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Pot holes 2 - wheels bearings 0 Sad

Decided to overhaul the front suspension strut with OEM components. Should get the struts built and fitted tomorrow.















Posted 24th Apr 2010 at 02:13
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You had fun then? LOL

I'll send you mine to do whilst you've got the paint out...

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Posted 24th Apr 2010 at 02:31
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You had fun then? LOL

I'll send you mine to do whilst you've got the paint out...


Thanks for the help on paint Thumbs up

Going to use Dan's spring compressor machine tomorrow to save the hassle of doing it by hand.
Posted 24th Apr 2010 at 02:39
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Have you got the part number handy for those bumpstops?
Last time I wanted some they only had the shorter rubber 2-stage ones in.

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Posted 24th Apr 2010 at 02:44
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Have you got the part number handy for those bumpstops?
Last time I wanted some they only had the shorter rubber 2-stage ones in.


0000503327 REBOUND STOP 13.04+VAT
Posted 24th Apr 2010 at 02:52
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Cheers, mine are fooked, too many potholes LOL

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Posted 24th Apr 2010 at 02:54
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Is it best to attach the front strut to the wheelbearing hub carrier before putting it on the car or put the spring/damper on first and then the wheelbearing hub carrier after?
Posted 26th Apr 2010 at 01:34
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I always stick the carrier on first then the damper in, but it depends on how long your spring compressor are - if they're fairly short it makes the job a right bas**rd, if they're fairly long it's a piece of p*ss.

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Posted 26th Apr 2010 at 02:55
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I always stick the carrier on first then the damper in, but it depends on how long your spring compressor are - if they're fairly short it makes the job a right bas**rd, if they're fairly long it's a piece of p*ss.


I can't work out which damper is left and right ... Do the damper drop link tabs point backwards or forwards in relation to the damper pinch bolt locating tab? I am assuming backwards closer to the ARB?
Posted 26th Apr 2010 at 03:19
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Backwards.

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Posted 26th Apr 2010 at 03:18
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cheers phllip ... The drive today was slow and refined! All it needs now are some droplinks Whistle Thumbs up
Posted 28th Apr 2010 at 18:15
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Fitting the strut to the car was fairly straight forward.

1. Get jack to level of wishbone.
2. Push strut up into locating hole.
3. Screw in 2 Top mount bolts halfway, which gives play for the suspension strut to move out to locate driveshaft.
4. Push in driveshaft
5. Use bar to lever wishbone down to insert ball joints.
6. use bar to lever Anti-roll bar down to fit drop links (car was jacked up/stands on one side).
7. Torque everything up.

I used silicone seal on the ABS sensor fitted before the strut went on to prevent it rusting fast.
Posted 28th Apr 2010 at 18:31
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What's this 'slow' thing you speak of?

Mine are easier to fit - bolt upright to balljoint, bolt driveshaft to hub, let fancy wishbones drop down 4 inches further than standard, slot strut in upright Razz

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Posted 28th Apr 2010 at 18:45
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slow = bedding in brakes
Posted 28th Apr 2010 at 21:43
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= Slow for a bit then thrash the tits off 'em?

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Posted 28th Apr 2010 at 23:24
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Posted 29th Apr 2010 at 03:50
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should the hub face be greased or oiled or ?
Posted 29th Apr 2010 at 03:51
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I usually give it a slight smear of grease, stops the disc/wheel corroding on.

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Posted 29th Apr 2010 at 03:56
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= Slow for a bit then thrash the tits off 'em?


That would be the continual green fade brake cycle!
Posted 5th May 2010 at 17:50
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WOW!! You have been busy neil!! Are they brand new hubs??

Think i might need to overhaul mine at some point, maybe next year Yes

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Posted 5th May 2010 at 18:16
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WOW!! You have been busy neil!! Are they brand new hubs??

Think i might need to overhaul mine at some point, maybe next year Yes


Yes new hubs ... new wheel bearings made so much difference to grip, road noise and ride quality. If you are after changing just wheel bearings phillipm knows a good bearing for around 30 which is uprated over the OEM ones.

busy me? Whistle



Not sure if very high temp paint makes a difference to the life of the exhaust ...
Posted 5th May 2010 at 22:08
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If you are after changing just wheel bearings phillipm knows a good bearing for around 30 which is uprated over the OEM ones.


Yes There's a very common double zero class machine bearing the same size as the TU ones, 35 quid + vat each.
I think the XU bearings are a bit bigger but they appear to have sized them all from lathe class bearings because there's one for the rear that goes straight in too.
Best bet is see what your local bearing shop can offer, that's all I did Thumbs up


Cool @ exhaust.
You're gonna be really p*ssed off when they salt the roads this winter LOL

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Posted 5th May 2010 at 22:53
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Cool @ exhaust.
You're gonna be really p*ssed off when they salt the roads this winter LOL


I wish there is a more permanent solution to OEM exhausts ... i should be ok with salt ... devon has 12,000 miles of b road and they cover about <1% LOL
Posted 5th May 2010 at 23:31
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damn i wish i had the time/space to do something like this, i love new things Love

I may need some of those bearings soon phil, have some hubs i will probably refurb Yes

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Posted 6th May 2010 at 00:16
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Are you going to fit the proper GTi 6 tailpipe end? I'm interested in how easy it is to get the chrome tip swapped over without it being obvious when fitted

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