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My baby is a 1996 Mk3 2.0 8v Golf GL, I firmly believe she's the best used car I've bought. (My last three used cars were American junk.) These forums are great and I've enjoyed reading several posts.

Anyway, I have two quick questions:
- does anyone know if the Ractive Front Upper Strut Bar is okay ... or is it junk?
- what is the easiest way to fix a driver's seat bolster that has fallen apart from years of use? I don't want to replace the seats and I don't want to dump a ton of money into fixing the seat bolster (if I had a ton of money I would have bought a new Golf.)
 

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Welcome Jerry

As for your questions...
1. Anything Ractive or sold at Circuit City or Auto Zone is crap. Check out the ABD, Eurosport, and neuspeed upper stress bars.

2. 2 words. Duct tape
 

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If you're talking about the ass part of the driver's seat, the door side dropping is common (cheap mexican foam). I bought a replacement pad1st VW Parts.com I got the pad (good strong German foam) about a year ago, and it hasn't dropped yet. I fixed it without removing the seat from the car, by taking the plastic stuff off the side and pulling the cover towards the center of the car.

[ March 16, 2004: Message edited by: das boot ]
 

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I also have just bought a 2.0 8v.

Thinking about a Neuspeed upper front strut brace: how difficult is it to install one of these.

Does it require any drilling / jacking the car up / loosening the existing suspension.

Are there any risks of messing things up and ruining the car / suspension??

I'm looking at buying one from www.awesome-gti.co.uk/neuspeed.html for £78 ($140), but that doesn't include installation, I'm reasoanbly mechanically minded (studied mechanical engineering), but a little uncertain around cars. Don't want to seem a complete idiot if I ask a garage to install it and all it involves is just dropping it onto the existing bolts and tightening a few bolts.

rgds,
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Do you remember what the seat foam was called on that site? I just went to 1st VW Parts.com and I couldn't find the seat foam.


<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by das boot:
If you're talking about the ass part of the driver's seat, the door side dropping is common (cheap mexican foam). I bought a replacement pad1st VW Parts.com I got the pad (good strong German foam) about a year ago, and it hasn't dropped yet. I fixed it without removing the seat from the car, by taking the plastic stuff off the side and pulling the cover towards the center of the car.

[ March 16, 2004: Message edited by: das boot ]
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