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1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Suspension Bump Stops / Dust Covers


1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Suspension Bump Stops / Dust Covers
1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Suspension Bump Stops / Dust Covers

Car: 1991 VW Golf Mk2 1.8 Driver

Colour: Black

The original rear bumpstops on this car had now deteriorated/perished so much due to their age and location that the dust covers they were supporting had now dropped down onto the shock absorbers, and were now traveling up and down with them rather than being in their stationary fixed location above the shocks!

With MOT time looming we had to do something about this. We opted to go for a cheap make do and mend approach! We did this because on ageing cars like this, you never know what else a car may fail its MOT on, and the expense of other such repairs may make the car uneconomical to keep, so any money spent on new bump stops at this stage could well just be wasted.

Anyway by shortening the bump stops, we were able to reuse the old ones!

If you were to replace the standard shocks and springs in a car for sports lowering ones, then cutting part of the length off the bump stops rather than fitting shorter bump stops is not unusual as it is done to allow for a little more travel for the shorter shocks before they hit the bump stops.



1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Suspension Bump Stops / Dust Covers
Having Jacked up and supported the car on axle stands, we removed some of the trim inside the car too, to reveal the rear suspension strut locations, so that we would be able to undo the rear shock absorbers.

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Suspension Bump Stops / Dust Covers
With the cap removed. If you undo the nut here the shock absorber leg will usually drop down into the shock absorber! You may need spring compressors to be able to lift the suspension back up in order to re-fit this nut!

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Suspension Bump Stops / Dust Covers
Spring compressors had been fitted on the springs and the nut had been removed.

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Suspension Bump Stops / Dust Covers
Although the bump stop/dust cover was not photo'd here prior to its removal here, the dust cover had been sat loosely on the shock absorber, rather than being fixed at the top to the bump stop where it should have been.

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Suspension Bump Stops / Dust Covers
Here is one of the perished bump stops, no wonder the dust covers had dropped off them!

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Suspension Bump Stops / Dust Covers
With both sides removed from the car, the worst bit from each of the bumpstops was removed, this would just shorten the bump stops, meaning that the cars suspension would have a little more travel before it hits the bump stops.
This also meant that if it did hit the bump stops, then, if and then when, it went on to 'bottom-out' then it would 'bottom-out' a little bit harder than before! Bottoming out a car suspension under normal driving, is quite rare, so this is not really something to worry about.

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Suspension Bump Stops / Dust Covers
The shortened bumpstops were simply siliconed onto the dust covers.

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Suspension Bump Stops / Dust Covers
They were given time to set before they were refitted to the car.

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Suspension Bump Stops / Dust Covers
Without the bumpstops and dust covers the rear suspension looks like this.

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Suspension Bump Stops / Dust Covers
Here is the suspension with the bump stop and dust cover back in place.

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Suspension Bump Stops / Dust Covers
With the axle stands and jacks removed, the exposed bit of the suspension leg is now covered by the dust cover once more.




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