Volkswagen Air Cooled 1949-1969 Repair Guide

Double Jointed Axle Rear Suspension


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Fig. Fig. 1 Common Rear Swing Axle Suspension Components

This rear suspension system was first introduced on the 1968 type 2 and on the Automatic Stickshift type 1. It is currently used on all Volkswagen vehicles. The axle shafts each have two constant velocity joints. The rear wheels are located by trailing arms as on swing axle models, and by diagonal control arms from the rear crossmember. The axle shafts and final drive therefore do not absorb any thrust forces. In this design, there is only a very slight change in rear wheel track and camber during suspension travel. This results in more stable handling, since rear wheel traction remains constant regardless of the suspension position.