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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old November 15th, 2018, 07:41   #1
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Default Sway bar size, 21 or 23 mm?

Hi,

I'm looking to order some sway bar bushings from IDParts and they have a few different options. Would anyone be able to tell me what size sway bar I would have on my 2000 Beetle? They give options of 21 mm or 23 mm.

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Old November 15th, 2018, 09:20   #2
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An open end wrench makes a good measuring tool for the sway bar.
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Old November 15th, 2018, 09:33   #3
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Yep, that is what I use too.
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Old November 15th, 2018, 10:23   #4
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You really must measure.


Also, if you're in the rust belt, you may have to account for some rust scale.


Also, even with the correct size you'll think they are wrong when you go to replace them. I just did them on my son's 2000 Jetta (21 mm BTW).


Make sure you have the correct brackets as well. The newer bushings won't work with the old (flat) brackets.
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Old November 16th, 2018, 10:57   #5
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Thanks for the input. I called the dealership in Omaha and gave them the VIN and they told me they're 23 mm, so that's what I ordered. Fully planning on things not working-out, so if by chance they do, well, maybe I'll build myself a cake or something to celebrate.
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Old November 16th, 2018, 20:15   #6
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Both of my 2000 Beets have 23's.
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