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Old 02-07-2016, 01:51 AM   #11 (permalink)
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If you are getting a popping sound during a sharp turn then you likely have a torn CV boot and the CV joint is full of water, dirt and other junk that should not be in there with those bearings.
Thanks for the input! I will check it out tomorrow. I noticed after swapping wheels that it stopped doing it. I am leaning more towards the struts being loose on top because the symptoms went away after reseating them. I did replace the CV axle at 2 in the morning on the side of the highway coming back from the coast not too long ago so it is possible that something wasn't done correctly or something has since been damaged. I'll give it a good inspection tomorrow and report back.

Things to do tomorrow: Clean car, remove clothes - fuel can - fishing gear - car parts - etc from the back. Then I get to lower the front 3 inches and the rear two inches. Then it is time for an alignment and a new set of shoes. I might go to the junkyard and buy two sets of tires with different diameters to test out how smaller wheels vs stock vs the larger wheels I just removed impact the fuel economy.

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Old 02-08-2016, 10:18 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Loose struts or shocks bang around a lot worse.
To hear a CV starting to go bad the window needs to be down to hear it and you have to be turning for it to happen at all.
With a loose shock or strut or bushing you will feel it and it will usually happen when going over bumps while driving straight or turning.
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Old 02-08-2016, 11:12 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Loose struts or shocks bang around a lot worse.
To hear a CV starting to go bad the window needs to be down to hear it and you have to be turning for it to happen at all.
With a loose shock or strut or bushing you will feel it and it will usually happen when going over bumps while driving straight or turning.
My symptoms are Shifting suspension at full lock with a noise and when going fast the car will make a noise and jerk to the side I hit a bump on, such as a manhole cover. Although it does both things less now that stock tires are back on. Not sure why the tires would make a difference.

I tried to install coilover springs yesterday but didn't have the 21mm socket that was required. Now that I am home, I will have access to more tools so the car is going low today! 2" in the rear and 3" in the front!
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Alright, got the Golf lowered on new coil springs. The rear was lowered 3 inches and the front was lowered two inches. A little bouncy but should be a little better for aerodynamics. New tires and an alignment this week. Going to start figuring out the belly pan and some rear wheel covers.
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2" in the rear and 3" in the front!
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The rear was lowered 3 inches and the front was lowered two inches.
Well which one is it?
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2.5.5" in the rear and 2.5.5" in the front!
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Old 02-09-2016, 11:53 AM   #17 (permalink)
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You guys are great! 2" front, 3" rear :P

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