Great. They are fantastic quality, and I was really happy to see a vendor finally produce them. From my knowledge, you need to remove the window post from the top. The door has to be stripped to put it in properly. I wrote an article about the process a bit ago. Give this a look, and watch the videos too.

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  8. Hi I was looking for a pair after my originals gave up the ghost a couple of months ago. I’ve been offered WW, some Made In China, and some distributed by the JP Group A/S.

    Question is, are they all actually the same manufacturer and just branded by distributor? I’ve heard the MIC ones are the most difficult to get in place, and don’t line up and work properly.

    I’ve seen a type that looks very silver in colour (most likely MIC), and another in dark grey. Or am I wrong?

    Any advice will be much appreciated!

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    1. Ken,
      I’d stick with Wolfsburg West. They are made by them and fit as the original units do.

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    2. Hey Ken:

      My experience with WW is that their parts have always been of high quality. I did get that regulator in, but I had to use a pry bar and very long screwdriver kind of simultaneously. Anyway, I used white lithium grease all around that screw-like thing hoping the window would just glide up and down easily once installed. What I didn’t consider was that the felt in the window channels was so old and decrepid that the new regulator just didn’t work all that well, but that wasn’t the fault of the regulator. So, after changing essentially everything associated with that window going up and down, the regulator worked very well. The original regulator probably would have lasted to 2014 had those other funky old worn-out parts been replaced and the regulator properly lubed.

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      1. Hey agreed!

        My regulators were working fine till I repainted my doors and changed the window channels. Used what was available on hand and I think the felt channels were too tight and caused excessive friction on the glass. Found the winding up really difficult and the regulator gave after 2 days.

        Now I just keep my windows up (good thing I have A/C!) while I await my shipment of the new WW regulators!

        Thanks very much for the helpful replies! :)

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        1. My windows were tough too, at first. This is just a normal process of breaking the new parts in.

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          1. Just got the WW regulator into my Driver side (US passenger side). The mechanic was very generous with the greasing. Once installed, it confirmed that my cheap window channels were the cause of the problem in the first place. They were just too narrow and caused too much friction on the glass, resulting in me breaking my old regulator at the winder.

            After installation, the mech sprayed silicone grease in the felt channels and now they are still a little tight but easy enough to function.

            I must add that the regulator was a very good fit and was replaced quite easily. More time was spent reinstalling the quarter window than the regulator.

            Thanks for pointing me toward investing in the WW versions guys!

  9. Ken…Thank you for following up with your appraisal of the Wolfsburgwest.com Window Regulators. This is the kind of feedback that helps us all!
    Your car is gorgeous! Get ready because I am going to hit you up to do a Featured Article for 1967Beetle.com! For the benefit of the Readers of 1967Beetle.com, Ken lives in Singapore and owns a classy ’67 Beetle. But, that’s all that I will tell–in order to save the best for later. jay

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  10. Terry D Lohnes July 30, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    It looks like nobody has posted to this thread for awhile, but I’m having problems with a cheap aftermarket regulator on the passenger side of my ’67 beetle. The window won’t go all the way up, I want to replace the regulator, but I was unable to get the old one out. Any advice? It seemed like it was catching on something but I couldn’t see what.

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    1. Where did you buy the regulator? Wolfsburg West makes a really nice reproduction regulator. I’d invest in that.

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      1. Hey I’ve gotten the ones from WW. Fits nice and all, but I find that it drops the window a little from time to time. Gotten into the habit of winding up the window every time I get into the car.

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    2. Hi, Terry…I’m assuming that you already have removed the glass? If so, then there should be 5 bolts to remove in order to fully release the regulator from fastener points. Make sure that you have removed all of the bolts. jay

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  11. I’ve give Tony a call over at WW to talk about it. He’s a good guy.

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    1. Great! I’ve ordered new regulators and they should be in by the weekend. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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