I have the front suspension partially torn down for repairs and have run into a snag. The only loose part is C22874 “End Assembly at LH side of center tie rod”, called by some a drag link. The pin bush was sloppy and I had on hand the supposedly correct pin-bush assembly, C17099 from a major supplier, as specified by the Mk10 parts book. Extracting it from the car was a feat, as was pressing it apart. Lo and behold, the C17099 is not correct for this original MK10 part, smaller than cavity left in the drag link, longer, and with incorrect taper. I think the parts book is in error, as I know the C17099 is used on small sedans (with mixed success it seems). Someone in UK advertises a “new” original part - it looks rebushed to me and is expensive, but I may have to try it. I’ve not found another source.
So, questions: Any good used ones out there? Anybody out there who might revulcanize the original? Other ideas? Photo below. The bottom item is the incorrect replacement pin-bush.