Mk3 Subframes into Mk2

Started by Skilfil, January 15, 2022, 04:44:06 PM

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Hi all,

After a long hiatus from Mk2s (12 years!) I'm now back in one, a Mk2 Jetta. My knowledge is very rusty and I've been searching up and down.

I need to freshen up a few of the bushes so I figured a Mk3 subframe swap would be good to do while I'm at it. The car runs an ABF engine and still has 4 bolt hubs, I would prefer to retain the 4 bolt as I have many 4x100 wheels in my shed for my MX5 which also suit the Jetta. Does the 4 stud Mk3 stuff have a wider track like the VR6 setup? Or would I just be wasting my time?

1997 Mazda MX5 (B2 Limited Edition)
1990 Volkswagen Jetta Mk2 ABF
2006 Lexus GS430

80 Vert

CL and GLI don't, anything 4 bolt is narrow track.
The front subframe however has extra tabs behind the swaybar that most people just cut off but I prefer to add threaded holes to the chassis of the mk2 so that it all bolts up as it should.
2019 Jetta GLI (USA)
2003 Jetta Coupe soon to be R36TT
1991 Golf GTI 2.0 TSI swapped
1963 Type 34 Karmann Ghia, turbo 2.0
1990 Porsche 964 911 Carrera 4
1980 1303 Beetle vert, under restoration


4 stud MK3 stuff is still 'wide track' upfront, you get +21mm as opposed to +22/24 on the 5 stud stuff.
The rear beam is the more confusing part. They're all pretty similar (mm's of difference) so that's hardly worth it.
- Golf MK2 GTI
- Golf MK3 GLI
- Golf MK2 CL


Thanks guys - Good to know I can hunt at Pick A Part for what I need, seems the 4x100 Polo GTI's are also a viable option.
1997 Mazda MX5 (B2 Limited Edition)
1990 Volkswagen Jetta Mk2 ABF
2006 Lexus GS430