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Am running Bilstein shocks on my 83 GTI, also with Eibach Springs, more than happy with the ride quality but have some niggles. I would guess the bushes are worn as on very bumpy roads at slow speed I get a knocking from the NSF suspension, if not bushes any ideas? Passes MOT fine, I've been underneath and given it all a good check, suspect it needs to be under load though.

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A lowered ride and new springs makes for a stiffer and bumpier than OEM ride IMHSBO (In My Humble Sore Backs Opinion).  :)  

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What are your top mounts like?
Is there a big gap between the rubber and metal top?

Worn top mount can cause a knocking noise when on rough roads.

1988 Mk1 Golf GTi Cabriolet 1.8cc DX, K-jet. Daily drive. 300,000 miles and counting
1978 Mk1 Scirocco GLS 1.6cc FR, Webber carb. Weekend toy.

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Top mounts ll good, car was rebuilt around 5 years ago although I suspect the bushes were overlooked…

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Briano1234 said

A lowered ride and new springs makes for a stiffer and bumpier than OEM ride IMHSBO (In My Humble Sore Backs Opinion).  :)  

Yeah I agree, not my daily driver though so I am happy with over the original set up

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seanlikesfood said

Top mounts ll good, car was rebuilt around 5 years ago although I suspect the bushes were overlooked…


I've had top mounts collapse over a short amount of time and not many miles. I find they last about 5 years before needed changing but my car is a daily drive

Have you looked at the gap?

Have a look at this link to see what to look for.

View topic: Front suspension top mounts - The Mk1 Golf Owners Club

Who ever changed over the suspension did they fit shorter bump stops or kept the original ones?

1988 Mk1 Golf GTi Cabriolet 1.8cc DX, K-jet. Daily drive. 300,000 miles and counting
1978 Mk1 Scirocco GLS 1.6cc FR, Webber carb. Weekend toy.

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To beef the mount up to make them last a tad bit longer you can use a O-ring off an Audi and insert them on the under side of the mount.

You can use 3m Window Weld under the lip as well.

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The other thing you can do is to tack weld the studs on the mount from under neath, I had a new one spin loose
as I was installing it, which made for a tricky issue.

What do Divorces, Great Coffee, and Car Electrics all have in common?

They all start with GOOD Grounds.

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