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  2. I'm running stock springs (1 coil cut out all round 15-20m low) and stock shocks at the moment on my 84 bready. I like having the travel on the stock springs because my local routes have shite bumps. I just want better damping performance and more progressive shocks for the roll. Has anyone tried these shocks? I would consider getting sportier springs too but its my daily so not that fussed, its already fun right now while feeling chilled to drive, crashy thumps wise. Also just to mention i have a pair of powerflex ARB polly bushings if anyone wants them off me. Cheers
  3. Today
  4. A couple of things about 'checking' the torque of a nut or bolt and torque wrench calibration. The correct torque of a bolt/nut can ONLY be checked whilst it is actually being tightened - It is NOT possible to simply put the torque wrench back on it to 'check' as the initial resistance to turning would prevent an accurate reading - It might even be possible to increase the setting slightly and still get a 'click' out of it without it turning the bolt/nut. A very rough method of checking that your torque wrench is giving something like the correct result is to use a spring balance at a point exactly 12 inches from the centre of the drive square. Set the wrench to a setting in lbs/ft (ft/lbs if you like) , grip the square in the vice and pull on the spring balance - the wrench should 'click' at the appropriate setting. This is NOT a super accurate calibration check, as there are some variables - not least, the accuracy of the spring balance (but you could check that against a known weight). This check is best repeated at two or three settings of the wrench. Regards
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  6. Yeah - re-used the nuts. The other side is still at torque, lord knows what happened here. Ordered a couple new OEM locknuts for peace of mind. Well I thought I trusted it! Its a Draper and had it for yonks. Could probably do with checking that. Isn't the sump made of Alu? I'll fill it in and give it a paint anyways.
  7. Ouch. Original nuts reused on end of ARB? Do you trust your torque wrench? Looks like dent and scrape, but not much material lost. Sump is not leaking at that point, but probably worth reinforcing with filler and painting over to stop rust from outside.
  8. And the clunk was a combination of the ARB wobbling around in the TCA and this..... The counterweight on the OS driveshaft has given my sump a good whack. Is this sump going to need replacing? Hard to tell whether the scuff is a removal of material or a caving of it in... Going to order some new locknuts for the ARB. It was definitely done up to 75Nm - shouldn't have failed so catastrophically. Thank god I caught it!
  9. Well if this isn't the cause I don't know what is.... slightly frightening The 'lock' nut at the end of the ARB had vibrated loose - makes sense that the skating motion would come from a rather variable castor angle...
  10. Right - did some tests (why does driving cars like these so often feel like being a bloody test pilot?) and I think I'm getting closer. The skating steer is only present when the car is accelerating or decelerating sharply - the effect isn't replicated by braking at any speed. When the throttle is lightly blipped (in either direction, i.e. taking the pressure off or putting it on) when moving there is a distinct 'clunk' associated with the steering motion. The 'clunk' noise doesn't appear in any other circumstances and isn't steering related (i.e., doesn't happen just from being at full lock like a dodgy CV joint might). I can reproduce it with really light 'blips' from the throttle so I don't think its coming from weight shifting around. It almost reminds me of when you pedal hard on your bike suddenly and theres a clunk as the freewheel moves a fraction before the pawls engage hard against the hub. I'll jack the front up and check all of the fasteners to see if anything has come loose later - anything else I should check while I'm under there? I checked both front wheels for play after the last round of work and didn't feel any play.
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  12. GTIJon

    GTI 6c

    I used the Carista OBD2 connector with mobile app. Around £16 from amazon with a months free access to the app (Long enough to make the changes) https://caristaapp.com/ This is fine if you want simple to use, but if you want some more in depth coding you should look at VCDS or OBDeleven. Cheers!
  13. Oh certainly - got the tracking done after I replaced all the bushes. I'm guessing you mean i'll need to get the toe alignment done again after fiddling with the ARB position?
  14. sleag40

    Vauxhall Cavalier

    Yep, pretty grim! ☹️ So far the wire wheel has only discovered one area needing fresh metal - little square top centre of the above pic.
  15. Musoke

    GTI 6c

    Looks really good! how did you enable the auto door locking on movement?
  16. Hi I have a 2001 6n2 GTI polo and was told that the cup holders from a mk4 golf fit with some modification and was wondering if anyone knows what I need to do as my cup holders in my car currently are broken and I prefer mk4 golf ones tbh thanks in advance
  17. Youll need to track it after the work has been done as it will have been tracked with the wear in place
  18. Jim1500

    Mk1 polo repair panels

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fiberglass-Wings-Mk1-Vw-Polo-Audi-50-fender/273822151095?hash=item3fc11271b7:g:wOQAAOSwWkhcwpzm&frcectupt=true
  19. Jim1500

    Mk1 polo repair panels

    Arch was nearly half the price in Germany, postage was 12euro...……………...postage from England was £36! arrived within 4or5 days too. Remember to check for audi 50 panels too (prob know this already!!!)
  20. Top mounts seem fine - don't think they're that old
  21. Thanks - i'll check with another gauge, although the tyre pressures havent been touched since before the bushes were done. Yeah - everything standard, no lowering. Pulling away it runs straight and also feels straight when in equilibrium ('hands off' at speed it tracks a straight line). Tyres look the same both sides in terms of wear. Just tried rocking the steering with the brake pressed hard and no clunk. Could the left/right position of the ARB affect things? When I put the new bushes on the bar it obviously clamped the bar to the position the bushes were installed (the bush housings only have one position but the location of the bar in the bush might be wrong?).
  22. caretakerplus

    Mk1 polo wiper motor

    Welcome to the Forum. The problem with wiper motors is generally down to badly worn commutators. When you stripped the motor, did the commutator look to be in fair condition? The problem with them is that, being so small, they tend to wear quite badly - the other problem with them is that you can get 'carry over' between the segments. It is possible to skim the commutator in a lath, BUT by the time the motor starts to give problems, the 'com' is so badly warn that there is no longer enough metal left to skim. Are the brushes free to slide in their guide (brush box) ? The brushes must have enough metal left on them for their springs to be able to hold them in contact with the com, also, they should have a radius on the end to suit the com's radius. If you end up replacing the complete wiper assembly, make sure that you obtain one with the same sweep and (obviously) the same spindle centres. Regards
  23. Are the front suspension top mounts equally shagged? I imagine one could shift under torque input, but never felt that myself. Any weird tyre wear from worn ARBs? Does it go straight-ahead hands off the wheel on a flat road with just enough gas to be constant speed at 20 to 40mph? I assume the tracking was done right. Sounds like it. And just pulling away from rest do you need to correct the steering at all? I once had a worn out hub that appeared to pull left despite tracking adjustment. If with engine off you press hard on the brake pedal then turn the wheel left then right from centre do you get a clunk? Does it then not clunk with brakes off? Then I'd investigate for wheel play.
  24. Suggest that you use an accurate tyre pressure gauge as a first step to sorting the problem. After that, a steering geometry check should identify the problem. (I am assuming that your suspension is standard.) Regards
  25. My Mk2f used to suffer from some pretty 'fun' torque steer - caused, I assumed, by the fact that one TCA-ARB bush was all but disintegrated and the other a totally different shape/make. After replacing the TCAs and ARB and getting the tracking done the front end feels great but on the first motorway drive today its evident the torque steer is not only back but different and in the opposite direction! On hard acceleration or deceleration (I assume shifting enough of the car's weight around) the steering bias feels to swap sides - it almost feels like one wheel shifts ahead of the other on deceleration and then the other way round on acceleration if that makes sense? The old torque steer was a momentary impulse that needed to be countered - this feels more like a constant bias. I assume this is likely to be the alignment of the ARB in its bushes or the castor angles or a combination of the two. How should I go about adjusting this? Or have I got this all backwards and there's something else at play? Anyone else gone through this?
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  27. Marshall89

    Mk1 polo wiper motor

    Hi guys, my wiper motor has packed up on my 76 polo. I've stripped cleaned and reassembled it which got it going very slowly but it has stopped again. Does anyone know where I could pick up a motor that would work on my car? I can't find one listed anywhere. Failing that can anyone recommend a good repair place that can salvage this one? The mechanism is well lubed and moving freely. Thanks!
  28. Marshall89

    Mk1 polo repair panels

    Thanks for the advice mate. Much appreciated.
  29. sleag40

    Vauxhall Cavalier

    I managed to find someone to help me lift off the tail gate - theres usually plenty of people around, but not when you need there to be.! I can't keep putting off cleaning back the underside to the metal - I let myself in gently by finishing off the cleaning of the nearside rear tub. Grim times ahead. 😞
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