Running gear and Brakes
VW Mk.II calipers from June 1979 – modified from February 1984
Hopefully the attached three pages will be of use to you, although they do not show the actual spring rates, only the colour codes.
They were taken from the VAG ‘Workshop Manual – Golf, Jetta, Scirocco – Running Gear’, May 1985 Edition which superseded the March 1979 Edition.
A Bulletin at the back states that on the 16v, the front coil springs are shorter and stiffer, and due to this the front of the car is approximately 10mm lower.
Colour Code either 1 x Grey or 2 x Grey – Part Number 533 411 105.
The shock absorbers on the 16v have a different characteristic and are stiffer -Part Number 533 413 031.
Rear coil springs on the 16v are unchanged.
Colour Code 3 x Yellow – Part Number 531 511 105 A.
The shock absorbers on the 16v have a different characteristic and are stiffer -Part Number 533 513 033.
Thanks to Pete GLi
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This is a guide to changing the brake pads. This was on a Mk2 Scala – with help from Ant it did have vented disks, back to solid now, as vented wore out!
I just acquired some Mitex pads, that have barely been used, so I decided to change, as the others only had about 4mm left.
6mm Allen Key
Wheel nut wrench
1. Loosen the wheel bolts, apply the handbrake and jack up the car.
2. Remove the wheel
Upgrading the Servo and Master Cylinder. Applicable for both Mk1 and Mk2 Scirocco.
Not sure where mine came from, it was bought as new from a show, its got a Passat part number, but it’s unclear which model or year (Its dubious origin came back to bite me later though as it wasn’t an easy fit). You can get them from late mk2 (16v) and mk3 golfs, though these often have 2 outlets instead of 4.
This came from a scrapped mk2 16v golf, it also came with master cylinder (2 oulet only) and an epansion tank that I needed.
This is an increadibly messy job. You’ll need tons of newspaper & rags for soaking up spilt brake fluid, and also a means of storing and disposing of about 1 litre of old brake fluid. If you’re cracking the fuel system on a K-jet engine for access, be prepared for all the mess that involves too (i.e. Rags and newspaper for petrol spills).
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Get in the engine bay and you can dial out some of the play in the pedal linkage by cracking the locknuts on the pushrod and adjusting that (ISTR the offside has reverse thread so just spin the rod to add/remove tension).
All of this will cost you little £s and can seriously transform the feel and performance of the braking setup before you really get serious with changing stuff.
The 256mm conversion gives you the 16v setup (for the Scirocco and Golf) up front and does this using either Audi or Vauxhall parts. The key is finding the correct caliper carriers as they need to be sized to take the Girling 54 caliper (common as muck) yet fit onto the mk1 bearing housing. Some Audis had similar bolt spacing on their front bearing housings:
Audi 80 quattro (83 to 85)
Audi 90 5-cylinder (85 to 87)
Audi Coupe 5-cylinder (85 to 88)
And of course the (genuine) 16v GTX rocco
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