The following describes the steps necessary
to install a Neuspeed Upper Strut Bar in a Mark IV GTI GLX. I have
included pictures to help with the install. The instructions that came
with the bar are excellent.
First of all, you need the right tools.
You will need the following:
Use the 7/32" bit and drill the pilot holes on one of the strut towers.
I then drilled the 3/8" holes on one of the strut tower - one at a time,
checking the alignment. I checked each hole by inserting one of the
nutserts in the hole to make sure the hole was the right diameter. I
then used the touch up paint to paint the drilled holes and a hair
dryer to dry the paint.
Insert a nutsert in one of the holes (if you have inserted the nutsert correctly - the threads are about 3/8" below the top of the nutsert) and used the tool included with the bar to install the nutsert using the 9/16" open ended wrench and 7/16" socket. You can tell the nutsert has been "installed" correctly when the threads of the nutsert are almost completely flush with the top of the nutsert. I installed one end of the bar and checked the holes on the other strut tower. I then repeated the process on the other strut tower.
Unfortunately the two holes on the second tower didn't quite line up. I "opened" the wholes on the strut tower bar slightly to make up the difference and installed the bar. I used the torque wrench to torque each nut to 12lbs.
Overall, it took me about 1.5 hours to install the bar. I took my time, and rechecked everything, not to mention taking pics along the way. I figure if everything goes well, you should be able to install the bar in a little over an hour.