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General Technical Discussions Covering The MK1 Volkswagen Rabbit First generation (A1, Typ 16) Platform. DIYs, Mods, Installs. For engine specific See VW Engine Forums.

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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Briano's HOW-To's Links by class...

    Here are all my how-tos by category, remember, they are 1990 Cabriolet for most of them but they all apply to the MK1 Generally. FIRST TIME...

    Started by briano1234, 06-25-2015 11:50 AM
    badges, cabriolet, diy, flush, front, fuel pump, gold, heater, instructions, intake, lights, oil, paint, radio, repair, seat, shifter, stalling, steering, struts, suspension, tech, transmission, trunk, window
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    06-25-2015 11:50 AM Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: NEW DIY section under the Old Rabbit forum.

    The New DIY section is for stickies and Do-it-Yourself guides. It isn't for new I need help threads. We will also be starting the Frequently...

    Started by briano1234, 03-03-2013 05:07 AM
    auto, black, break, color, cooling, diy, forum, forums, ice, links, manual, nice, parts, questions, rabbit, racks, roof, seats, sec, star, starting, thing, threads, volkswagen, vw rabbit
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    03-03-2013 05:07 AM Go to last post
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  1. Breaking out my Links to Subsections....

    Broke out my Links by class and moved the individuals to the subsections for ease of use, and for folks to find my links where they should belong. ...

    Started by briano1234, 04-03-2017 07:54 AM
    add, breaking, broke, class, diys, folks, hey, hose, icky, image, images, insert, left, links, mk6, moved, perfect, plug, sec, section, sites, sticky, volkswagen, wha
    • Replies: 3
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    04-03-2017 02:42 PM Go to last post
  2. Moved: EV Conversion

    Started by TXAggie, 03-12-2017 09:51 PM
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    03-12-2017 09:51 PM Go to last post
  3. Talking Rabbit Engine Swap

    I am trying to make a fast rabbit. Would it be worth it at all to rebuild the block or junk it? What is the best swap you've seen? any pics or links...

    Started by 80rabbitmodding, 01-07-2017 10:53 AM
    appreciated, block, cabriolet, convertible, engine, engine swap, fast, forum, forums, hell, links, make, mk1, pics, rabbit, rabbit., rebuild, swap, turbo, ver, volkswagen, vr6, vw rabbit, wha
    • Replies: 2
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    01-17-2017 03:08 PM Go to last post
  4. Moved: Rabbit Flasher Trouble Any Advice?

    Started by Lucassayers7, 11-08-2016 10:18 PM
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  5. Wheel/Lowering Recepie

    I recently purchase a '84 Cab parts car which has 16" wheels and brand new 205/40/16s on it which I'll be installing on my '86. I have approx. 2.25"...

    Started by mtcabriolet, 02-15-2013 01:36 PM
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    08-25-2016 10:15 AM Go to last post
  6. Moved: 81 Caddy Bumper hole lights

    Started by wmholder, 07-15-2016 05:28 PM
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  7. Moved: 79 rabbit front calipers

    Started by Yoda_man81, 05-17-2016 06:22 PM
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  8. 1981 diesel, 30mm or 40mm waterpump?

    I just bought a 1981 rabbit (l custom I believe) with the 1.6l diesel engine. It's not perfect, but it's definitely a good start! Before I begin to...

    Started by Aquest, 04-30-2016 11:02 AM
    1981, 1982, advice, cabriolet, correct, diesel, don, engine, forum, forums, golf, installed, jetta, long, mk1, number, ordered, parts, pulley, read, short, styles, time, volkswagen, water
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    04-30-2016 12:10 PM Go to last post
  9. Moved: First Rabbit, '80 injected ....need help with surging

    Started by deanbw, 02-10-2016 01:57 PM
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    03-05-2016 07:42 PM Go to last post
  10. Rabbit Understanding wheel offset

    i own a 1983 vw rabbit convertible with 13" wheels, i want to upgrade soon and i found some replica wheels sized 16x8, they only offer 25 offset on...

    Started by 781rabbid83, 02-28-2016 08:26 PM
    calipers, cars, clear, convertible, ding, forum, forums, hey, offer, offset, purchase, question, rabbit, rack, replica, run, soo, spacers, style, track, upgrade, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wheel, wheels
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    02-28-2016 08:26 PM Go to last post
  11. The Guesstimation of JB-WELD mix is over.

    I have always wondered if the mix of JB-Weld is 50/50 or as close as I could get it. Well I have the answer. My daughter the Coffee Elitist...

    Started by briano1234, 01-11-2016 07:56 PM
    330, add, answer, black, bra, brand, close, color, config, cup, default, don, good, grey, heater, hey, idea, make, plastic, pro, similar, time, type, valve, water
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    01-11-2016 07:56 PM Go to last post
  12. Question General Volkswagen Audio switch between tape deck and CD player?

    Is there anyway I can install a CD player below the passenger seat and have it so I can click a switch to switch between the CD player and the stock...

    Started by Kyle, 12-23-2015 04:21 AM
    audio, ca, cabriolet, cd, cd player, click, deck, electrial, head unit, ins, install, ipod, passenger, passenger seat, player, sea, seat, stall, stock, switch, tape, trunk, wha
    • Replies: 1
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    12-23-2015 07:14 AM Go to last post
  13. Rabbit Dash cover

    I live a few miles from a company called Coverlay, which makes very nice dash covers for cars. These covers fit over the existing dash and it is hard...

    Started by gkn3529, 09-21-2015 10:19 PM
    building, buying, called, cars, company, cover, covers, dash, don, existing, fit, hard, hey, ice, live, makes, making, message, miles, mk1, nice, pickup, rabbits, star, start
    • Replies: 1
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    09-28-2015 12:32 PM Go to last post
  14. Golf Cabby 1988 cluster in a 1989.

    My odometer will only working for about 10 miles then stop. I picked up a cluster that is supposed to be working but it's was from a 1988. The only...

    Started by Mutato, 09-12-2015 10:02 AM
    's, 1988, 1989, 98, black, ca, cabby, cluster, difference, engine, gear, in or, install, kinda, light, miles, modding, odometer, picked, plug, red, shift, stop, supposed, working
    • Replies: 2
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    09-13-2015 12:39 PM Go to last post
  15. Rabbit stopping issue - brakes

    newbie to the site and older VWs. just picked up a 80 diesel rabbit. i drove it an hour and a half home and found the brakes to be lacking. they...

    Started by Stubby, 09-25-2014 09:34 AM
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    08-16-2015 07:25 PM Go to last post
  16. Audi TT dash conversion??

    I have to admit I have been out of the VW loop for some time, Decided after 8 some years of faithful service it was time to do some restoration on...

    Started by zone, 03-11-2014 08:49 PM
    albums, audi, conversion, covers, dash, forum, forums, fuel, heard, kill, mk1, opinions, options, parts, photobucket, replace, res, seat, service, speedometer, stone, time, version, volkswagen, years
    • Replies: 3
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    03-27-2015 10:25 PM Go to last post
  17. Moved: Exhaust and Turbo

    Started by Roger_RabbitMK1, 03-27-2015 05:03 PM
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  18. Moved: Steering wheel wiring

    Started by BugsBunny22, 01-25-2015 08:53 PM
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    01-25-2015 09:28 PM Go to last post
  19. Parking brake cable issues

    I have a 2 new parking brake cables to put in, I put in the right side no problem! . The left side though, the owner before me welded the threads...

    Started by Loudacdc, 09-14-2014 12:33 AM
    1984 mk1 gti, bolt, brake, cable, cables, cut, good, handle, hour, issue, issues, left, lose, messing, mind, owner, parking, parking brake, problem, pull, quit, rabbit 84 convertible, stuck, threads, won
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    09-14-2014 05:41 AM Go to last post
  20. exhaust manifold conversion---gas to diesel?

    Has anyone with a gas (1.7) rabbit engine tried putting the standard diesel exhaust manifold on instead of the 4 into 2 that is common to the gas...

    Started by James Seahill, 05-12-2014 11:07 AM
    common, conversion, diesel, engine, engines, exhaust, forum, forums, gas, ins, installing, manifold, pipe, position, putting, rabbit, replacement, res, rest, spring, stalling, standard, sys, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 2
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    05-19-2014 02:01 PM Go to last post
  21. Moved: Rabbit 1979 Rabbit Diesel Seats

    Started by geraba, 03-09-2014 03:35 PM
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  22. Moved: Vacuum Pump woes

    Started by Wasscally wabbit, 02-19-2014 10:40 AM
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    01-26-2014 02:07 PM Go to last post
  23. (Deliberate) HOT air intake for diesels

    This may sound stupid :D:, but I have been wondering about a HOT air intake in a diesel that maybe hovers over the exhaust manifold, and plumbs up to...

    Started by thequicksilver03, 12-09-2013 04:02 AM
    air, cleaner, diesel, drive, driving, exhaust, fast, forum, forums, hot, humidity, increase, intake, manifold, mpg, performance, rabbit, run, sound, stupid, volkswagen, vw rabbit, week, win, winter
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,698
    12-09-2013 09:19 AM Go to last post
  24. Rabbit 81 rabbit 1.6 diesel swap to 1.8 n/a engine

    I would like to swap a 1.8 n/a engine into my 81 rabbit diesel. I'm just wondering if any one can tell me some info on this. Can I just drop it in...

    Started by TreeStump, 09-24-2013 04:19 PM
    1.6, 1.6 diesel, 1.8, 81, 81 rabbit, ca, diesel, drop, engine, forum, forums, fuel, fuel pump, gas, info, n/a, pre, pretty, rabbit, rabbit diesel, swap, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wondering
    • Replies: 3
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    09-25-2013 07:28 AM Go to last post
  25. Moved: Rabbit Help Wiring N/A diesel into my Gaser '83 Rabbit

    Started by Midmusq, 09-08-2013 07:37 AM
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  26. NEED HELP Converting a NA Pump to a TD pump

    Hey everyone, so I'm looking into converting a NA 1.6D pump to TD standards, and I have a few questions. Obviously the top of the NA pump comes off,...

    Started by charlevoixboy, 08-31-2013 12:10 AM
    big, board, buy, car, clear, converting, don, front, governor, ground, hey, pin, post, pro, pump, ques, questions, read, standards, top, ver, work
    • Replies: 1
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    08-31-2013 12:19 AM Go to last post
  27. Moved: General Volkswagen Engine swap

    Started by Oi wagen, 08-28-2013 02:15 PM
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  28. Rabbit n/a 1.6 diesel to turbo with mods

    hey guys. so i ended up with a gnarly bent valve right after i got my injection pump timing just right. so the head is now scuffed up and i have to...

    Started by akcoalroller, 08-02-2013 09:51 PM
    5spd, bought, diesel, forum, fuel, guys, head, hey, internet, lowered, mk1, mod, mods, oil, parts, performance, questions, rabbit, swap, thing, time, turbo, turboswap, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 0
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    08-02-2013 09:51 PM Go to last post
  29. Diy oil cooler ???

    Hello, Does anybody have any suggestions for a oil cooler for a 1980 1.5D ? Thanks Mp5black

    Started by Mp5black, 05-18-2012 11:28 AM
    1980, adapter, bad, black, cooler, correct, diy, forum, front, generic, heat, lines, make, mk1, mount, oil, oil cooler, plate, radiator, stalling, suggestions, volkswagen, volvo, water
    • Replies: 4
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    07-19-2013 05:06 PM Go to last post
  30. Moved: Rabbit Where to purchase new interior parts?

    Started by Blueeyedmichael, 03-31-2013 08:42 AM
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    03-31-2013 10:47 AM Go to last post
  31. What now? A/C delete question.

    I decided to get rid of the a/c in my Rabbit convertible, and tried following the steps explained by a write up over at vwvortex...

    Started by LucasDelRocco, 03-23-2013 03:00 PM
    a/c delete, belt, bolt, cabriolet, convertible, correct, cover, diyers, diys, engine, final, forum, forums, mount, place, question, rabbit, rabbit convertible, remove, removed, timing, top, visible, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 9
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    03-25-2013 02:47 PM Go to last post
  32. I got the wrong power steering rack

    Quick question: 1981 Caddy I bought a vw power steering rack that was suppose to be a direct bolt in. First: the housing was to big on the...

    Started by a1machinista1, 02-27-2013 01:15 AM
    1981, big, bigger, bolt, bought, direct, drivers, fit, forum, forums, holes, housing, linkage, model, mounting, passenger, power, ques, question, quick, rack, shifter, steering, volkswagen, year
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,942
    03-04-2013 12:18 AM Go to last post
  33. Help on Cabriolet Parts

    I bought a '86 Cabriolet driver this past fall as a project. In the search for trim parts I ended up buying a complete '84, minus the head and a few...

    Started by mtcabriolet, 02-14-2013 12:42 PM
    accessories, air, bought, buying, cabriolet, common, complete, driver, ended, engine, factory, fall, hard, head, mind, parting, parts, project, pull, question, rim, search, things, title, trim
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,770
    02-21-2013 08:50 PM Go to last post

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