Parts: Belatedly Discovered Junk

Moderators: Amskeptic, Sluggo

User avatar
spiffy
IAC Addict!
Location: Walla Walla, WA
Status: Offline

Parts: Belatedly Discovered Junk

Post by spiffy » Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:04 pm

I am adding these to Spiffy's post to keep them at the top. Feel free to contribute and I'll add to the list.

Thanks,
Sluggo


Junk: Belated; Discovered, 07/04, boots from Bug Haus lasted three weeks before splitting.

The Brazilian Tie Rods were rusty a week after installation. The boot was split when I looked at them before giving the bus away.
78 Riviera "Spiffy"
67 Riviera "Bill"

User avatar
Amskeptic
IAC "Help Desk"
IAC "Help Desk"
Status: Offline

Re: Steering-Belatedly Discovered Junk

Post by Amskeptic » Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:04 am

spiffy wrote:Colin???? Howsabout them tie rods?
Could you be more specific? Here's my tie rod file.
06/04 Replaced original tie rods for no good reason
junk: belated; discovered, 07/04, boots from Bug Haus lasted three weeks before splitting.
solution: replacement boots installed in a WalMart parking lot 08/04
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

User avatar
Amskeptic
IAC "Help Desk"
IAC "Help Desk"
Status: Offline

Re: Steering-Belatedly Discovered Junk

Post by Amskeptic » Sun Sep 24, 2006 9:40 am

I used a twist the thin screwdriver in a corkscrew motion to get the retainer rings off and on. Caution. . . do not puncture boot :pale:
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

User avatar
DurocShark
IAC Addict!
Location: A Mickey Mouse Town
Contact:
Status: Offline

Post by DurocShark » Sat Sep 30, 2006 4:59 pm

For my 73 I ordered both tie rods from BD. The adjustable side was German, the static side was Brazilian.

When I gave the 73 away early this year, the German one still looked beautiful. Boot looked like new (after wiping the crud off) and the rod showed no signs of rust.

The Brazilian one, however, was rusty a week after installation. The boot was split when I looked at them before giving the bus away. (I was deciding whether to pull them off or not).

User avatar
sped372
IAC Addict!
Location: Waunakee, WI
Status: Offline

Post by sped372 » Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:39 am

Not sure if this should be here or somewhere else, but anyway...

Bought a center tie rod for the beetle (1303) and within a few months the balljoints on it were binding up and making the steering very tight. Replaced it with another from a different vendor and had the same issue again within a few months. They appeared to be from different manufacturers.

Anyway, the solution turned out to be drilling and tapping each joint and adding a grease fitting. Pumped some lube into each one and the problem hasn't come back.

Like I said, not sure if this should go under 'junk' or maybe 'junk-and-solution' but thought I'd drop somewhere it anyway.
1971 Karmann Ghia - 1600 DP
1984 Westfalia - 1.9 WBX

NWbuspilot
Getting Hooked!
Location: Monmouth, Oregon
Status: Offline

Post by NWbuspilot » Wed Jun 27, 2007 12:33 am

Here's some junk:

NAPA Shocks

I figured for $13 they were at least worth a try, and would be in better shape than my OG 1976 shock absorbers. Granted they were in better shape out of the box, but it took me all of 4 days to blow them out.

User avatar
Amskeptic
IAC "Help Desk"
IAC "Help Desk"
Status: Offline

Post by Amskeptic » Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:38 am

Look out for Chinese-manufactured light truck tires. Their fabric is crap and tread separations are a real and dangerous possibility. U.S. brands selling this abysmal crap include Cooper.
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

User avatar
vwlover77
IAC Addict!
Location: North Canton, Ohio
Status: Offline

Post by vwlover77 » Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:25 am

Brand names: Westlake, Telluride, Compass and YKS

http://www.reuters.com/article/domestic ... SS&sp=true
Don

---------------------------
78 Westy
71 Super Beetle Convertible Autostick

"When we let our compassion go, we let go of whatever claim we have to the divine." - Bruce Springsteen

User avatar
iwantmybustorun
Addicted!
Location: Coventry, CT
Status: Offline

Post by iwantmybustorun » Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:02 pm

Amskeptic wrote:Look out for Chinese-manufactured light truck tires. Their fabric is crap and tread separations are a real and dangerous possibility. U.S. brands selling this abysmal crap include Cooper.
Colin
Are you refering to all Cooper tires? I just ordered Cooper SRM II's. They are 8 ply and appropriately rated. Have you heard of troubled accounts of this tire?
73 Westy
1700
Weber single progressive
[Crane ignition system out]
SVDA and points

User avatar
Amskeptic
IAC "Help Desk"
IAC "Help Desk"
Status: Offline

Post by Amskeptic » Fri Jun 29, 2007 6:19 am

iwantmybustorun wrote:
Are you referring to all Cooper tires? I just ordered Cooper SRM II's. They are 8 ply and appropriately rated. Have you heard of troubled accounts of this tire?
No, turns out they were from an earlier recall-that-wasn't.
I expect to be getting a Defamation Desist Order from Zhaing Chi Tzhou, Esq.
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

User avatar
Amskeptic
IAC "Help Desk"
IAC "Help Desk"
Status: Offline

Post by Amskeptic » Sun Jul 08, 2007 6:09 pm

Meyle Center Pin Bushing Kit

cheep plastic dust boot
loose pin fit inside of the brand new bushings

will let you know about the Febi. . .
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

User avatar
spiffy
IAC Addict!
Location: Walla Walla, WA
Status: Offline

Post by spiffy » Tue May 20, 2008 12:00 pm

CIP1 draglink for a split bus (67 in my case).

The boots have cracked and are only one month old. CIP wants to send me new boots, I say I shouldn't have to futz with a brand new part. Will go with Wolfsburg West next time, which will be very soon as CIP is going to get their part back.
78 Riviera "Spiffy"
67 Riviera "Bill"

User avatar
hambone
Post-Industrial Non-Secular Mennonite
Location: Portland, Ore.
Status: Offline

Post by hambone » Wed May 21, 2008 9:27 am

CIP1 is starting to concern me....I question the quality of some of their parts. Not sure if I'd go back to them again.
http://greencascadia.blogspot.com
http://pdxvolksfolks.blogspot.com
it balances on your head just like a mattress balances on a bottle of wine
your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat

User avatar
DjEep
IAC Addict!
Location: Nowhere, Fast
Status: Offline

Re: Parts: Belatedly Discovered Junk

Post by DjEep » Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:28 pm

Oy! I thought Meyle was junk.... Just checked and found that the Febi lower ball joints we put in our good buddy's Vanagon have about 7mm of play after 4 months!!! :cussing:
"Live life, love life. Enjoy the pleasures and the sorrows. For it is the bleak valleys, the dark corners that make the peaks all the more magnificent. And once you realize that, you begin to see the beauty hidden within those valleys, and learn to love the climb." - Anonymous

Do you want to Survive? Or do you want to LIVE?

User avatar
Amskeptic
IAC "Help Desk"
IAC "Help Desk"
Status: Offline

Re: Parts: Belatedly Discovered Junk

Post by Amskeptic » Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:41 pm

DjEep wrote:Oy! I thought Meyle was junk.... Just checked and found that the Febi lower ball joints we put in our good buddy's Vanagon have about 7mm of play after 4 months!!! :cussing:
And I was amazed to find perfect free rotation and no play at all in 1970 oem ball joints with torn boots three weeks ago. Friggen perfect. Put on some new boots . . . we shall see. DjEep, I strongly suggest a zerk fitting install on any torsion car suspension you happen across, it really works to make the ball joints last.
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

Post Reply