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Subframe

Postby Kioun » Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:04 pm

Hi,

My vehicle failed MOT on the subframe and ultimately needs a replacement.
Will a mk4 or mk5 fit into a mk3 at all? Maybe with some adjustments?

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Re: Subframe

Postby Keef » Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:22 pm

Has it failed on just the front subframe horns?
If so they are not too hard to replace if you can find some.
I think Minormatt is breaking a Mk3 SWB now or soon, send him a pm.
I've never done it but if you do go down the MK4/5 subframe route, the Mk3 shocks need modifying at the bottom fixings and you'll need new Track rod ends plus whatever else you come up against.
Good luck :)
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Re: Subframe

Postby Kioun » Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:24 pm

I've not spoken with the garage in depth, but apparently there's holes in it and not a welding job.
Good to know it's not impossible to fit mk4/5 as I already know someone breaking one.

Next question though, is mk3 subframe the same on petrol / diesel models?
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Re: Subframe

Postby Keef » Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:24 pm

There's only one part number for the Mk3 front suspension frame (Cross member assy - front - 11/85 - 8/91 Finnis 6149187 - Part # 86VB 5019 AC) so I assume they're the same.
I've known the front horns to rot and also the wishbones but never the frame itself.
Get under the van with a torch, the garage should have marked the failure points with chalk.
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Re: Subframe

Postby Chug » Wed Jul 21, 2021 8:55 pm

Yes I'm with Keef have a look, and pretty sure they are the same on petrol and diesel and probably wishbones/horns very unlikely to be the main section.
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