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Requires a full tool set and broad mechanical knowledge.
1.5" LIFT: These springs will provide roughly a 1.5" suspension lift for all 1980-91 Vanagon 2WD Westfalia campers. If you have the much lighter hard-top Vanagon (or single/double cab truck), these springs will provide too much lift for your suspension geometry. Don't say we didn't warn you! If you have an engine conversion that has a different weight or weight distribution—something other than the Vanagon water-boxer engine—your Vanagon may not sit level. These springs are NOT designed to compensate for Vanagons with engine conversions. If you need additional leveling, we offer spring pads, sold separately.
These are REAR springs only. Purchase FRONT springs here.
INSTALLATION NOTES: Does not require special tools to install. However, the installation of these springs is very difficult, even with a car hoist and all the correct tools. GoWesty recommends that a professional shop with alignment tools install these springs.
ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR LIFTING SPRINGS: If you have installed lifting springs (as opposed to our zero-lift springs), you will need to have the rear end re-aligned. It is important to note that our lifting springs will raise your Vanagon to its suspension limit—which means these springs are designed to get your vehicle as high as possible while still maintaining proper alignment specs. Please read this article for tips on correctly aligning your vehicle!
ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR 0" LIFT AND LOWERING SPRINGS: The difference in lengths between the spring being removed and the new GoWesty spring being installed IS NOT NECESSARILY the before/after resulting change in ride height once installed.
Once installed, the ride height might is way off from what we advertise it should be. This is normal. A front end alignment must be performed and the suspension must fully settle (gone over several bumps/cycles) to achieve the desired lowering result.
NOTE FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS: When fitting GoWesty lifting springs to a Vanagon with automatic transmission, you should be prepared to replace your axles with our larger, heavy duty axles that are fitted with Porsche 930 Turbo CV joints. This is because there is a chance you will have a problem with the left side drive axle due to the fact it is shorter than the right one (and even shorter than both left and right on manual transaxle Vanagons). This very short AT-only left axle subjects the CV joints to a more severe angle. We have sold many sets of these springs for use on Vanagon with AT without complaint. But if your particular Vanagon happens to sit a bit higher, or the transaxle sits a little further to the left than average, or your shock absorber allows a little more down travel than the original ones—or a combination of all three—you might have an issue. The 930 CVs are capable of a greater angles and will solve the problem.
60 Day Satisfaction Guarantee:
We are confident that you will love these springs. If you do not love the way they feel, you are free to return them anytime within the first 60 days for a 100% refund. Shipping & installation labor excluded.
Limited Lifetime Warranty:
• These springs are guaranteed never to sag, period.
• If even one of these springs sags or becomes defective in any way, we will replace the entire set or refund your money.
• If the returned spring(s) is/are determined to be defective, we will also reimburse you for the initial installation labor. We will also pay for the spring(s) to be returned to the manufacturer for thorough testing to determine what happened and why.
Plug 'n' Play — Requires no or basic hand tools and no mechanical knowledge.
Handy — Requires some hand & power tools and minimal mechanical knowledge.
DIY — Requires a full tool set and broad mechanical knowledge.
Pro — Requires professional-level tools, talent and experience.