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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 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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  1. 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
    • Views: 229
    09-28-2015 12:32 PM Go to last post
  2. 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
    • Views: 221
    09-13-2015 12:39 PM Go to last post
  3. 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
    • Replies: 13
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    08-16-2015 07:25 PM Go to last post
  4. 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
    • Views: 3,050
    03-27-2015 10:25 PM Go to last post
  5. Moved: Exhaust and Turbo

    Started by Roger_RabbitMK1, 03-27-2015 05:03 PM
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    03-27-2015 05:03 PM Go to last post
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Moved: Rabbit 1979 Rabbit Diesel Seats

    Started by geraba, 03-09-2014 03:35 PM
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    03-09-2014 03:35 PM Go to last post
  11. 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
  12. (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
  13. 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
  14. 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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    09-08-2013 07:37 AM Go to last post
  15. 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
  16. Moved: General Volkswagen Engine swap

    Started by Oi wagen, 08-28-2013 02:15 PM
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  17. 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
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    08-02-2013 09:51 PM Go to last post
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
    • Views: 3,662
    03-25-2013 02:47 PM Go to last post
  21. 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: 1,404
    03-04-2013 12:18 AM Go to last post
  22. 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: 1,224
    02-21-2013 08:50 PM Go to last post
  23. 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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    01-01-2013 01:06 PM Go to last post
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
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    09-19-2012 11:04 AM Go to last post
  27. 2" lift from oldskool VW...anyone installed one?

    Has anyone installed the 2" lift kit from OldskoolVW? I am iterested in doing this because I live 8 miles deep on a crazy dirt road with lots of ruts...

    Started by Caddylike, 07-16-2012 12:17 PM
    crazy, forum, forums, ground, hey, ins, installed, join, joints, kit, live, lots, miles, mod, oldskool, problems, road, rocks, shocks, site, taller, tips, tires, volkswagen, wondering
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 2,640
    08-09-2012 08:16 PM Go to last post
  28. Rabbit 1981 Radiator Fan Switch part#171959481A

    This part is obsolete, or so I was told by 2 different shops (one that specializes in VWs the other in Rabbits) but they couldn't tell me what an...

    Started by rabbitlaw, 07-31-2012 03:54 PM
    • Replies: 0
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    07-31-2012 03:54 PM Go to last post
  29. Linkage issue after converting a 4 speed manual to a 5 speed manual??

    Hey all, The work on my Rabbit continues! The guy who owned it before me installed a 5 speed manual transmission into my 1981 Rabbit Diesel. ...

    Started by rabbitlaw, 05-31-2012 02:59 PM
    1981, 5 speed, cheap, clutch, diesel, forum, good, hey, installed, linkage, manual, mki, parts, people, problem, rabbit, replace, speed, tranny, transmission, volkswagen, vw rabbit, work, wrench
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 2,489
    07-23-2012 05:00 PM Go to last post
  30. Rabbit Where to purchase Body Parts

    I'm new to this forum...actually new to the whole forum/ thread concept. I'm restoring my 85 Wolfsburg Cabriolet. Looking for the best place to buy...

    Started by AEB, 06-29-2012 11:06 PM
    ac, body, buy, cabriolet, concept, fenders, forum, frame, front, hatch, idea, part, parts, place, purchase, rear, res, restoring, thread, volkswagen, wi, window, wolfsburg
    • Replies: 0
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    06-29-2012 11:06 PM Go to last post
  31. Rabbit lift pump and fuel pressure regulator mod?

    hey everyone, I'm kinda new to the vw diesel but have been doing alot of research on them. I wanna put an aux pump (lift pump) on it to help the...

    Started by 82VWCaddy, 05-28-2012 11:51 PM
    alot, aux, diesel, don, forum, forums, fresh, fuel, hey, hurt, injection, ins, install, kinda, kinds, lines, mod, mount, numbers, pressure, pump, stall, tank, volkswagen, wanna
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 2,038
    06-04-2012 08:21 AM Go to last post
  32. RAYJAY Turbo off of a 1.6 Rabbit truck ....

    A neighbor gave me a Rayjay Turbo that he said came off of his ( 1982 I think he said ) truck. He also gave me the intake manifold. Does anyone...

    Started by Cosmos, 06-02-2012 01:07 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 2,762
    06-02-2012 01:07 PM Go to last post

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