Stanced Classic Volkswagen – 1960 Karmann Ghia

I dig it! Well done Pete and the folks at Airkewld.

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What’s up AirkewldArmy, it’s your friend Pete with Airkewld with the 3rd video of a new series we are putting together showcasing the stance of Classic Volkswagens and the specifications to achieve something similar.

Because we all have different tastes, this might not be your jam, but rest assured, the PRO’s can help!

Today, we are showcasing a 1960 Karmann Ghia out of Florida that is equipped with Air Ride that allows for adjustments all the way down or all the way up or anywhere in between.

To achieve a similar stance under your pre-69 Ghia, a complete Air Ride Kit with a 4” narrowed beam, drop spindle and disc brake combination is required up front. In the rear, the client chose a Long axle, short spline transaxle, from a 67 Beetle and disc brakes.

Wheels are 17×7 all around with 205-40-17 tires front and rear. Back spacing on these wheels are 5.5”all the way around and are EMPI Repo Fuchs in their Chrome Finish.

The suspension and brake package can be built by the PRO’s in a couple different ways. Individual parts and products as the budget allows, complete Air Ride kits along with a complete disc brake package or the PRO’s can assemble a complete front end, rotor to rotor, complete transaxle, rotor to rotor, ready for you to slap it in.

All these specs can be found in the credits at the end of this film as well as in the description below.

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PRObuilt Air Ride Beam

Rear Air Ride

Air Management Kit

Complete BAD Series Disc Brakes

Transaxle

Additional Photos (for sale here as of publish date)

EFI System: CB’s Gen4 Naturally Aspirated Kit

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Build Advice from Airkewld

…from an email dated 7/17/17.

Thanks for the email Jim, the renderings, and the information. It will allow me to understand your vision and give you the best recommendations I can.

So, if you are building this for show use, anything can be done because expectations are about fit, finish and accomplishing your vision. Love the photoshops, it looks incredible. I need to be the devil’s advocate though. 19’s on a late model ghia, that is going to be tough. You really only have 7″ total width to play with, so finding a wheel that fits exactly, before paint is key to the entire equation. Air Ride and high performance are polar opposites. High performance applications need stability, firmness, less sway and body roll. Air Ride is plush, soft, floats like a butterfly, etc. But if you are building a show car, totally bitchin’! In my opinion, you will need to go one route or the other if you have expectations of one or the other, as having both is not an option.

My opinion, 4″ Narrowed PRObuilt Beam with air ride, front and rear disc brakes in a porsche bolt pattern and a mild 1914cc and below engine. This is one route. The other route, 4″ Narrowed PRObuilt beam with adjustable shocks, big BAD Series Brakes, adjustable shocks in the rear and the big 220 horse engine. Both are cool in their distinctive looks but function completely different.

What do you think?

Airkewld LLC
Pete Skiba – Founder & COO

In retrospect, 220 ponies really would be over-kill for a 95% show Ghia. Realistically, am I going to spend 100’s of hours getting the body perfect to hit the road and beat the snot out of it? I’m guessing that 1914 would produce what, 110 – 120HP? Still a drivable VW. Probably save a couple grand on the engine build as well. I’ll need that, as I’m really stuck on the 19’s and I’m certain I’ll have to get them custom made.

Here’s what they suggested…

Air Ride Beam

Brake onto Ball Joints

Rear Air Ride Kit

Air Management Kit

Disc Brake Kit

EDIT NOTE FROM 2/27/2020

Perhaps consider this. A custom made Avant Garde F230, 17×7 and a 205/50 17 tire. Per Pete Skiba, an 7 inch wheel with a backspace of 5.125 to 5.5 inches will work with their Probuild 4″ narrowed beams. You will need to check with AG to see what offsets they can do on this wheel.

https://avantgardewheels.com/ag-forged/f230/