Strut bushings!?

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Strut bushings!?

Postby BDF02M » Sat Oct 06, 2007 4:37 pm

Word is, mine are needing replacement soon.

Niello says about $410 for the job, since apparently my extended warranty doesn't cover strut bushings. :eyes:

Thoughts? Advice? Bids for a cheaper way to do it? :rofl:

There's gotta be a better way...?
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Postby Turtle-Dude » Sat Oct 06, 2007 6:55 pm

How soon is soon? I'm perfectly capable but not available for a few more weekends.
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Postby flip2jetta » Sat Oct 06, 2007 8:33 pm

how mechanically inclined are you??? (not being sarcastic) If you have the tools and basic wrenching knowledge it's really not too hard, just a bit time consuming.

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Postby BDF02M » Sun Oct 07, 2007 12:14 am

A definition of "soon" wasn't provided by the friendly service adviser. Didn't think to ask for some reason.

I'm not in a dire need as far as I know. I haven't noticed any handling issues or uneven treadwear. Is there a surefire way to tell how bad it is? There's a noticeable separation from... where the caps should be.


If the wear isn't anything terrible (yet), I'm content to ride it out a bit further, unless that's a bad idea?
If it turns out it's time to pop some new bushings in... Rich? It'd be rad if ya had the time and inclination sometime, whenever. That'd be really, really appreciated, of course. :D
Just lemme know what I'd have to do and provide (parts, compensation, etc.), and I'm on it.

As far as my mechanical prowess; it's minimal. I installed my techtonics myself, that was a breeze in hindsight, and that's about my limit.

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Postby omllenado » Sun Oct 07, 2007 2:38 am

That's an easy fix just grab these or you might just need the bearings.

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Postby BDF02M » Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:01 am

omllenado wrote:That's an easy fix just grab these or you might just need the bearings.

$28.95

Seriously? Just $30 in parts? Sweet!
What... why would the dealership want $410 for this? :eyes:
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Postby ohsnap » Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:07 am

BDF02M wrote:Seriously? Just $30 in parts? Sweet!
What... why would the dealership want $410 for this? :eyes:


Cause theyre the dealer. They wanted $519 just for Front Pads and Rotors from me. I clearly said no, id take care of it myself. I got it all for 82 bucks, and took a couple hours to do (with help from Ermin of course) :)
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Postby oldskoolvwlover » Sun Oct 07, 2007 12:17 pm

BDF02M wrote:Seriously? Just $30 in parts? Sweet!
What... why would the dealership want $410 for this? :eyes:


I would guess alignment and overall labor charges. I doubt that the dealer would send you on your way without a proper alignment when they have just removed the front suspension.

It's a cake job and I don't see any reason to not drive on em for a lil while. The NB needs em done, but that is waiting until I get the new shocks so I can do everything at once. Also the way they test em, it not the most scientific measurement. They check for movement in the strut bearing, if they don't see enough they say they need replacement. They suggested replacement on my aftermarket ones because they are stiffer than stock so they thought they were worn even though they were brand new.

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Postby BDF02M » Sun Oct 07, 2007 12:47 pm

Oh yeah, alignment. Didn't think about that.

Also, is this one of those situations where, since they'll need to be replaced anyway, aftermarket products could be better than OEM?
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Postby oldskoolvwlover » Sun Oct 07, 2007 12:55 pm

not really..... mine are made by bonrath, the ride is stiffer but it gave me an extra half inch drop in the front which i needed with the heavy ass in the vert.

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Postby omllenado » Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:03 pm

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That doesn't look normal. Sticks out too much.

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Postby BDF02M » Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:08 pm

That's what I'm told... and the reason for my inquiry.
Really, they started popping up alot more recently.

What causes this kind of damage/wear anyway? I always crawl over speedbumps and other obstacles... if that matters for this.
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Postby Turtle-Dude » Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:34 am

I'm back! Everyone else already said it...those are sticking up too far. I don't recall if you are lowered or not but on several VR Jetta that I've replaced them on, they looked close to that between 60k and 90k. Stock suspension last a bit longer.
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Postby BDF02M » Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:22 pm

Yeah, I have stock suspension and I'm creeping up on 60k right now.
...and I do corner hard from time to time. I'll keep that more in check.

Is this something that will cause further damage if not addressed in the next coming weeks?
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Postby BDF02M » Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:25 pm

rex_racer wrote:When you replace these are you looking for a performance upgrade for vehicular handling as well? If you are you could look into GC camber plates. Minimal impact on noise, vibration and stiffness of ride, but a dramatic change in the front end grip of the car.

hmmm... I DO enjoy vehicular handling... :wiggle:
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Postby oldskoolvwlover » Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:33 pm

Sureguy wrote:Hook me up with this guy. I need to do something for my R32.



he is a good guy..... been around FOREVER, and great for helping setup suspension on MK4's.

He is also on SacWater.... here is his profile over there
http://sacwater.net/forums/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=69

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Postby BDF02M » Sat Oct 13, 2007 6:23 pm

How much? What do they do exactly?
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Postby omllenado » Sun Oct 14, 2007 2:30 am

I might finally get some gc camber plates if I end up not selling my jetta. Still Loving my GC conversion kit :thumb:

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Postby BDF02M » Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:39 am

rex_racer wrote:I believe the regular price, shipped is about 350-360.

The plates allow for independent adjustment of caster and camber and when used with coilovers the ability to increase shock travel which plays a huge part in ride comfort and cornering if one is bottoming out mid corner...


So this isn't as much an entry-level modification, as it's best used as an advancement of an aftermarket setup?
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Postby BDF02M » Sun Oct 14, 2007 9:00 am

Sureguy wrote:right. You'd be better off with R32 bushings if you don't race your car.

Sweet. I'll definately look into some of those, and try and arrange a time, place, and someone to put those in sometime. :thumb:

Thanks guys!
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Postby volkshaus » Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:07 pm

Just a freindly reminder that i'm down the road. :thumb:
Can do any repair work you could ever need for your VW. :thumb:
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Postby lunisport » Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:33 pm

volkshaus wrote:Just a freindly reminder that i'm down the road. :thumb:
Can do any repair work you could ever need for your VW. :thumb:


And after you repair his car, you can become a paying sponsor with a banner here :thumb:

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Postby BDF02M » Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:59 pm

lunisport wrote:And after you repair his car, you can become a paying sponsor with a banner here :thumb:

With my monies? :eyes:

:p

I did I have another question about it/them though. If they're not addressed shortly, will there be other damage?
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Postby volkshaus » Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:27 pm

lunisport wrote:And after you repair his car, you can become a paying sponsor with a banner here :thumb:

That could be a good thing need to look into that. :cool: :thumb:
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Postby BDF02M » Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:31 pm

[quote="Sureguy"]Body and paintwork for the hood ]
I was wondering if that was a possibility. Crap. I gotta get this done.
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