Mk3 Golf Gti coilover fitting guide

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Mk3 Golf Gti coilover fitting guide

Postby GT'79 on Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:16 pm

The following guide is a step by step method to fitting a new set of ride height adjustable coilovers to a 1997 Mk3 Golf GTi. The same methods can be applied to the MK2 Golf as the setup is nearly identical. The stages not applying to the MK2 will be clearly marked.

The set of coilovers being fitted are the Jamex branded ones available via eBay.

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To begin pop the bonnet to gain acess to the suspension top mountings. These are best loosened while the car is flat on the ground so the nut is easier to remove. A nut runner or compressor is best as the shocks have an insert that will just turn if moved with hand tools.

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Special Tool for locking the strut insert with an allen key.

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Special tool Being made :)
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Now loosen the wheel nuts and raise the car off the ground in the normal way. Support with and axel stand where possible. Remove the wheel.

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On models fitted with ABS (Not applicable for he MK2) the lower suspension strut bolt will have a black plastic guide for the ABS sensor or on later models it will be supported by a clip attatched to the lower part of the strut. Taking great care not to damage the cable, pop the cover open and remove the wire. Then using a flat bladed screw driver lever the holder for the cable off of the lower nut and bolt.


Now using either hand tools or your compressor tools remove the 2 long bolts on the bottom of the suspension strut. As you do this the hub and caliper assembly will drop forwards slightly allowing you enough room to slide the strut away from you and upwards.

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You have now removed the front suspension assembly.

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As we are doing things properly, we have purchased new top suspension mountings. These are fitted with a bearing that can and will wear out so while the suspension is out it makes sense to change them.

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Make sure to grease the threads of the coliovers really well to prevent corrosion and to make adjustments easier. Then you can pre set them off of the car to make life a little easier.

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Refitting is just the opposite of removal. Offer up the new strut and get a mate to wind on the top nut with the top mount to take some of the weight off while you push the hub carrier back into the bottom of the shock. Also remember to re-attatch your ABS wire guides where applicable.

Re-insert the 2 long bottom bolts and tighten them to the nuts. A certain amount of camber adjustment can be obtained by either pulling the strut towards you or pushing it away but we suggest this is left to the discrecion of the individual or wheel alignment specialist for best results.

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Wheel back on any you're done with the fronts.

The rears are a much easier task.

Remove the parcel shelf. Remove the parcel shelf mounts using a 10mm socket on the brass captive nut/washers.

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Remove the rubber domes on the top mounts.....

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You will be greeted with a nut and washer assembly which covers a rubber top mount (these will be fine to re-use unlike the fronts).

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Remove the assembly and lay it out in order of removal (left to right in this case)

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Now at the bottom of the strut is a single long bolt. After spraying heavily with WD40 remove the bolt and be careful as the strut will drop down fron its carrier. Get a fat mate to put some weight on the rear hub assembly so the strut can be lifted up and out of its carrier.

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And thats pretty much it. Again re fitting is the opposite of removal.

Diagram of rear suspension incase you don't know what it looks like

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Last edited by GT'79 on Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:52 am, edited 2 times in total.
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