top mount strengthening

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top mount strengthening

Post by james butler » Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:49 pm

i had a go at this before and it seems to work albeit i put softer suspension on my motor which may be why the new set lasted so long.
but in the gaps under new top mounts if you fill the gap with tiger seal it will give more support and prolong the life of the mount and stop them raising up and knocking, you can do the same with engine mounts by filling in the gaps with tiger seal to make solid rubber mounts.
still haven't worked out how to upload pics but heres a link to another site someone else has already done it
https://vwgolfmk1.org.uk/forum/index.ph ... ension-top


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Re: top mount strengthening

Post by james butler » Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:51 pm

this is especially important if your running coil overs and other non standard suspension.
original rocco suspension is quite soft absorbing most of the bumps from the road, stiffer suspension sends that shock straight into the mounts which is why the fail so quickly.


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Re: top mount strengthening

Post by mark1gls » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:38 am

Well worth doing as I’ve tried it and it’s seemed to help with life span of my top mounts.

I’ve not had any problems with studs coming loose so have not bothered welding them onto the top mounts as Briano1234 suggests...


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Re: top mount strengthening

Post by james butler » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:29 am

like wise ive not had the studs come loose esp as when theyre tightened down they cant really go anywhere anyway.
i also cut out a sheet of rubber and put it between the top mount and inner flitch mount to help give a bit more cushioning


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Re: top mount strengthening

Post by mark1gls » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:48 am

I think Briano1234 had a problem removing the top mount from the car as 1 of the studs came lose in it's fixing and was just spinning around when he came to undo the nut...

like the idea about an extra bit of rubber between the mount and car. :-D


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