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hi what is this as i do not have it on my bug and mine is the same year an model as this 1

eney 1 no ??

 

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yer u may be right but its not the same type as what i have on my bug
 

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Are you sure it's not just been removed off your bug. What year and model is yours? I think the type of Z-bar upper mounting changed around 68-69. The one in the picture, correct me if i'm wrong is a later z-bar.

Some people just remove them, especially if you've got a lowered rear end.
 

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Speedy Jim said:
It's part of the "Z-bar" stabiliser.
What he said.

Standard on 1500 and GT Beetles, an option on others in the 70s. A mate had one on his 1973 1300. :)
 

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lawrence said:
yer u may be right but its not the same type as what i have on my bug
There were 2 designs of Z bar, they look different, but do the same job.
 

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frizzer said:
I've got one of those on my '72 1300.
I always thought it was some kind of anti-roll type thing.
You are right, (sort of), there has been much dabate over what a Z bar actually does, but VW said it was meant to " give more neutral handling characteristics ".
 

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frizzer said:
I've got one of those on my '72 1300.
I always thought it was some kind of anti-roll type thing.
No, it's the opposite of an anti-roll bar, because it's Z shaped :)
 

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my bug is a 1300 73 the same as whats in the pic but i gess i dont need 1 as im geting a different set up but cheers for ya hellp :D
 

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al_kaholik said:
in normal use it does absolutely FA...
Unless you lower the rear suspension to make the Z-bar operate all the time, then it starts to get "interesting". :D
 

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Laurence Fletcher said:
Unless you lower the rear suspension to make the Z-bar operate all the time, then it starts to get "interesting". :D
What happens if it's been lowered?
Mine's been dropped one spline at the back and so far I've not noticed anything too bad - or am I not trying hard enough ?! :crazy:
 

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The handling of a beetle can be good(ish!) The 1300 recon in a bug lowered with Zbar and ARB at the front was so much more fun that a stock height 1200 with no ARB on the front and no Zbar...

Made me scared to think of the 1200 going around corners at 3/4 the speed I did in the 1300
 
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