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    Unflipping a axle flip

    is it possible to undo an axle flip?

    I'm going to get my leaf springs decambered which will lower the ride height 2" or so then i can add drop plates if needed.
    Axle flip gives me less suspension travel = shitty handling.
    So i want to revert it if possible.

    to confirm, this is axle flipped right?
    axle out.jpg
    Last edited by Nick-Nack; 12-04-2018 at 04:16 PM.

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    yes that is axle flipped

    BUT surely there is only a certain amount of room between wheels and arches
    Unflipping the axle isn't going to give you more suspension travel as ultimately it's still going to be limited by wheels hitting the arch?

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    i'd assume it shouldn't hit, even with the standard travel size, which i've no idea what that is, if i do all of these mods and do end up hitting the arches, they can be cut out and replaced/extended if it really comes down to it.
    Handling is the main key for me, i don't want a low caddy, i find that dumb and annoying.
    I have a rough idea of what i'm going to do, just need to figure out if it will actually work.. can't learn if you don't fail.

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    Changed my mind on decambering the springs, will just go with drop plates for now and see how it handles.
    Still need an answer, is it possible to undo the axle flip?

    Anyone have info on the dampers, what standard sizes are compared to shortened ones, i need to see if the ones i have are standard or not, this was a bodged caddy afterall..

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    Of course it's possible to undo an axle flip, simply the opposite of the axle flip instructions, chop the saddles off and weld them back on 180 degrees round.

    If I were you I'd leave the axle flipped if the saddles looks well welded on unless you intend to use your Caddy for carting round rubble or soil.

    and buy a pair of Al's adjustable damping Koni shocks so you can get the rear end reacting how you'd like.
    http://www.retrofication.co.uk/Koniredmk1.html




    To go into it technically (to the best of my understanding) the spring rate of the rear end will always be the same, regardless of where the axle is. Unless you intend to have a weight over the rear end you aren't going to use anywhere near the spring travel avaliable with a flipped axle, therefore you might as well leave it flipped, have the weight you do have lower, resulting in marginally better handling

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    Hmm.. i guess i can try it with the flipped axle and see how it does before i start changing things. i'm going to get some gaz dampers, i already have the lowering kit al sells for £245 but want to return it no response so far, so looks like im gonna have to sell it off cheap and just get rid of it.
    Impromptu purchase...

    Thanks for the advice fuus.

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    Try Facebook.
    He’s on there more than he is on here.

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    I'll swap you an unflipped rear axle + some money
    Caddy MK2 1.9, Aired Golf MK4 1.9 TDi

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    jwrb that sounds good to me, where are you located?

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    Why not just do the flip and lift it back up with adjustable shackles?

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    scotclayshooter, i think that's what i'm gonna do, i'm not gonna swap it, i don't trust previous owners welding and it doesn't look like it's on straight after further inspection, thinking of cutting off the plates at the end and welding bigger ones on instead of the drop plates, 1 whole unit.

    Has anyone tried adding washers behind the hubs to add camber/toe in etc think that might be a good idea also to help with grip.

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    Budda, I think, cut a slit almost through the whole of the axle (both sides) tapped the gap closed and welded it back together.

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    thanks dave, shouldn't be too difficult to do, just gotta plan it and cut once..

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    ‘Measure once, cut twice’

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    nooo!

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    If i put new saddles on the axle, can i leave the flipped ones there or do i have to cut them off?
    Will it foul the u-bolts?

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    You can leave them

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    Thanks fuus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick-Nack View Post
    jwrb that sounds good to me, where are you located?
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