Touareg: 2008 V8
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Colorado, United States
Second Vehicle: Other
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Not really wanted an internet argument, but "lifting" an independent suspension vehicle will NOT cause bump steer. That is usually a result of a solid axle vehicle and has to do with the track bar (aka pan hard rod) not being parallel to the steering rod.
As for CV joints, bushing wear and the other worries.... Well, you might be right. But it might also take 500,000 miles to find out. :- /
I don't know how similar the T2s are underneath, but I always thought if you could drop (or lift, depending on your point of view) the suspension subframes, you would have an easier time. The shock mounts that attach to the body would have to have spacers, too. And you'd have to extend brake lines, wiring, steering hoses/steering wheel. But you would retain the factory geometry as far as "normal" range of travel.
Unfortunately, most people who own these beasts do not off-road with them like those who own Toyotas or Jeeps, so there will never be robust aftermarket support. A shame, really.
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