February 26, 2021

Improving Your Older VW Speed: Tires

under the VW hoodIf you have an older Volkswagen vehicle, like one of the older Beetle cars, then it’s likely that you’ve lost some of the horsepower over the years that you used to get. Your car is likely to be putting around by now if you haven’t done anything to it except for regular maintenance because the older VW cars weren’t built to go that fast in the first place. I’m not going to show you how to turn that VW into a racing machine (although it is possible with a lot of modifications, possibly a different model engine, and some more modifications); however, I will show you how to get a little bit more speed out of your old Beetle-mobile.

The easiest thing that you can change to increase speed will be the tires. This may not make sense at first, especially since the tires have nothing to do with the engine or the horsepower. However, depending on the size of the tires that you are using, you can improve either the top speed or the acceleration rate of your VW.

The more rubber that you have meeting the road’s surface, the greater the frictional resistance you’re going to have. This may sound confusing, especially if you’re not a genius when it comes to cars (don’t worry, I’m not either), but it’s pretty simple once you understand how this works. If you put wider tires onto your vehicle, you’re going to decrease the performance of the vehicle, but you will increase the top speed of the vehicle. However, it will take a little longer to get to that top speed.

If you’re wanting to improve the acceleration and performance of your VW Bug, then you’ll want to use tires that are smaller in diameter (but of course, still safe to use on your vehicle). This will improve the acceleration as well as the performance; however, it will decrease the top speed of your VW Bug. You’ll want to remember that the top speed of the older Volkswagens wasn’t meant to be that high in the first place, so depending on the size of the tire you’re using, you can drastically reduce the maximum speed of your Bug.

Finally, one of the other things you can do to increase the performance of your VW Bug is to have a complete engine tune-up performed. You won’t be making the engine more powerful; however, if this isn’t done, your car may be running slower than it should because it’s not running at its best. This is basically the same with any other car that you own. If you don’t have the regular maintenance, oil changes, and other tune-ups performed, then your car is not going to run at its best. It’s especially important to make sure this is done with older Volkswagen cars, because they seem to be a little bit more touchy than newer and different model cars. If you keep your VW running at its best throughout its lifetime, you’re likely to notice that it will run better than any other VW out there.

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