It’s time I admit it. I’m a bit of a pack-rat.

I likely get it from my father, who has trouble throwing out old issues of National Geographic, the local newspaper, expired food. Everything is essential, even Compute! Magazine – with exciting, relevant info on the new VIC20!

My problem differs slightly; I have no problem throwing things out. However, I actively buy things – “well, this could break.. and if the price is right…” – “I’ve never had a MesaBoogie amp, this one sure is pretty” – “I don’t have a red one”.

I recall early Touareg owners pretending to be calm about the repair price of their air-ride suspension; it was ludicrously expensive at each corner. I didn’t want to experience a future version of their angst with my rather unique and technical-sounding DCC suspension on my pirate edition Golf.

I priced out one front DCC-enabled shock – full dealer retail is $342.70. For a set of four, springs, bearing-caps and control arms, I’m sure things would spiral upwards past $1,500 very quickly.

The reason for figuring in all these somewhat unnecessary secondary suspension parts? Recently, I spotted an ad for a lightly used, complete OEM Golf R Suspension – for $350. I pounced on that like a 35-series tire on a pothole. The seller had installed a mega-dollar Airlift suspension. I’m unsure what they will do when it comes time to sell the car – perhaps hope for the right buyer? Air suspension isn’t for everyone, and one rarely sees money back from aftermarket modifications.

 

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I’m hoping to figure out how to make the parts look like art on the wall while they’re not required on the car – but I think I may have to give a nod to my old man, and simply stuff them in a box – to be remembered after the car, and the need for the parts, is long gone.

Who needs suspension parts when all our cars have gravity-well engines, right?

 

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Published on Apr 08, 2016
Composer, Producer and Pretengineer. Lover of music, movies and fancy beer. Also, rhymes, cars.