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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 February 14th, 2020, 17:16   #1
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Default GKN / Loebro boots

How is the quality of these? Are they China-made? Forum posts from 10 years ago indicate they were quality. The price I see here makes me wonder if that has changed.

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Old February 14th, 2020, 19:32   #2
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That's pretty cheap!
But for only 4-5 times the price you can get OEM VW.
For such an important part (that we already know can last a couple decades),
which to buy is a no-brainer IMHO.
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Old February 14th, 2020, 20:54   #3
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Yeah, it seems too good to be true. Definitely not a job I want to do again in a couple of years.
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Old February 20th, 2020, 07:17   #4
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Even the VW inner ones are rubber and this looks like rubber too. Certainly there is different quality in rubbers, but i'd do it.

If it were the outers then I'd say no way because in my experience only the urethane material will last. I put cheap rubber on the outers and they only lasted a year.
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Old February 20th, 2020, 09:12   #5
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I asked the question to IDparts guys about the GKN brand and they seem to be really happy with the quality (IndigoBlueWagon). I asked the question because I was in the market for LCA's and bushings, as well as sway bar links and ball joints. When I hopped on their site, a lot of their stuff had switched to Spidan/GKN.

They were an OEM provider for a long time it sounds like years ago (maybe still?). I received all the parts and installed, they looked and felt quality, time will tell how they hold up. Apparently they have the parts on a lot of the cars those guys that work @ID have and haven't seemed to have any issues.

I'd say give them a try.
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Old February 20th, 2020, 10:47   #6
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GKN-Lobro is who makes a lot of drive axles for VAG products, have for decades.
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Its the wrong axle nut for the A4 ...no washer face. Wonder if the joint bolts are the right length. I have found some of the aftermarket boot kits have bolts that are just a bit shorter than the OEM and that ain't cool. They don't enter the drive flange very far as it is.

Could it be that the boot is Loebro but the accessory items are an assembled kit of off-fitting parts?
10 bucks + shipping gets you an answer.
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GKN has made the axles for year for VW. There here in MI

I bought a 01 German import GTI from them a few years ago. They used it for a test car for the driveline parts. To bad I couldn’t register it for road use had to part it out.
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