MK1 Rabbit Mods / DIYs
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Forum: MK1 Rabbit Mods / DIYs

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 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. Moved: 79 rabbit front calipers

    Started by Yoda_man81, 05-17-2016 06:22 PM
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  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
    • Replies: 0
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    02-28-2016 08:26 PM Go to last post
  5. 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
    • Replies: 0
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    01-11-2016 07:56 PM Go to last post
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Moved: Exhaust and Turbo

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

    Started by BugsBunny22, 01-25-2015 08:53 PM
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  13. 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
    • Replies: 3
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    09-14-2014 05:41 AM Go to last post
  14. 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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    06-28-2014 03:10 PM Go to last post
  15. 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
  16. Moved: Rabbit 1979 Rabbit Diesel Seats

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

    Started by Wasscally wabbit, 02-19-2014 10:40 AM
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  18. (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
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    12-09-2013 09:19 AM Go to last post
  19. 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
  20. 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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  21. 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
  22. Moved: General Volkswagen Engine swap

    Started by Oi wagen, 08-28-2013 02:15 PM
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  23. 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
  24. 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
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    07-19-2013 05:06 PM Go to last post
  25. Moved: Rabbit Where to purchase new interior parts?

    Started by Blueeyedmichael, 03-31-2013 08:42 AM
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  26. 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
  27. 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
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    03-04-2013 12:18 AM Go to last post
  28. 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
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    02-21-2013 08:50 PM Go to last post
  29. Moved: Rabbit what engine will fit in my 1980 diesel 1.5 rabbit

    Started by Mp5black, 01-01-2013 01:06 PM
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  30. Moved: Rabbit Hazards work...but No Turn Signals??

    Started by forchukl, 05-23-2012 10:56 AM
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    11-08-2012 04:54 AM Go to last post
  31. Moved: Rabbit MK1 ride height

    Started by Jw1391, 04-01-2012 07:49 AM
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    10-13-2012 02:09 PM Go to last post
  32. Rabbit questions on wheels

    i know a lot of you are going to think that im dumb for this but it didn't work out on my part. I'll explain well i got tires for my '07 stock 15"...

    Started by skreenlooker89, 12-26-2009 08:07 PM
    bolt, conti, hat, ice, list, money, nice, pattern, prob, ques, questions, rabbit, recommended, save, search, set, steelies, stock, tires, wheel, wheels, wide, win, winter, work
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 3,862
    09-19-2012 11:04 AM Go to last post

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