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Good news there Rob on a pass again.
The 034 situation is exactly what I was experiencing, every year it was getting harder to get through emissions, in the end it just wouldn't get low enough so I took it off.
I think it's just the way 034 cat go over time, the core just deteriorates over time to the point it won't pass.
I doubt you get through next year Rob , maybe time to think ahead for a replacement solution.

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I agree Rob, as we well no the 034 cat is rubbish for emissions, and gets worst every year.
I would have failed the test last March if not for a friendly garage guy.
Might have to fit the OEM cat back like you did.
 

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I agree Rob, as we well no the 034 cat is rubbish for emissions, and gets worst every year.
I would have failed the test last March if not for a friendly garage guy.
Might have to fit the OEM cat back like you did.
Evening Richard,
I've still not found another alternative to be honest, all the current HFC on the market look to be a risk on a road car at MOT time, well audi's seem more prone to than other brands.
I haven't given up just yet though, just not found a user friendly HFC option .
 

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I've pulled the trigger on new front and rear suspension today.
The current Bilstein B8's with H&R springs have been faultless and still work perfectly , i just want to mess around with rear ride heights a bit more so going to coilovers.
I had a B14 kit sitting in the garage for a while unused , decided last week to sell it on and managed to get my original outlay back, which was handy , well they were new so no reason to let them go for less.
I still wanted to try something else and decided to go with a KW Variant 2 coilover kit for a change.
Having never tried KW before but all the reviews have been excellent I'm hoping they will be as good as the Bilsteins.
just need to wait for them now, that will probably take months....:shrug:, still something to look forward to.:yes:
I have the KW on my car for 3 years now, I personally love the handling although they are a bit rough.

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Good news there Rob on a pass again.
The 034 situation is exactly what I was experiencing, every year it was getting harder to get through emissions, in the end it just wouldn't get low enough so I took it off.
I think it's just the way 034 cat go over time, the core just deteriorates over time to the point it won't pass.
I doubt you get through next year Rob , maybe time to think ahead for a replacement solution.

Rob
Can we assume that the 034 products are a bit rubbish?! I had a 034 transmission mount that failed miserably just a bit after a year!!
Saying that I still ordered the 034 engine mounts as I couldn't find anything else liquid free. Fingers crossed!

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It's a good product just has poor life span, but then they do state not for highway use which pretywell covers them for any road going test failures.
 

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Sorted the old EML.
Fault code P3103, intake manifold flap intermittent low voltage.
Purchased a second hand genuine valve, and cleaned the gear housing. Pretty oiled up somehow considering there's a gasket around the cover.
Must enter through the flap spindle. Lubed the gears and fitted.
Took my old one apart, even more oil inside, plus a broken gear. Relived that was the issue. Hopefully it shouldn't get too much oily muck in now as I have no EGR valve.
 

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Can we assume that the 034 products are a bit rubbish?! I had a 034 transmission mount that failed miserably just a bit after a year!!
Saying that I still ordered the 034 engine mounts as I couldn't find anything else liquid free. Fingers crossed!

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How do you find the 034 mounts? I still need to buy some replacement mounts and didn't realise theat there was liquid free alternatives out there, and £102 there not much more that a pair of oem style replacements
 

Donfero

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How do you find the 034 mounts? I still need to buy some replacement mounts and didn't realise theat there was liquid free alternatives out there, and £102 there not much more that a pair of oem style replacements
Fell in love with them, to be honest the engine is planted, and no noticable vibration! Get the Street Density they are awesome. How much they will live though is still under debate..

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That's going to be a long list now Alex.:yes:
 

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Not too bad Alex, at least it is less than 10 items so far. :thumbs up:

I was hoping the KW coilovers ordered 10 days ago would be hear sooner than later, had an email yesterday with a provisional time frame of 10-12 weeks...:sob:
 

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Finally managed to order another set of rear discs for my still to be finalised rear upgrade.
Mtec seems to be the best source at the moment.
went with these 310's .

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Just need a few other bits before i whack it all on wth the uprated calipers.
 

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Had a bit of a turn up for the books today.
My KW coil overs were out for delivery and only 9 weeks early....great stuff
I had an email from parcel force to say they were delivering them today, that's just over 2 weeks since I ordered them so very happy, the only downside to it all was that parcel force made a complete and utter hash of delivering them or maybe that should have been didn't deliver them...
Anyway, after a heated discussion with them I lost my patients and just went to my local depot at 4.30 to recover them, parcel force really are utterly useless 99.9% of the time.

currently in the TT boot but hoping to get them on this weekend , I've ordered a new pair of top mounts aswell for the front.
At least one good thing has happened for me this week. :yahoo:
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Donfero

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Had a bit of a turn up for the books today.
My KW coil overs were out for delivery and only 9 weeks early....great stuff
I had an email from parcel force to say they were delivering them today, that's just over 2 weeks since I ordered them so very happy, the only downside to it all was that parcel force made a complete and utter hash of delivering them or maybe that should have been didn't deliver them...
Anyway, after a heated discussion with them I lost my patients and just went to my local depot at 4.30 to recover them, parcel force really are utterly useless 99.9% of the time.

currently in the TT boot but hoping to get them on this weekend , I've ordered a new pair of top mounts aswell for the front.
At least one good thing has happened for me this week. :yahoo: View attachment 244739
You haven't unboxed them yet?? I would have unboxed them and sat them in the living room so I can keep looking at them!!

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Lol, I still haven't got over the shock of them getting here so much faster than quoted. :yahoo:
 

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They look way too nice to fit under a mucky wheel arch
 

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Lol, I never even though of that pun when i replied......I was still in shock from the quick delivery from germany.
 

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just waiting on the new front top mount bushes from carparts4less...only marginally better service than from there other company Euro idiots.
 

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Its been a little while since i pulled all the suspension off my old bus so I'm just having a quick refresher course.. :yes:
I've done it 4 times to date on my old bus but being a bit of an oldie these days the memory is starting to fail..Lol

Anyway, this has to be one of the best vids and methods to do the job, I used it the first time around and every time since, all went just fine.:yahoo:
whether it's coil overs or fixed spring make little difference, the method is the same. :yes:
 

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I couldn't resist a quick look in the box, having never tried KW brand before I wasn't sure what to expect to be honest, I've always been a Bilstein preferred component person until now.
At first glance they look very good quality and dare I say build quality looks better than the Bilstien's, welds are way better to start with, hopefully they will be as good performance-wise. :yahoo:
 

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Well today i have broke my car.
went to accelerate up a slip road and heard a weird sound so pulled over.
not sure what's wrong as it was getting dark, but my car has no power/boost and it sounds like it has no exhaust on it, plus the coil light was flashing. :wtf:
i'm hoping its something cheap and simple, but knowing my luck it'll be expensive.
yay for me :rage:
 

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Thats not good news at all chap.
possibly turbo related.
 

Donfero

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Well today i have broke my car.
went to accelerate up a slip road and heard a weird sound so pulled over.
not sure what's wrong as it was getting dark, but my car has no power/boost and it sounds like it has no exhaust on it, plus the coil light was flashing. :wtf:
i'm hoping its something cheap and simple, but knowing my luck it'll be expensive.
yay for me :rage:
Probably a turbo pipe

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I couldn't resist a quick look in the box, having never tried KW brand before I wasn't sure what to expect to be honest, I've always been a Bilstein preferred component person until now.
At first glance they look very good quality and dare I say build quality looks better than the Bilstien's, welds are way better to start with, hopefully they will be as good performance-wise. :yahoo:
Howabout some pics of the new shiny bitties Rob?
 

Fully

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yeah it didn't feel good either Rob.
That's what i'm hoping Donfero as i'm guessing it'll be the cheaper problem to sort.
i'm from the north so i'm used to the rain but its starting to feel like a constant downpour :tearsofjoy:
 

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Well, it would appear my initial excitement was premature .
I was looking at them today and they didn't look quite right, I was sure my order was for variant 2 coilovers , these are Variant 1 and the part number confirms.
I've checked back at my invoice and I did order and pay for Variant 2's.

So that's a pain to put it mildly.
I could send them back and wait for replacements but knowing my luck that would then take months, or I could just contact the retailer and get a refund of the difference and keep them, it's the OZ wheel mess up all over again... :sob:
Why can't sellers get it right first time round....arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh, it would save so much end-user hassle etc.
Do I need Variant 2, probably not in all honesty but that is not the point, I might just keep them and use the cashback for something else.
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Hi Rob - they look quite similar (though prettier) to the JOM set I fitted a couple of years ago. But now I am getting an annoying rattle from the front end that I can't locate - none of the bushes seem loose or damaged but almost every bump I hit, small or large, makes the alarming 'Knackered' rattle. Very frustrating. I recently actually raised the front about 10mm as I couldn't get over speed bumps anymore....... :sadlike:

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boffin486

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Hello again Rob, errrrrrrrrr..... might sound daft but are the small springs (just above purple adjusting ring) actually springs or just packing pieces?
 

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No, they are springs, I'm no expert on coilovers but I think the idea of having two springs is that one controls the ride height more effectively than just compressing the main spring, make sense if you think about it.
 

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Hi Rob - they look quite similar (though prettier) to the JOM set I fitted a couple of years ago. But now I am getting an annoying rattle from the front end that I can't locate - none of the bushes seem loose or damaged but almost every bump I hit, small or large, makes the alarming 'Knackered' rattle. Very frustrating. I recently actually raised the front about 10mm as I couldn't get over speed bumps anymore....... :sadlike:

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Bobbytea

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They’re helper springs aren’t they? For small bump control, they take the initial hit before the big boy has to get involved. Creates a more controlled ride as you have two different spring rates which will act at different speeds/forces.

Often OEM springs will have a section of the coil closer together and then spaced far apart in the overall length to create a similar effect.

Springs really are wonderful things


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They’re helper springs aren’t they? For small bump control, they take the initial hit before the big boy has to get involved. Creates a more controlled ride as you have two different spring rates which will act at different speeds/forces.

Often OEM springs will have a section of the coil closer together and then spaced far apart in the overall length to create a similar effect.

Springs really are wonderful things


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Yes , that's the word i was thinking.
spot on explanation chap, i bow to superior knowledge....:icon thumright:
 

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I learn something new everyday.
 

Donfero

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Well, it would appear my initial excitement was premature .
I was looking at them today and they didn't look quite right, I was sure my order was for variant 2 coilovers , these are Variant 1 and the part number confirms.
I've checked back at my invoice and I did order and pay for Variant 2's.

So that's a pain to put it mildly.
I could send them back and wait for replacements but knowing my luck that would then take months, or I could just contact the retailer and get a refund of the difference and keep them, it's the OZ wheel mess up all over again... :sob:
Why can't sellers get it right first time round....arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh, it would save so much end-user hassle etc.
Do I need Variant 2, probably not in all honesty but that is not the point, I might just keep them and use the cashback for something else. View attachment 244802
I have the same shocks, but how come i dont have the small springs?? Im jealous!!

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I'd give you mine but I think I may need them.
 

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I've just had a quick read up on helper springs and there seem to be several purposes for them.
 

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As long as they do the job I'm more than happy . :yes:
 
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