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Hi sandmangti, I have been reading your thread specially the bearing spring mount issue.
Recently I lowered a almost brand new gti mk7.5 with new bearings, after a week the car developed a clicking sound while turning the steering wheel.
I have read a lot of threads about this issue on this forum.
Everyone points at the bearings but Im taking other approach, I think the problem is that when the car is lowered the springs don't sit properly on the bearing and the load on the spring is not evenly distributed. This cause that the spring at first don't move the bearing when turning the steering then it corrects itself making a click sound.
This video explain it better.
The initial steering turning stress the mount cause the bearing is not moving, that's why the mount brakes in the long run.
The washer on the 034 mounts help to avoid this issue but still I think there is too much stress to the mount and the bearing.
I'm thinking maybe a thrust washer between the bearing and the springs would solve the issue .
Like the one swift sales for their coilovers.
Edit: sorry for my English I'm not native speaker
I have seen similar roller bearings and felt a 3D printed solid bearing replacement adjusted to allow room for bearing would be interesting to try. The VW Audi suspension works well for driving but I do not like it’s long time wear, even stock. Thanks for posting her so I can reference. Please share part info and details if you try it.
Something like this.
Maybe in addition with OE bearing.