Wondering if anyone may be able to offer some advice, I'm trying to install a H&R uprated front ARB as part of the build of my Mk4 FWD project and I'm having a few issues.
The ARB P/N is HR-33525-1 and is the type with the enlarged loops to give a bit more clearance on the driveshafts when lowering. It came with new rubber / Teflon bushes and I have replaced the clamps and bolts with new OEM items.
The problems I'm having:
1.The collars on the ARB which locate against the inner side of the mounting bushes appear to be too large in diameter and are digging into the subframe when the ARB clamps are fully tightened.
2. The centre section of the H&R ARB is completely straight whereas the OEM item had some bends in it to give clearance. The problem with this is that it contacts the steering rack mounting bolts, preventing them from being fully wound in. The steering rack bolts are also new OEM and I have checked them against the removed parts, they are the same length.
Has anyone else experienced these issues with the H&R ARB? I am considering removing some material from the collars in order to give a bit of clearance from the subframe, and cutting down the steering rack bolts to prevent them hitting the ARB but looking at other aftermarket / performance ARB's such as Eibach, these seem to have similar bends to the OEM VAG part and therefore wouldn't have these issues.
If you can offer some help or advice it would be gratefully received. I can't send the ARB back now as the distributor I used appears to have ceased trading but worst-case I will just have to buy a different one and try and eBay this one.
Thanks a lot,