can't understand the problems others have had as mine were dead simple. clean up the ball joints touch of lithium grease or suchlike and a thump with the heel of your hand or rubber mallet and there on, tip I did was to prop my boot open with an extendable ice scraper I had and replace one side at a time. as posted they are stiffer so might find yourself pulling down so far with the internal handle and then placing your hand on the outside to make sure you shut with enough force to latch as that is where the small spring is being compressed on the last 6 inches or so
yeah it makes a vast difference after a remap to how you feel about a car , haven't done mine as clutch is already protesting in 5th if I rag it but had my old mercedes A200 amg sport done and the difference was like night and day, it was only sitting at 156bhp and after the map only another 12bhp but the difference in torque was amazing . it just pulledHad a bit of a week LOL
First the lights, and now these boot struts, I really hope the company sends me new clips or returns them as no matter what I did the clips refused to go in, but its strange it was just on one side. I cleaned the ball joints so nothing was in the way.
My thumbs feel like they are on fire right now.
Yeah the Map went amazing, really nice guy and spent hours with my car.
. clean up the ball joints touch of lithium grease or suchlike and a thump with the heel of your hand or rubber mallet and there on, tip I did was to prop my boot open with an extendable ice scraper I had and replace one side at a time. as posted they are stiffer so might find yourself pulling down so far with the internal handle and then placing your hand on the outside to make sure you shut with enough force to latch as that is where the small spring is being compressed on the last 6 inches or so@george forbes
I spoke with emerald struts and they are sending me some new pins.
I advised the problems myself and the others are having. One goes on easy but the other one is a nightmare.
She advised to push the ball joint hard into the socket and then put the pin in .
How did you do it so easy, what was your method?
love to be hands on to see where your issue is but Jaunt from sunny Scotland to Wales is a bit too far . I'm sure once the new pins arrive you will be able to take a step back and figure it out .I'm not having problems seating the struts, that's fine. But once they are seated the metal clips will not slid into the holes once the struts are in place.
One pin went in smoothly, but the rest refused to go into that pin hole no matter how much force I used.
I suspect but I could be wrong that the second one even though it seemed to be pushed on fully hadn't passed the inner spring clip so when you tried to insert the pin it was pushing against the ball joint instead of passing the thin neck behind it freely. once pushed on they do need a good thump to pass that inner wire clip. A good test is to make sure they swivel freely on the ball joint before inserting the pin .I am sure you are right.
It was a long day today and maybe was a bit flustered when I installed them.
Its just weird that the one side went on all ok, but when I went to put the pin back into the ball joint they just refused to go back in and I ended up bending the metal pin.
Will wait until the new pins arrive and try again.
Well there’s a few people commenting with the same issues, so there must be something to it!have to disagree with that but that's purely down to my own experience with the product.
These Polish struts are out of stock currently. I had them on my watch list for a while. Did you manage to fit them yet?
Thanks for the offer, I'll wait and see if I can exchange mine.I am selling mine for £40.00 if you can make it to Bridgend SW
They are for a 5dr A3 S3
Brand new, never fitted with extra pins and heads given to me by Emerald
All still in box
I could not be bothered with the Pin System and ordered the ones from Poland, but they are now out of stock, but £68.00
£40.00 is a bargain considering they are £70.00
I just fitted the polish ones today, so so easy to fit.
You do get a bit of resistance but nothing too alarming.
Oh and the polish ones are so much better quality than emerald.
I haven’t seen any negative reviews of the emerald struts or anything about any damage they have caused! You are right though, they do need a VERY firm slam to close the boot.Where do I begin. I recently bought a set for my A3 sportback. They were a pig to fit, the feeble pins are useless & when they finally do go in you need muscles of steel to close the boot lid and unless you want to get filthy hands at this time of year or Mark your paint you have to resort to pressing on to the rear wiper arm or window glass which isn’t ideal.
When the boot lid is closed I found it sat proud at one side, almost like one of the struts was causing a resistance. From the two struts provided it was impossible to get them mixed up as they only fitted either left or right due to the angle of the ball joints.
It did make me wonder how much damage was being done to the actual boot hinge itself and didn’t fancy ending up with twisted boot hinges, which if you read about online there’s a lot of people moaning about exactly this. Just on Instagram and Facebook where they do most of their advertising they seem to be cleansing these channels of all negative posts and reviews.
I emailed them to raise a return and got a rather rude response (attached to this post!). Unless he was standing over my shoulder in spirit form whilst I was fitting them... how the hell would he / could he even begin to suggest I had fitted them wrong. Ball joints were firmly seated, pins in location and boot lid opening and closing (with force).
Perhaps at the end of the day he’s maybe just sick of Audi A3 owners complaining about the same thing!!
I would advise if anyone is returning to them to use a recorded / tracked service otherwise if your parcel goes walkies you won’t get anything. Also they were impossible to get a hold of, and absolute rubbish at replying to support tickets & there are no phone numbers. The actual returns address is actually a freight forwarder, so if you use a cheap company be prepared for returns to be left at a desk in an unoccupied building & for no progress on your return to be communicated.
All in all, waiting for set to turn up from EBay seller, as friend has a set of those ones on his 1 series and they are perfectly fine. No where near the resistance the emerald junkers had & slightly cheaper to buy too!! So a +1 for the polish ones before they have even arrived