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  1. Wish I bougbt koni T/As now and avoided this issue. But just been for a another spin and no noises and steering feels way way better too. The top plates above probably could have been drilled out wider to allow proper fitment. In 4 years this has never been right. Perhaps on first install the garage were able to use an impact gun to force it down. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  2. OK I took the shocks off and rebuilt from scratch to torques. I noted the top spring plate was very difficult to remove from the threads the of the Bilstein shock - they are a wider thread than stock. This is probably why the assembly wasn't bolted in fully secure. I had some replacement caps from the mk3 that fitted over the threads nicely. I rolled the car back and forth before torquing the bolt for these. I put it back together with the shocks swapped over to opposite sides and set the camber to zero degrees (in the air with a jack under wishbone- quick and dirty). Went for a spin. It did clonk again once as I first reversed, but a lighter clonk like the spring reseating itself. It was then fine for thr rest of the test drive. I was pretty rough with it to test. Fingers crossed but have been here before... Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  3. Been to the local garage, great guys but they don't know older VWs inside out. They do take great care of the car though. Car went on shacker machine and no problems down below with bushes, arb, bearings but there is a problem with the top mount on the side the noise comes from. When they jacked the car up after the shacker machine the passenger side shock dropped a small amount and the noise was heard from the top of the shock. On testing there is lateral and vertical movement (about half a cm up and down but I think this is normal on VWs?). This is the 2nd new top mount (lemforder) installed this side. Either Stealth and myself have installed these incorrectly or there is something else amiss. A few questions if anyone can help. I may have to go back to Stealth (100mile trip) for diagnoises but am supposed to be showing the car at Silverstone and doubt I'll get it sorted intime if I go that route. - When installing the springs I ensured the ears on the spring plate and shock lined up with the ends of the spring. I also bought new springs plates from VW classic parts. - I didn't do anything special with lining up the top mount, just plonked it on and put a vw shock/topmount bush nut and then put the top plate and nut on when installed in the car. I used my impact gun as the allen head is rounded on the shock with the issue. I guess the shock could have spun and the garage today suggested I used mole grips with a rag on the shock body to make sure and torque up properly. - One remark - when I did the job to switch over to H&R springs, from eibach, altough the noise was still happening with eibach, i noticed a normal nut had been used on top of the bearing rather than the special VW bush nut. It would have been like this since the shocks were first installed a good 4 years ago and was the reason i changed the spring plates as they were misshapen. Could my shock be fecked? - Last Q - the garage said the camber is normally setup on the top mount placement hence my q above on not doing anything special when locating the topmount. I thought we did camber on the 2 bolts on the bottom of the shock on these cars? Do coilovers have the same setup as the spring plate used to convert later corrados to early spring design?
  4. Cheers Dox, I have checked i think it is correct - bent downward under the exhaust rather than upwards. It possibly needs a knock a few mm towards passenger side to clear it but will wait the results of the shacker plate machine at the garage incase another bush is tired causing excessive movement. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  5. Just an update as know a coupe of others are following for a solution! Carrier change didn't solve the issue. I believe now that it is the ARB hitting the wishbone on the passenger side. Car is going on the Shacker machine on Tuesday. The camber is way out still as waiting to solve the issue before getting it aligned. Only clonks once on a drive - today went on a 40 mile trip and it clonked once on the first reverse maneuver (never does it when I reverse out of drive first thing though) and then doesn't do it again - I.e when I was parking up next to Keyo no clonk but had thst been the first reverse of the journey it would have done it. The front wishbone bushes are the only non-new and non touched item in this rebuild. Perhaps they are allowing some movement of the wishbone. Or perhaps it just needs an alignment. The wishbone is original VW but rear bush changed for a R32 bush. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  6. Oh bugger I should have done the doex gel as have some here but have now stayed them silver and fitted to the car. In other news it didn't solve the clonk which I now believe is the ARB hitting the wishbone on passenger side. Only does it once or twice on a journey. Car is going on shacker machine at a garage on Tuesday. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  7. Great to see you again today. Black Magic looking as beautiful as ever and I had the pleasure of driving behind on the way out - your Corrado has great presence on the road. Yours is spec'd the way VW should have done it from the factory. You did better than me on the mpg - I got 30.5 and only cruised at 60mph for most of the journey. My coolant temps happily always under the 90 mark but oil hovers between 98 and 102. It goes as high as 118 if I utilise the revs. It used to be lower before the cams. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  8. Thought I would have a go at electrolysis on some brake carriers. I got myself a bucket, sacrificial brake disc, biocarbonate soda, water and a battery plus trickle charger. 1 table spoon of soda per gallon of water. Left for around 24 hrs but turning on and off rather than leaving over night. I did no prep to the carriers but did brush down wire brush after the process. I think they turned out pretty good for minimal effort. Will clean them up and paint next. Crusty rust has gone but wire brush left dusty rust deposits to be cleaned before paint. Some before and after pics. Will grab a pic of the setup later. Pretty simple to do just don't let the stuff you're cleaning touch the sacrificial metal (brake disc in my case). Might have a go at zinc plating for bolts and bits next and will update thread. If anyone has tips please post and of anyone wants to know more post questions. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  9. I tend to use either Opie Oils or https://www.vwspares.co.uk/ Well done on the pump 🙂
  10. Anyway figured it out - for all of those that don't know - 13mm nut clamps bracket for o2 sensor and once removed you have access to the main bolt that runs through the mount. Remove bolt and you're free to jack up engine. Just as simple as the front mount. Just a note as sounds like the knowledge has gone - you cannot remove the wishbone on a vr6 without either jacking up engine/dropping subframe/remove sump. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  11. I should know this but not attempted the mounts on the VR6. I'd like to refurbish my wishbones before getting an alignment after doing some works in the area. I can see I need to jack up the engine to allow room for the front wishbone bolt to come out - I had a quick look at the mount and it seems there is bolt on the top securing a heatshield - does that go all the way through to secure the mount so I only need to take that out and I'm good to go with jacking engine as normal - basically same idea as the front mount which I've done a few time before? Just getting my head around it before I jump in. Cheers Matt
  12. Yeah I was hoping the owner was on here in the background to fill in the story on how it mechanically held up. For me these high milers, especially ones still in use and in good condition are the most impressive Corrados. Cream not for me but does look well kept. Id fear the floors are not holding up with the water ingress though. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  13. 316k Corrado for sale on the bay. Fair play to the owner, looks like he/she has had it since 1998 and done the mileage and mainteance. Would love to know what it has needed over the years. Would be great to hear still on original chains lol Bit worse for wear now: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/155060482709?_trkparms=pageci%3A0011a5da-fc81-11ec-bd61-12eb313a9f94|parentrq%3Acf3ae4ce1810aa7139a017b6fffad54e|iid%3A1&_trksid=p2380057.c100675.m4236
  14. Got it - thanks! Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
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