[T3] Front axle beam question

Keith Park topnotch at nycap.rr.com
Wed Oct 1 17:15:02 PDT 2014

I must not be understanding this, there is a spec for how far the bearings
go in if I recall right, then you just pop the seal in as far as it goes and
walla, your done.

Isnt there a "mark" where the old bearings were sitting in the torsion tube?
what Id reccomend is putting the bearing in just far enough so that the seal
seats properly, so long as the arms arent worn to the point that the bearing
has damaged them then I dont think the bearing location is quite that

Just my 2 cents.


Topnotch Restorations
topnotch at nycap.rr.om
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-----Original Message-----
From: type3-vwtype3.org [mailto:type3-vwtype3.org-bounces at lists.vwtype3.org]
On Behalf Of Jim Adney
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2014 3:09 PM
To: type3 at vwtype3.org
Subject: Re: [T3] Front axle beam question

On 30 Sep 2014 at 19:58, Keith Park wrote:

> OK, I couldnt find my NOS ones, I was sure I had them but maybe they got
> used on the crate or I was thinking of the NOS upper early one (before
> went to O rings), I have a good used one, the collar that inserts into the
> beam is steel backed so it wont crush out like the seal portion, its 3/16"
> deep. Sorry about having to wait this long and then still cant find the
> but I looked in the place I thought I had them and not.

Okay, 3/16" is .1875" while 5 mm is ~.200". Bentley shows a minimum 
clearance dimension there of 4.5 mm, which would be ~.180, which is 
less than your 3/16", and would interfere.

Any chance you can make a better measurement, like to a tenth of a 
mm, or so?

My old seals measure just a bit over 5 mm, so a 5 mm setback would be 
too little, but the steel skeleton in my seals has rusted and 
expanded, making these measurements iffy.

Maybe it's time to ask Dennis to pull his spare axle beam out and 
measure the setback on both sides, just to get a better average.

Dennis, could you go ahead and make those measurements sometime, when 
it's convenient?

This is bumming me out. It shouldn't be so hard, and Bentley (and VW) 
shouldn't have gotten this wrong. My guess is that this setback 
should be 6 mm +/- 0.5 mm.

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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