Tuesday 28 November 2017

Loud exhaust on VW Golf MK2 16V GTI

A friend bought a 1987 Golf GTI 16V and has fitted a twin pipe exhaust but has found it a bit too loud for his neighbourhood when he starts early shifts at 4am!

Sunday 20 November 2016

G250XAN Spotted on YouTube!

While looking for some info about MK2 Golfs I found a video taken some time after I sold it. G250XAN was spotted on the road by a driver with dashcam. Looks like the Golf GTI 16V is still running well!

Tuesday 2 June 2015

VW Golf G250xan Respray update

Dropped the car off last week for respray to front end to fix scratches on bonnet and stone chips to wings.
I had to remove the front wing trims so they could paint them properly. Once they were removed I was very pleasantly surprised to see how good condition the wings were in. There was a small amount of rust under the wheel arch trims but nothing significant and certainly nowhere near as bad as many other examples I've seen.
Went to collect car last night and unfortunately it wasn't quite ready but I got to see it masked up in the spray booth all ready to go.
Now looking forward to seeing the finished result!
Update -
Now got the car back and the paint finish is excellent. They've done a great job blending in the colour to the original. The bonnet and front wings are both now a very good gloss and without the stone chips and scratch that was on the bonnet.

Wednesday 20 May 2015

Golf 16V G250XAN Update One Year On

It's now nearly 12 months since I bought my Golf GTI 16V registration G250XAN so it seems like time for an update one year on.

The car came in fairly good working order but with a few MOT advisories and interior that needed some work.

So I've replaced the driver's seat, fixed all the advisories and more, had GTI racing specialist setup the KJet injection and most recently fitted refurbished BBS alloys to the car with new Dunlop BluResponse tyres.

Interior shot showing new seats  G250XAN
Interior shot showing new seats

With the new BBS alloys

With original Montreal Bottle top alloys

G250XAN in 2015

Tuesday 12 May 2015

Dunlop BluResponse Tyres Review 195/50R15

I needed to get a full set of new tyres for the BBS alloys that I've bought for my MK2 Golf GTI 16V.

The best value branded tyres seemed to be Dunlop BluResponse in size 195/50R15 which I managed to find for the all-in price of £50 per wheel. That included fitting, valve and balancing but the garage didnt need to remove wheels from car or dispose of old tyres as the rims were bare.

Dunlop BluResponse Tyres Review 195/50R15
Dunlop BluResponse Tyres Review 195/50R15

Dunlop BluResponse Tyres Review 195/50R15
The tyres fill the arches perfectly and the BBS alloys really set off the look of the car compared to the original bottle top alloy wheels.

Monday 11 May 2015

Fitting Replacement VW Golf Mk2 Radiator Mounting

When I bought my Mk2 Golf GTI 16V the radiator was held in place on one side with a cable tie. One of the jobs on my list was to replace this with the correct radiator mount VW part but despite placing an order with the local dealer they found the part had been discontinued.

VW Golf Mk2 Radiator Mount - with cable tie!
 Fortunately I had the other original radiator mount still in position so I was able to use this to see how it should be attached.
VW Golf Mk2 Radiator Mount
VW Golf Mk2 Radiator Mount
Although the radiator mount itself was no longer available new I managed to find a refurbished one on Ebay. I also located some 1 1/4" rubber tap washers that were the perfect size to use as the cushion for the mount.

Now the correct mounts are fitted to the radiator there are no cable ties left holding parts together under the bonnet!

Saturday 2 May 2015

VW Golf Broken Front Engine Mount Replacement

For a while I've found that there has been a jerky movement when changing gear associated a slight clunking noise at the same time. On investigation we found that the front engine mount was giving a lot of play and movement thus causing the noise when changing gear.

The engine mount is a cheap part to replace, mine cost under £20 delivered from my usual parts supplier, B&B Components and is an easy item to fit too.

VW Golf Broken Front Engine Mount Replacement
VW Golf Broken Front Engine Mount Replacement

VW Golf front engine mount from above

VW Golf Front engine mount from below with 1 bolt removed
There are 3 bolts to remove in order to replace the front engine mount, 2 are underneath the engine mount and the third is on the top visible inside the engine bay.

Jack the car up to be able to access the front bolts and release them. The use a jack underneath the gearbox housing to lift the engine clear of the bolt on the top of the engine mount. Don't use the sump to jack as it can get damaged. Remove the old mount and fit the new one retightening all the bolts once done.

Once removed it was obvious what the problem was with the old mount as the top bolt had broken from the rubber surround of the mount and was leaking fluid as these mounts use water damping.

New engine mount ready to fit

First bolt removed from under engine mount

Old engine mount removed
Engine mount leaking where top bolt broken away from rubber

New engine mount fitted to car
New engine mount fitted to car

New engine mount fitted to car