Currently in the middle of a 4 task maintenance day since I finally never a free day here... Replacing both rear shocks and shock mounts, and end links, replacing both rear bump stops that disappeared a long while ago I had noticed... And hoping that swapping in a pair of brand new AWD hangers for the rear section of the mid pipe will fix the low hanging nature of the factory R exhaust I had put on my 2.5T FWD a few years ago.
Do far I've discovered that the rattling and clanking I've been hearing from the rear drivers side wasn't solely due to bad shocks, but rather when I peeled off the foam protective disc that sits a top the shock mount, the top nut came off with it!
That'll definitely cause some rattles and it seemed like it had been flattened slightly or something because I couldn't screw it back to the top of the shock and it looked oblong, very strange. Also one of the mounting bolts to the shock mount is larger than the other 2 (13mm vs the other 2 being 12mm) which I thought is odd... But also that larger one must have been cross thread I could tell from when I replaced the mounts a few years ago, and fortunately I had a couple spare exact size bolts to swap in place. The replacement Meyle mounts I'm using unfortunately don't come with their own mounting bolts.