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#61 TomasLT

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 07:56 AM

As in topran bearings?


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Posted 03 June 2017 - 08:53 AM

Topran fronts, bearings only.
Topran rears, hubs complete with bearings.

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 09:09 PM

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All done except a final brake fluid change and system bleed, and steering geometry check and adjust.
Been a long job. Can't wait to be driving it now...... :-)


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Posted 09 June 2017 - 09:44 PM

Top job there. Wish i had the know how to tackle a refurb like this. Looks really clean and tidy under the car.

Its nice to see the hidden bits being looked after

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 05:01 AM

Can I ask how much did you spend total? Is it worth it?


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 05:58 AM

Wow, there's some real work gone into this. Hats off to you Sir, great thread!


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 06:22 AM

Can I ask how much did you spend total? Is it worth it?


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'Is it worth it?' Very subjective question there. Would I do it again? No! (Ask me again in a few weeks!)
Was it worth the cost? Probably not, given the value of the car as it stands. But, as with lots of these jobs, the initial estimate is always exceeded by the total outlay!

Work completed:
Wheels cleaned
Arch liners and undertray removed and cleaned
Arches cleaned
Underbody washed
Corrosion protection
New front and rear shock absorbers (Bilstein B4) NB: One rear pigtail had snapped off, so car would have failed next MOT anyway
New Bilstein front springs
New Sachs rear springs
New Febi Bilstein wishbones with TT bush upgrades
Front and rear caliper overhaul
New front wheel bearings NSK
New rear hubs with bearings SKF
Torsion beam removed
New rear Torsion beam bushes fitted (SuperPro)
New ABS sensors
Torsion beam, front hub carriers, fuel tank straps, front brake splash guards, torsion beam brackets all shot blasted and powder coated
New rear brake back plates fitted
New brake flexi pipes fitted throughout
New front to rear rigid brake pipes fitted (Kunifer)
Nearside and offside sills cleaned and corrosion treated
All new VW torque to yield/stretch bolts used throughout

Problems encountered:
Issues I had included seized ABS sensors and bolts, seized brake pope unions (flexi to rigids, just forward of torsion beam), snapped spring.
The only problem upon start up again, was an ABS dash light, due to the front sensor gaps being slightly too large (to be filed and reset).

Cost breakdown:
Suspension components and bushes £445.00 (TDC Automotive)
VW bolts and fixings £130.00
Powder coating £190.00
Wheel bearings/hubs £283.00
Brake hoses/pipes £95.00
ABS sensors £44.00

Total above = £1187

Total hours spent (my work only) 67 hours

Car off road for almost three months (slow time job, included holiday and my own work etc).

Forum support and 'how to guides' were a great help, so my thanks to all those who have gone before me with this kind of work.
I would not have even started this without the knowledge that the engine itself is in top order though.

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 07:47 AM

you just added  new car feel to the car enjoy your investment when you put it back on the road ;) 



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 01:54 PM

Looking very good 🙂

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 08:32 PM

I meant is it worth it for the change in feel?


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 09:02 PM

I meant is it worth it for the change in feel?


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No idea yet, been too busy polishing it! It's booked in for a brake fluid change and decent system bleed, then geometry set up, before I take it out.
I imagine it'll be pretty much as new......whatever that was like! ;-)


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Posted 11 June 2017 - 05:09 PM

£283 seems awful expensive for wheel bearings. I ended up getting the complete hub assembly for my rear and it was €40 for a Quinton Hazel part. How much did you pay for the rears?



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Posted 11 June 2017 - 07:36 PM

£283 seems awful expensive for wheel bearings. I ended up getting the complete hub assembly for my rear and it was €40 for a Quinton Hazel part. How much did you pay for the rears?


40 Euros? £35....... thats a good price for complete hub. What were the bearings within?
My rears (hubs) were £88 each
Fronts (bearings only, pressed in for free) were £45 each


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Posted 11 June 2017 - 08:36 PM

40 Euros? £35....... thats a good price for complete hub. What were the bearings within?
My rears (hubs) were £88 each
Fronts (bearings only, pressed in for free) were £45 each


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Yeah, I thought it was a great price too, I had checked online and seen prices of €70 / 80 and in the end just went to my local motor factors who gives me good trade prices. I can't remember what make the actual bearing in it was but QH is a good brand. Just looking back through my records I also got a Topran front bearing for €15 two years ago which I pressed in myself. 

 

I also have a a record of a front wheel bearing "kit" of €42 in 2012. I can't remember what the kit consisted of. 

 

Your car should serve you well now with that suspension work, should be good for passing Mot's first time rounds in the coming years. That will help you get some payback from this outlay. Do you put up much miles on your Golf a year, doing big miles will help justify the outlay as well. Your work should save in the long run :)



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Posted 12 June 2017 - 07:29 AM

I am planning a few long trips away in this car, mainly Europe, maybe beyond, so yes, good to know all is well underneath. The engine had all the important stuff dealt with a couple of years ago, and I left most of that to a local specialist who did a fantastic job too. All in all, one of the tidiest Golf estates I've seen.......just got to sort out a couple of trolley dints and I will be happy! :-)


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 11:47 AM

Update:
Just driven out to local VW specialist for the brake fluid change and system bleed, pressure check and health check.
The ABS light I had showing on dash extinguised itself after driving a few metres which is good. Im guess it popped a fault light up when I switched on ignition only once during the refurb work, with no sensors plugged in.
Happy days...

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 01:01 PM

If you have ABS issues the EDB will 'fire' when pulling off, this is the tell tale. It takes a few miles for the ABS dash LED to come on.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 06:42 PM

So, here's the end result. Standard height. I know it's not everyones cup of tea, but boy, does she drive nicely now. Old grey car, for an old grey driver! Lol
My final thing to do was clip on the two new rear suspension stone protection guards. Unfortunately VW have sent two guards, fir the same side of car, so that will have to wait a few days!
Hopefully get a few weeks off car stuff now.....I'm knackered!
Have a great week y'all..

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 07:10 PM

That looks a very tidy example  :Y:



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Posted 12 June 2017 - 07:29 PM

Sits better than expected. My back was way higher, had springs for towing, heavy loads.


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 07:51 PM

So, here's the end result. Standard height. I know it's not everyones cup of tea, but boy, does she drive nicely now. Old grey car, for an old grey driver! Lol
My final thing to do was clip on the two new rear suspension stone protection guards. Unfortunately VW have sent two guards, fir the same side of car, so that will have to wait a few days!
Hopefully get a few weeks off car stuff now.....I'm knackered!
Have a great week y'all..

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Congrats for not caving in and thinking because its a mk4 it that it has to be dragging it's subframe along the floor to please teenagers at McDonalds :)


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 08:45 PM

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 01:12 PM

Congrats for not caving in and thinking because its a mk4 it that it has to be dragging it's subframe along the floor to please teenagers at McDonalds :)

 

Completely agree ^_^


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