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  1. MK1 Rabbit Mods / DIYs

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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: My Ride, and me.

    I decided that it is about time that we MK1 folks have a thread that is a Sticky, where we can post a pic or 3 about our Rides, and a Picture of...

    Started by briano1234, 07-09-2013 11:46 PM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Frequently Answered Questions, and DIY's

    Have created a new Category to combine all the stickies.

    Started by briano1234, 09-12-2011 11:29 AM
    1980, 1982, answered, buying, ca, car, club, diesel, diy, forum, forums, frequently, fuel, motor, parts, pickup, ques, questions, removing, repair, running, save, search, thread, volkswagen
    • Replies: 7
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    03-10-2017 06:45 AM Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Norman Clature.

    When you are describing a issue please note that there are 2 (3) ways a car don't start. 1. When you turn the key to start the engine doesn't turn...

    Started by briano1234, 05-06-2015 04:29 PM
    art, car, catch, click, cranks, diesel, differences, don, engine, heck, information, ion, issue, key, lot, note, pick, ride, run, star, start, subtle, turn, volkswagen, year
    • Replies: 4
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    03-28-2016 11:40 PM Go to last post
  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Mk1 Parts List and Vendor Source...

    This is what I have been try to make up or locate and I have found it. This is a list of many vendors that sell parts we need for our Mk1 rabbits...

    Started by flav, 10-17-2011 07:09 AM
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    carbon, carbon fiber, crazy, cup kits, custom, door, golf, hood, install, intake, jetta, mk1, oem, parts, performance, red, repair, replacement, rim, sell, suspension, tech, vin, volkswagen, window
    • Replies: 22
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    05-19-2015 10:14 PM Go to last post
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  1. Fuel pump bracket

    While poking around in my 1987 cabrio I noticed the remote/external fuel pump is being held in place by duct tape. Anyone know where I might be able...

    Started by Boogiecherokee, 05-21-2017 07:39 PM
    's, 2.5, bracket, broken, ca, cabriolet, clamp, ebay, filter, fuel, fuel pump, hardware, install, ion, longer, pipe, production, pump, stall, store, volkswagen, work
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 559
    05-22-2017 09:55 AM Go to last post
  2. no run at idle

    I just switched engines on an 81 caddy, putting in a 1.7 engine from an 83 convertible. I can't get the engine to run at idle. It seems to have low...

    Started by James Seahill, 05-08-2017 12:10 PM
    1.7, 81, caddy, compression, convertible, degrees, digital, engines, german, half, idle, low, putting, replaced, run, running, sensor, set, switched, throttle, timing, truck, ver, wha, wired
    • Replies: 5
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    05-15-2017 08:05 PM Go to last post
  3. 83 cabby temp gauge????

    I tested gauge at binical w 9v battery gauge goes up and lights up nothing when grounded red/yellow wire installed new sensor nothing stumped ???...

    Started by Meisterdog, 05-14-2017 07:06 PM
    83, bad, battery, blue, cabby, engine, front, fuel, gauge, input, ins, installed, lights, rabbit, read, red, se, sensor, stumped, temp, tested, top, transmission, wire, yellow
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 685
    05-15-2017 05:52 AM Go to last post
  4. Engine starts won't idle until warm

    Hello all. Have been trying to get this 1984.5 Wolfsburg convertible running right. It is 1.8L CIS LAMBDA (I think) It sat for about four years. I...

    Started by Tr00per25@yahoo.com, 05-02-2017 11:27 PM
    advice, air, car, cold, convertible, engine, filter, finally, fuel, fuel pump, good, hit, idle, ignition, long, problem, read, relay, rpm, running, start, starts, thing, troubleshoot, volkswagen
    • Replies: 7
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    05-10-2017 09:46 AM Go to last post
  5. gas caddy won't run at idle

    I have thoroughly checked the fuel system and ignition system, replacing many parts. My 1.7 liter gas engine has good compression but will only run...

    Started by James Seahill, 08-26-2011 04:27 PM
    caddy, control, die, digital, engine, fuel, fuel pump, gas, good, ideas, idle, ignition, liter, module, normal, parts, problem, pump, relay, replaced, run, sys, throttle, vacuum, wiring
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 2,407
    05-08-2017 03:55 PM Go to last post
  6. Can Bad Linkage Alignment Ruin Transmission without Driving Car?

    So one day I park my car after driving all day. Car was driving fantastic, trans felt great nothing out of the ordinary. I try to go and I notice my...

    Started by Otakugima, 05-02-2017 04:12 AM
    access, adjusting, alignment, bad, bentley, car, day, dice, driving, fan, feels, felt, gear, gears, great, ice, long, making, properly, replace, selector, shifter, speed, trans, transmission
    • Replies: 2
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    05-08-2017 03:49 PM Go to last post
  7. 020 Rabbit PickUp Trann Questions?

    Is it possible to know which which transmissions use to be Gas or Diesel? I have heard that from the transmission code you can but have not found...

    Started by WrabbitSeason, 05-03-2017 01:58 PM
    1980, 5 speed, change, cooled, diesel, engine, forum, forums, gas, gear, heard, info, manual, pickup, questions, rabbit, speed, tells, thinking, tranny, type, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wanted, water
    • Replies: 7
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    05-05-2017 03:30 PM Go to last post
  8. Axle Size Question ?

    Does a stock 1983 VW Rabbit Gas 1.7 have a 90mm axle or a 100mm one?

    Started by WrabbitSeason, 05-05-2017 03:06 PM
    1.7, 1983, 83, 98, auto, axle, car, change, forum, forums, gas, hey, ion, kit, oem, owner, ques, question, rabbit, size, stock, volkswagen, vw, vw rabbit, work
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 553
    05-05-2017 03:29 PM Go to last post
  9. need to replace driver's side vent window

    Long story short, my driver's side vent window was broken. I'm having a hard time finding a replacement. Does anyone have one or can tell me where...

    Started by spoman, 05-01-2017 06:27 AM
    broke, broken, ding, driver, ebay, finding, fit, forum, forums, hard, hey, long, pickup, rabbit, replace, replacement, short, story, time, vent, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wi, window, won
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 615
    05-02-2017 06:02 AM Go to last post
  10. 1981 rabbit pickup very slow

    hi, i just bought a 1981 rabbit pickup diesel 5 speed. starts up great even when cold. when i try to drive it i cant get it to faster than 30 mph(it...

    Started by theblubeast, 04-30-2017 10:49 PM
    1981, 5 speed, bought, cold, diesel, drive, faster, filter, forum, forums, fresh, fuel, great, lines, long, mph, pickup, rabbit, slow, speed, star, starts, time, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 714
    05-01-2017 09:55 PM Go to last post
  11. no air coming from vents

    I have an '81 Rabbit pickup. I'm having a problem with no air coming out of the vents hot or cold. The blower motor seems to be working fine...

    Started by spoman, 04-27-2017 12:12 AM
    air, cold, coming, experience, feel, fine, forum, forums, heads, hear, hot, lines, make, motor, pickup, problem, rabbit, tails, vacuum, vent, vents, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wiring, working
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 523
    04-29-2017 08:56 AM Go to last post
  12. Electrical issues Diesel Rabbit Pickup

    Hi All, My '82 VW diesel Rabbit Pickup has developed some interesting glitches. First one: when I turn the ignition key to glow plug position, the...

    Started by carsonic, 04-28-2017 03:43 PM
    battery, clock, diesel, engine, forum, forums, fuel, gli, heat, hot, ignition, interesting, issues, key, pickup, plug, position, power, rabbit, star, starts, turn, volkswagen, vw rabbit, weird
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 684
    04-28-2017 06:11 PM Go to last post
  13. Horn not working (column not grounded)

    Hey VW people, New caretaker of my wife's new 87 cabriolet (built on the MK1 platform). I need to get it inspected and the horn has to work. ...

    Started by MaNiaCaL, 04-25-2017 12:26 PM
    battery, built, cabriolet, care, cover, ended, form, forum, forums, ground, hey, horn, located, mk1, ons, people, removed, spec, steering, steering wheel, volkswagen, wheel, wire, work, working
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 924
    04-28-2017 01:03 PM Go to last post
  14. Rabbit starts easy but stalls immediately

    Hello all. I know there are many threads for these symptoms and I have read so many and checked so many things that my head is spinning with what to...

    Started by Tr00per25@yahoo.com, 04-24-2017 02:49 PM
    advice, brakes, car, convertible, cruise, end, engine, front, fuel, gears, key, oil, rabbit, rabbit s, relay, removing, seat, small, spray, starting, tire, top, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wanted
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 37
    04-24-2017 02:49 PM Go to last post
  15. 1981 Rabbit pickup Diesel belt squeal

    Hey guys, haven't been on for awhile. Had a successful heart valve replacement in January and a few weeks later started back working on my Rabbit....

    Started by cedarhill, 03-20-2017 07:42 PM
    1981, alignment, bearings, car, diesel, drive, engine, forum, hey, photo, pic, pickup, pictures, post, pulley, rabbit, running, styles, top, volkswagen, vw rabbit, water, wear, wider, work
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 954
    04-24-2017 10:05 AM Go to last post
  16. 1984 Volkswagon Rabbit die immediatly after start

    I have a 1984 Rabbit and it sat for about a year and a half. I was able to get started and drive it home. It ran fine. A few days later I went to...

    Started by rstewart8, 04-10-2017 08:30 PM
    1984, art, days, die, dies, dies when giving gas, drive, fine, forum, forums, gas, half, home, ideas, idle, rabbit, sat, star, start, started, volkswagen, volkswagon, vw rabbit, won't idle, year
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 980
    04-24-2017 09:00 AM Go to last post
  17. Interesting 81 Rabbit Seat Mod

    I found out why I had to remove the headliner in Rabbit truck to gain some headroom. Previous owner must have been vertically challenged. Im 6'4...

    Started by 81_wabbit, 04-21-2017 11:26 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    04-22-2017 07:38 AM Go to last post
  18. 81 Rabbit Diesel Wont Start

    had a winter storm, got it running after. Ran fuel low, but not dry. Parked it, went to fire it up next morning, no start. Put 8galons from a can...

    Started by Cran, 04-15-2017 12:54 PM
    art, diesel, dry, filter, forum, forums, fuel, low, morning, order, pump, pushing, rabbit, run, running, star, start, storm, super, thoughts, today, volkswagen, vw rabbit, win, winter
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,049
    04-18-2017 10:03 PM Go to last post
  19. 84 Rabbit

    so i recently bought a Rabbit and it is leaking brake fluid out of the reservoir but not at the grommets its like in the middle of the reservoir...

    Started by chaboicrosby, 04-13-2017 01:44 PM
    84, 84 rabbit, bought, brake, caps, fix, fluid, forum, forums, grommets, how to, ideas, leak, leaking, middle, parts, rabbit, rabbit '84 convertable, replacement, reservoir, tuning, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wolfsburg
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 756
    04-17-2017 05:48 PM Go to last post
  20. 1.9td AAZ head on 1.6na Questions

    Good evening, The head I would be getting only has seats and valve guides. I have found the intake and exhaust valves from parts place inc. which...

    Started by Lucassayers7, 02-23-2017 11:38 PM
    1.9td, aaz, awesome, buy, diesel, exhaust, forum, good, guys, head, intake, kit, na, parts, power, question, questions, rabbit, res, rest, seats, springs, things, turbo, volkswagen
    • Replies: 15
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    04-16-2017 10:04 PM Go to last post
  21. 1983 Rabbit Pickup LX value

    I have an opportunity to buy a 1983 VW Rabbit pickup with LX package. It is in fair shape for 180,000 miles. The body is straight with the only rust...

    Started by cedarhill, 04-13-2017 08:23 AM
    body, bolt, buy, forum, forums, glass, grey, hard, head, head gasket, miles, owner, package, pickup, pictures, rabbit, reco, replace, rust, speed, strange, time, top, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 674
    04-14-2017 03:43 PM Go to last post
  22. Rabbit roof rack for sale

    Have had a metal roof rack in my possession for years. Don't remember how I obtained it but it turns out it is for the vintage, flat roof, VW Rabbit...

    Started by billb, 03-10-2017 12:40 PM
    bent, body, condition, don, fair, finish, fla, flat, for sale, forum, forums, ish, metal, rabbit, rack, remember, roof, sale, turns, type, vin, vintage, volkswagen, vw rabbit, years
    • Replies: 2
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    04-13-2017 01:19 AM Go to last post
  23. 83 Rabbit GTI Hesitation.

    Hi guys, I recently bought a super clean 83 Rabbit GTI, I'm currently trying to get to know the car better. I've been the proud owner of two BMW...

    Started by User Name:, 07-08-2012 09:58 PM
    add, bad, bmw, bought, car, clean, drive, driving, filter, forum, fuel, gti, guys, manual, muffler, normal, ordered, owner, pipe, rabbit, replace, resonator, time, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 3
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    04-09-2017 04:39 AM Go to last post
  24. Injection pump troubles

    I have a diesel rabbit pickup that has the injection pump woes. I took it off the road to do some metal work on the unibody and fiddle with my glow...

    Started by Lukehanson, 03-26-2017 02:23 PM
    add, air, change, clear, color, drawing, end, engine, filling, filter, fuel, good, happened, injector pump, loose, low, manifold, moving, oil, steel, success, time, trouble, turn, worked
    • Replies: 9
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    04-07-2017 08:14 AM Go to last post
  25. Fuel leak

    1987 cabriolet 1.8L I've ordered both the feed and return lines from the tank to the engine compartment. Both are SS with OE fitting and flares but...

    Started by Boogiecherokee, 03-15-2017 03:37 AM
    aka, built, cabriolet, check, custom, day, diy, foo, forum, fuel, good, hey, leak, lot, make, moving, post, rabbit, spam, stock, stuff, things, top, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 722
    04-04-2017 12:14 PM Go to last post
  26. electricsl issues

    1981 Vw rabbit has melted parking light fuse, doest show a charge and the radio goes off and on when I flick certain lights. (Brights, turn signal,...

    Started by Samuel, 03-27-2017 05:25 PM
    1981, alternator, battery, bought, brake, charge, electrical issues, forum, forums, fuse, good, issue, issues, light, lights, parking, rabbit, radio, read, signal, thing, turn, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,194
    04-03-2017 08:25 AM Go to last post
  27. 81 rabbit injector pump. Leaking fuel.

    Hi. I was just wondering what might the cause and solutionfor gas leaking from the injection pump in my 81 rabbit diesel.

    Started by Larryknows, 03-17-2017 02:46 PM
    81, 81 rabbit, cabriolet, diesel, forum, forums, front, fuel, gas, injection, injection pump, injector, injector pump, leaking, manifold, pump, rabbit, rabbit diesel, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wha, wondering
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 836
    04-02-2017 01:43 PM Go to last post
  28. Rusted truck bed problems and temporary fix

    So I was getting diesel fuel today and noticed it was pouring onto the ground. Turns out the bracket that the top of the passenger side shock is...

    Started by SHeetsC, 03-31-2017 03:10 AM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,064
    04-01-2017 03:24 PM Go to last post
  29. 1981 Rabbit Pickup 1.7 gasser smells of gas fumes inside the cab

    Hello fellow VW enthusiast! I picked up this little truck non-running, put a new fuel filter and a fuel relay in it and got it running. Now running...

    Started by jhbaker73, 03-14-2017 09:58 PM
    1981, 1981 rabbit pickup, cab, check, filter, fluid, forum, forums, fuel, gas, good, iced, inside, issue, noticed, picked, pickup, rabbit, relay, running, smell, transmission, truck, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 625
    03-27-2017 11:02 AM Go to last post
  30. 82 diesel pickup starter/ignition issues

    Good day, My Rabbit Wouldn't start one morning after running for years with little issues. I first replaced the starter because occasionally I would...

    Started by SHeetsC, 03-08-2017 07:32 PM
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 1,222
    03-26-2017 08:48 AM Go to last post
  31. 1981 VW Rabbit 1.6L Diesel Engine Problems

    Hey everyone, I'm new here. Background: I recently acquired a 1981 diesel Rabbit as my first big "project car." The car was full of mice and had...

    Started by charlevoixboy, 07-26-2010 08:38 PM
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    1981, air, body, car, clear, diesel, engine, filter, finally, forum, fuel, good, hey, injector pump, interior, long, problem, problems, project, rabbit, running, start, time, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 33
    • Views: 36,050
    03-25-2017 03:21 PM Go to last post
  32. Poll Poll: EV Conversion

    Hello All, Will be posting here my progress on an EV conversion. 81 Rabbit Diesel 4Spd is the lucky donor. Would like to hear your experience and...

    Started by TXAggie, 03-12-2017 09:51 PM
    4spd, accessory, battery, configuration, conversion, diesel, diesel truck caddy, diy, drive, electric, ev, experience, forum, forums, hear, pos, posting, progress, rabbit, spd, tech, version, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wisdom
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,180
    03-21-2017 12:46 PM Go to last post
  33. Windshield Washer Harness??

    Late gas Westy Owners, I have an '84 GTI from which the last owner owner removed the washer fluid bottle/pump and removed the power wires. I'm...

    Started by BluGTI, 03-12-2017 05:26 PM
    add, assistance, bit, bot, colors, diagrams, fluid, forum, forums, gas, gti, harness, harnesses, hood, las, owners, pic, pictures, power, pump, removed, volkswagen, washer, windshield, wiring
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 1,130
    03-19-2017 06:10 AM Go to last post
  34. Two Rabbit Pickups / Caddys rescued yesterday; Now What?! Advice needed...

    Hi All, ... Drug two "Rabbit Pickups" back from the chaparral yesterday - quite a feat, I must say! These cars had sat for decades, and the one...

    Started by rtroy, 03-13-2017 12:04 PM
    4 door, 5 speed, advice, axle, body, brakes, clutch, door, engine, front, gears, hose, jack, oil, parts, pickup, rabbit, removing, sell, transaxle, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wheels, windshield
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 238
    03-13-2017 11:27 PM Go to last post
  35. Trying to Rescue TWO Rabbit based pickup trucks - need help! What RIMS / WHEELS work?

    Hi Everyone, I used to own a 1979 Rabbit, bought new - a red four door, regular gasoline model. At some point, it got stolen. :-( Since that time...

    Started by rtroy, 03-09-2017 02:47 PM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 503
    03-09-2017 11:09 PM Go to last post

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