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Reflections on '83 CGT "restoration"
Figured I'd pass the word along that my CGT's now back on the road. I
took the opportunity to do some work to the car when the RF outer CV let go
a few weeks back. Put a new Sachs clutch in to replace the original that
had 190k (and probably could have gone a little longer from the looks of
it). Taking everything apart was the hardest part. I had some trouble
sliding off the tranny, but that was solved by raising the front of the
engine an additional 1/2 inch or so. The plastic T.O. bearing sleeve was
worn in two. I ordered a new one from the local VW dealer (thanks ETKA) and
was very happy to find out the $23 I spent was for a metal sleeve instead of
another plastic one...
Also put in a set of bilsteins to replace the (insert explative here) KYB's
the P.O. had installed just before selling it to me a year ago. H&R's
completed the spring / strut package. The rears were very easy to replace,
maybe took 20 minutes total. New rubber bushings accompanied the shocks at
the top. Hint: Get a 17mm ratcheting box end wrench to take off & install
the top shock nuts in the trunk.
The fronts received the same Bilstein / H&R treatment. Be real careful with
the spring compressors, one popped off on me and made me very happy I had
the safety hooks in place. I removed the control arms, and had a friend of
mine with the right tools pop, no hammer and curse the old bushings out and
press the new ones in. Only charged me $20, not including parts so well
worth it. Also replaced the subframe bushings, these were much easier than
the control arms IMO.
Putting everything back together took about 1/2 the time of disassembling
it. I now have even more respect for the engineers at Audi for putting all
the bolts in fairly easy to get a wrench on locations. With that said,
having the right tools for the job always makes it a heck of a lot easier.
All the parts for the job I bought from GPR, who had the best prices on the
clutch and especially the Bilsteins of anyone else I called.
If you have any specific ?'s about clutches or suspension work on CGT's (or
4k's I guess too) I'd be happy to share more of the experience in detial.
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