Is it the 90bhp model? If it is then there is 256x20mm discs on the front that can be upgraded to G60 280mm discs by getting calipers and carriers from a G60 mk2 Golf or Corrado to bolt to your own hubs, 8valver pinned a "how to" tread in the performance upgrade section of the forum.
As for the rear end, try and get your hands on a mk2 Golf Gti rear axle, I think a 16v or G60 Corrado one will do too.
Suppose it's not that big a job, you don't have to change the whole axle to change from drums to discs, just the stub axles and brake lines but if he thinks the axle is damaged then it might be just as easy to change the whole thing over from a mk2 gti, which will also have an anti roll bar in it that the mk3 doesn't have.
thanks lads time to search for parts now.anti roll bar at the rear sounds good might help the heart stopping sidways action wen you least expet it.as mark says i think it has a bent rear axle the car seams to have a little bounce in it that can be felt at low speeds i have tryed time and again to get the 4wheel alignment done and not much difference one guy told me it was a bent rear axle. i have had 3 sets of wheels on the car 14in 15in and 17in and its still as bad.
my car is a late 97 tdi 90 bhp will i need to change my hubs to or will they bolt on.i see i have been slow on the brakes for sale but if anyone knoes of front brakes pref g60, 16v will do and also the rear beam and calipers i would be interested in buyin them.pics coming soon mark.
Don't buy 16v front brakes because you already have the same setup on your own car (256x20mm). Get G60 ones, you won't have to change the front hubs as G60 carriers will bolt straight onto them, all you need are the carriers and calipers to accomodate the new 280mm discs.
I thought they would be vented cause I bought a set of hubs, carriers etc from a 90bhp Cordoba a few weeks ago and they had 256x20mm discs. The Golf must be different so eventhough it's 90bhp aswell, the Cordoba was LHD but I wouldn't imagine the LHD ones would be different, maybe I'm wrong...
B3 Passats have the 16v type hubs but only have solid discs which seem to be 256mm, this could be the same type setup as the Golf.
Reckon you dont need to go near the front end at all. Its the drums on the rear that's causing the problem.
I had the same problem with my 97 MK3 GL TDI. Mine had the vented front discs so all I done was fit the standard MKII gti stub axels and calipers on the rear. I fitted the full braided hose set while I was at it but you dont have to do this. The single most important thing you will have to do is change your brake bias valve. The one for a disc brake setup is different to that for drums and no matter how you adjust the drum one it simply wont work and your pedal will feel worse than when you started. You'll also need a set of handbrake cables not sure which ones i used.
thanks for all you great advice lads.I got myself a 16v set up for the front thanks to glenn.I am now on the lookout for rear stub axels as mycroft says the rear does seem to be a problom i am also getting a small kind of bounce in the car.Its only noticable at low speed(5-20mph) and also the rear end tends to step out and does not feel confident in cornors.
JMS the car has got vented discs but think the 16v set up will be a nice change.With braided lines and back gti stub axels should sort things out.
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