Shock absorber bleeding to death as I write, so sad!

Rbade12 at Rbade12 at
Sat Nov 19 16:43:34 EST 2005

My left front shock absorber on my 91 200q20v has given it's life for my  
riding comfort and safety. A moment of silence. Thank you! Of note is the  fact 
that I just returned from a 2000 mile trip. It would have SUCKED to have  this 
failure in the middle of bumf... South Dakota. Can hear it now at the local  
mechanic, " That one of them Kraut cars boy?, ain't never seen one of them  
So, the obvious list of questions arise.
I will replace shocks, springs, bellows, etc., basically anything with  a 
limited life related to this part of the car. I'm asking you guys  what brand of 
items I should purchase. I wouldn't mind lowering a bit with  springs that do 
so. I wouldn't mind tightening the ride a bit. Are there special  tools I'll 
be neeeding [I've done shocks on MacPherson struts before and have  spring 
compressors...good ones...and I'll be really careful while I use  them]?
The last major job I did, the timing belt, I was led to the mother lode of  
help at Quattro123 .com by the Avant Boys. Does anything comparable exist for  
this job?
As always, your help is very much appreciated!

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