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Reply to "The 40 Year-Old Virgin (well actually 49)"

Hi @ALB,

My speedster has the swing-arm configuration. I suppose that makes it an earlier floorpan, correct? Anything I should consider/keep in mind with this type of rear suspension?

I am in Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast), about 100km (60 miles) north of Brisbane. I lived/worked in Ipswich for over 14 years so I know the place really well. I was still in University during Expo 88 but remember it well....errr, or maybe not so well, that was 6 month party!! Jimmy Barnes….an Aussie rock icon (born in Scotland but we’ll claim him 😉), I’ve seen him a couple of times, awesome you had the opportunity to see him whilst here. How were your ears afterwards??

Upgrades….front discs are top of my list. Luckily I already have wide-5 bolt pattern (the mention of swing-axle above may have already given that away) so that makes that easy. I have been recommended the CSP kit for quality and fit but note they seem quite a bit more expensive then other brands. Do you/anyone have experience with these kits?

I took a look at the Vintage 190 rims you mentioned….very nice, and a set of ‘powder-coated silver’ has been added to my wish-list.

Previously I’ve mentioned my friend who’s an ex-VW mechanic, he is chomping at the bit to get into a new engine build (with me) for the speedster. He has put one of his Type 4 engines aside for me (he has a rather large part-shed, pics below) and when it warms up a little we’ll get into it. I will be posting many more questions seeking advice when we start planning that out.

Hahahaha, I see the rabbit-hole of upgrades I could be getting into here….and no end of encouragement on the forum enticing me in……love it!!

Thanks for the welcome and all your advice. All gladly accepted.

Kind regards, Tony


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