Vintage VW Torsion Bar Reindexing

Ever go on a Sunday drive and spot another early Volkswagen cruising along side your vintage pride and joy? You’re so excited to exchange that brotherhood like nod with the driver when you suddenly notice the rear of their vehicle has a horrible sag.

Not to worry! This is a very common issue. It happens to the best of us. Luckily, it can be fixed by adjusting the rear torsion bars. Here’s a fantastic article that covers that topic in great detail. Everything down to your favorite college subject; torsion bar position math!

Note: Re-indexing a torsion bar is more difficult and dangerous than the average DIY mechanic may be aware of. The spring plate is under tension and has enough force to break bones, amputate body parts of kill you if you put your head under the plate.  This job should not be attempted by those not thoroughly familiar with all the safety precautions involved with this task.”

Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started Air-Cooled Artifacts (previously, and Lane Russell). I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

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