Radflo Shocks / Schwenk Springs Bundle
Get this killer shock and spring combo pack for less with a bundle deal! Each product is built with a lot of care and consideration to meet the needs of a 2WD Vanagon specifically. We do sell each product on its own, as they stand well on their own. But for the guy looking for the sweetest ride, get this combo pack. We have been told by our first test-customer that their van “went from a pogo stick to a race car” with this particular set-up.
Like all Burley Motorsports products, our Radflo shock absorbers are deliberately overbuilt. They are manufactured using SSID steel tubing to ensure strength, longevity and superior wear resistance. In addition, the tube is enhanced with a clear cadmium finish to provide the highest level of corrosion resistance. Engineered to the correct size and length for a 2WD Vanagon, both front and rear shocks are tailor-made in a joint effort between Burley Motorsports and Radflo Suspension Technologies to bring out the very best from your Volkwagen 2WD Vanagon and yet remain within all specs to fit properly! It is vitally important to remain within the VW shock-length specs for this vehicle. Front shocks, for many reasons, will not work well with anything longer than stock. We have done a ton of testing on many different dampening systems. We worked with the premiere off-road experts to perfect all aspects of a suspension system, in which shocks play a huge part. It doesn’t get any better than this! (For more information on shock anatomy, see “The Perfect Vanagon Shock System”.)
Designed for the harshest off-road racing conditions with a Nitro Steel® rod and slippery bronze rod guide, these shocks provide unyielding performance in the roughest terrain and offer the smoothest ride on the streets. Multi-direction, triple lip sealing system prevents oil contamination while ensuring excellent gas and oil retention.
These shocks come with self-adjusting, velocity-sensitive valving, which automatically adjust to terrain for improved control, handling and comfort. Radflo’s exclusive Freeflo™ racing piston utilizes adaptive damping technology to automatically match shock performance to surface conditions. They feature multi-stage compression and rebound damping characteristics.
The front shock boasts a nitrogen-charged internal floating piston (IFP). These shocks use the internal floating piston to separate the nitrogen and oil, allowing the piston to be in pure oil which allows for better performance all around. The other shocks offered on the market for Vanagon owners are usually emulsion shocks which combine the oil and the nitrogen. With aggressive use, this created significant internal pressures as the oil cavitates and foams, which drastically reduces its dampening capabilities. This also leads to more significant wear and tear on other components on the vehicle. Our IFP shocks are far superior.
Even more hardcore, the rear shock adds a nitrogen-charged piggyback reservoir onto the monotube. This increases heat dissipation which means increased control as the dampening qualities don’t degrade. There is a dramatic enhancement in internal operating pressure caused by adding additional reservoir space onto a shock. Comfort, enhanced control and predictability, and a noticeable upgrade in dampening quality can all be expected when purchasing this shock.
Our proprietary shock absorbers are engineered to outlast and outperform the competition. All components are manufactured from the highest quality materials and machined to exacting tolerances right here in the United States. Every shock is manufactured entirely in-house at Radflo Suspension Technologies, under strict quality control.
In addition to the four shock absorbers, we offer our best recommendation for a 2WD spring replacement, the Schwenk 2WD springs.
- Modestly stiffer & slightly taller than stock
- Firm but responsive feel – not harsh
- Improved ride, cornering & stability
These springs are designed to meet stock VW specs for vehicle ride height, alignment and shock valving. They are only moderately stiffer and taller than stock, all still within VW specs. (For more information on why we sell Shwenk Springs, please see our article “Choosing the Right Vanagon Spring.”)
The Schwenk Vanagon Springs made for the 2WD Vanagon were designed to deliver optimum suspension travel and stability on a westy loaded with an average amount of camping cargo and several passengers. The springs cure the mushy, kneeling feel the stock springs have, while at the same time providing improved cornering and much-improved stability in windy conditions.
Chrome Silicon Steel
The springs are made of Chrome Silicon pre-tensioned steel. Chrome Silicon is the best material available for automotive springs primarily because it does not sag like other spring steel does, but also because it can be wound to closer tolerances as well, meaning more accurate and consistent spring rates across the manufacturing process.
The springs are straight wound and are moderately stiffer than stock. Schwenk tested three sets of prototypes in developing these springs before settling on a spring rate. The goal was to get rid of the ill effects of the too-soft stock springs while keeping the suspension responsive and supple.
An empty 2WD Vanagon will have a ride height with these particular Schwenk Spring of roughly 17 1/4″, measuring from the center of the wheel / axle to the lower lip of the fender. Ride heights will vary with different van configurations.
The ride height these springs provide is designed to deliver optimal suspension travel and ground clearance. By “optimal,” he means the height is designed to ensure full use of the full range of suspension travel, as designed by VW, without topping out due to excessive ride-height, or requiring ball-joint extenders.
Each bundle also comes with two spring isolator pads.
2 Radflo Shocks with IFP for the Front
2 Radflo Shocks with Piggyback Reservoirs for the Rear
2 Schwenk Springs for the Front
2 Schwenk Springs for the Rear
2 Spring Isolator Pads