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Dr_airtime

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MK2 basic replacment struts reccomendation?
« on: Nov 28, 19, 17:28 »
Have a 1991 MK2 Golf with only 180km (yes..true) on it. Had OEM struts and I replaced all 4 struts myself with some quality used OEM replacement struts maybe 6 years ago, + top caps.

Time has come to replace all 4 struts again. We don't need to sink a ton of $$ into this car. Anyone have any reccomendations? Talked to Autohaus in Burnaby who is super legit and they recommended going with like a Monroe or something non-OEM as OEM is pricey.

No fancy upgrades or anything were ever done to our MK2. Had stock struts, replaced with an OEM strut, etc. Not lowered or raised.

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Re: MK2 basic replacment struts reccomendation?
« Reply #1 on: Nov 29, 19, 07:54 »
Best bang for the buck, I like KYB. Made in Japan.
Excellent quality product, decent pricing, and a lifetime warranty. Can't beat that.

Fr struts - 235614
Rr shocks - 343191

No reason they should cost you more than $100/corner.

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Dr_airtime

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Re: MK2 basic replacment struts reccomendation?
« Reply #2 on: Nov 29, 19, 12:27 »
Thanks Parts. Confirmed those numbers on their website and LordCo carries KYB. Easy!

Any opinion on if it is worth getting new springs as well if my current ones are almost 30 years old? Don't need to lower the car at all, believe this is primary reason people do new springs....

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Re: MK2 basic replacment struts reccomendation?
« Reply #3 on: Nov 29, 19, 13:07 »
Any opinion on if it is worth getting new springs as well if my current ones are almost 30 years old?

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Re: MK2 basic replacment struts reccomendation?
« Reply #4 on: Jan 21, 20, 12:39 »
@ Parts - thanks for reccomendation. Front KYB struts $80 with my LordCo discount and rear ones only $55.

Will be swapping this weekend. Just tracking down come spring compressors and a blow torch for cutting old rusty lower bolts.

jettag60

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Re: MK2 basic replacment struts reccomendation?
« Reply #5 on: Jan 21, 20, 14:00 »
would be good to look at replacing the upper strut bushings as well

Dr_airtime

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Re: MK2 basic replacment struts reccomendation?
« Reply #6 on: Jan 30, 20, 13:31 »
Home garage strut replacement all around a success using economical KYB struts from Lordco per @Parts recommendation, and a quick stop by VW Autohaus in Burnaby for all other odds and ends from Christian (bolts, top caps, rubber bottom outs, etc.).

Car does not pull one way or the other so alignment is good, but steering wheel is now 20 degrees turned to the right while going straight.

Found a few videos stating MK2s have splined shafts once you take the steering wheel bolt bolt off. Can anyone confirm if it may work simply to pop the wheel off and move it a few splines left to straighten the steering wheel out?

I did pop the steering wheel off a couple years ago to replace a fried turn signal. It did not go on crooked though.

There is a metal 'cup' under the front top caps that was completely flattened out in my old top cop. Maybe this was throwing off the steering before and the steering wheel was not on proper to begin with. Car drives straight.

No alignment issues (pulling left, or right) post struts and struts definitely on the the right way, and same way, on both sides!