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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, 07-10-2013 12:46 AM
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  3. 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 05:29 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
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    03-29-2016 12:40 AM Go to last post
  4. 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 08:09 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
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    05-19-2015 11:14 PM Go to last post
  5. 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 12:29 PM
    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
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  1. Question Very Odd Shaking When Not Accelerating Above 50MPH

    Been trying to read but cant find anything on my problem. when going anywhere above 50 mph my 83 rabbit will shake violently, steering wheel and...

    Started by Lucassayers7, 12-06-2016 02:26 PM
    clutch, diesel, end, experience, fast, forum, front, gas, highway speeds, motor, odd, problem, rabbit, read, shaking, start, starts, steering, steering wheel, suspension, suspension issue, violent, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wheel
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 311
    02-24-2017 10:41 PM Go to last post
  2. 81 rabbit pickup diesel overheating

    So it took me a while to notice because it's so cold here in Alaska that the engine runs really cool...but when I drive for long periods of time the...

    Started by Akcrabb, 01-19-2017 02:24 PM
    check, cold, cool, coolant, diesel, drive, engine, fan, forum, forums, gauge, great, heat, hot, ice, long, pickup, rabbit, starts, test, time, today, volkswagen, vw rabbit, water
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 375
    02-24-2017 01:13 PM Go to last post
  3. 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, 02-24-2017 12:38 AM
    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: 3
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    02-24-2017 12:05 PM Go to last post
  4. Cool Body Kit Questions!

    Good evening all, Today I found a rabbit body kit on one of those selling apps and went down to check it out. he had the side skirts and front and...

    Started by Lucassayers7, 02-02-2017 12:21 AM
    1983, black, body, body kit, brand, bumper, cabriolet, cheap, check, diesel, experience, forum, front, front bumper, good, kit, opinions, pics, pictures, post, rabbit, stock, trunk, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 408
    02-24-2017 12:39 AM Go to last post
  5. '81 Diesel Rabbit - Fuel Injection Problems

    I bought an '81 Diesel Rabbit a few weeks ago, that had fueling issues. Long story short, I replaced a section of the hard line that had a crack in...

    Started by jb068, 11-12-2016 12:56 PM
    bad, battery, bought, diesel, driving, drove, forum, fuel, good, issues, light, long, lot, miles, parking, parts, problem, problems, rabbit, short, start, time, volkswagen, vw rabbit, waited
    • Replies: 13
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    02-21-2017 11:25 PM Go to last post
  6. Question Aftermarket turbo installation

    Bought this kit off Ebay. Was wondering where others have run the oil line from to the turbo for lubrication. ...

    Started by herkybc130, 09-09-2016 11:46 PM
    17, 729, add, aftermarket, bought, diesel, downpipe, ebay, forum, forums, ins, installation, ion, item, kit, line, manifolds, oil, pipe, run, turbo, turbocharger, volkswagen, vw, wondering
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 533
    02-21-2017 11:11 PM Go to last post
  7. Question 1.7 distributor?

    I'm replacing a 1.7 gas caddy motor (1981) with a 1983 Cabriolet 1.7 motor. I'm wondering if I can use the same distributor from the '81 with the...

    Started by James Seahill, 02-19-2017 03:08 PM
    '81, 1.7, 1981, 1983, 81, 98, bentley, cabriolet, caddy, damage, distributor, engine, gas, germany, ignition, ins, installed, ion, module, motor, needed, replacing, usa, wi, wondering
    • Replies: 2
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    02-21-2017 11:08 PM Go to last post
  8. Ok, some need inspiration on how it can look.

    Folks tend to get discouraged, and need to see the end product. Now I didn't have to rebuild a rusty bucket, but I did have to do a lot of things to...

    Started by briano1234, 02-19-2017 10:48 AM
    2007, anal, cooler, daily, discouraged, door, driver, end, folks, front, heart, interior, lot, make, oil, photobucket, product, proper, rear, things, time, transmission, user, work, years
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    02-19-2017 10:48 AM Go to last post
  9. Rack and pinion boot change

    Trying to change the left side boot. I'm not having much luck installing it over the rack flange or the rubber ring. I'd there some trick to this...

    Started by Blue Haze, 02-16-2017 09:58 PM
    air, align, application, ate, boo, boot, cha, change, gain, les, light, loose, marks, meets, mounts, nut, outer, position, rack, remove, rod, room, rota, tape, tube
    • Replies: 4
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    02-19-2017 10:27 AM Go to last post
  10. Brakes not stopping

    The brakes on my 83 Rabbit convertible have slowly been failing over last month. Pedal seems firmer than before, moves only a couple of inches down...

    Started by 82Wabbit, 10-04-2016 10:35 AM
    add, brakes, convertible, end, fluid, forum, forums, front, leak, lock, miles, month, pads, pedal, rabbit, rear, roll, rotors, shoes, start, valve, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wheels, work
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 383
    02-18-2017 01:10 PM Go to last post
  11. Glow Plug Broke...

    Hey guys, I've been having a time getting my bunny to start for the last week or so. I could roll start it, and it then through out my trip it would...

    Started by jessedas, 02-03-2017 08:44 PM
    bunny, cool, end, engine, forum, fuel, guys, hey, inside, issues, long, number, photobucket, plug, power, rabbit, relay, roll, start, starting, thinking, time, today, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 3
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    02-05-2017 01:29 PM Go to last post
  12. Brake seals won`t fit

    Hi, I am not able to find seal which have bigger outer diameter around the brake piston which fits 83 mod rabbit caliper. The new seals are too...

    Started by sloseth, 02-04-2017 04:04 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    02-04-2017 05:34 PM Go to last post
  13. 82 caddy brake problem

    When the outside temp is cold like single digits my power brakes go away after a few seconds after brakes are applied. If I drive it for a few miles...

    Started by Blue Haze, 01-26-2017 10:37 PM
    82, bad, brake, caddy, clamps, cold, fluid, heat, hose, leak, loss, newer, oil, ops, proble, problem, pump, sounds, stops, style, things, vacuum, vacuum leak, wi, winter
    • Replies: 3
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    01-28-2017 09:17 AM Go to last post
  14. Gathering Parts and Knowledge for my repairs

    I made a few posts several months back about our 1985 Cabriolet 1.8L. It went into winter storage so I haven't had a chance to do much work. The car...

    Started by CdnCabrio, 01-27-2017 10:03 AM
    access, cabriolet, car, change, compatible, drive, fall, light, oil, oil pressure, parts, question, repair, safety, sound, spec, steering, steering wheel, swap, transmission, vent, wheel, win, winter, work
    • Replies: 9
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    01-27-2017 03:39 PM Go to last post
  15. Exclamation Exhaust trouble

    Hello all, recently I was tuning my 83 diesel rabbit and the exhaust ended up blowing up below the header. I got 2 inch emt conduit pipe 10 ft for 15...

    Started by Lucassayers7, 01-16-2017 08:25 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    01-20-2017 12:36 AM Go to last post
  16. Part identification

    I need help identifying this part. It came out of a MK1's ('82 Rabbit Diesel PU) instrument cluster that I am attempting to put back together. I...

    Started by carsonic, 01-18-2017 02:01 PM
    '82, 's, 82, 82 rabbit, 93, back, cluster, diesel, forum, forums, hope, image, ins, instrument, instrument cluster, ion, mk1, part, rabbit, rabbit diesel, temp, tempting, tps, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 417
    01-18-2017 08:20 PM Go to last post
  17. paint

    im getting a major dent pulled out at a body shop and they are leaving me the bondo and paint work so i could save $1500. has anyone ever matched...

    Started by nmoussal, 01-17-2017 06:37 PM
    500, app, body, classic, color, dent, forum, forums, free, golden, gray, hey, leaving, major, matched, mobile, pain, paint, rabbit, save, shop, tips, volkswagen, vw rabbit, work
    • Replies: 1
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    01-17-2017 09:32 PM Go to last post
  18. Stumped

    1980 VW Diesel 5 speed rebuilt injection pump Gas gage flakey, but think i had gas Driving down road engine quit running coasted into gas...

    Started by Mr.Chips, 01-17-2017 01:32 PM
    1980, 5 speed, diesel, engine, fast, filter, fit, forum, forums, fuel, injection, intake, kinda, lines, outlet, pressure, quit, road, run, speed, spray, starting, suggestions, vent, volkswagen
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 256
    01-17-2017 09:19 PM Go to last post
  19. no start

    hey guys i have a 84 gas rabbit. was running Monday. Tuesday morning it would not start. even had it plugged in ,was cranking fairly well but had the...

    Started by wsparks, 01-11-2017 10:54 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    01-17-2017 11:32 AM Go to last post
  20. 81 rabbit pickup diesel, no electronics!...

    So my 81 was running great. Still runs great. The starter was spinning but not engaging. I replaced it but it was worse. So I put the old one back on...

    Started by Akcrabb, 01-12-2017 02:48 PM
    81, 81 rabbit, check, diesel, electronics, engine, forum, forums, fuses, fusible, inspection, ion, links, pickup, rabbit, spec, transmission, visual, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wi, work
    • Replies: 6
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    01-13-2017 09:06 PM Go to last post
  21. Installed injection pump, car starts and idles great but dies immediately on load..

    Hello everyone, this is my first post on my forums. I recently required a 82 rabbit 1.6l. It had been siting for a year before purchase. Owner...

    Started by Otakugima, 10-28-2016 12:50 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    01-12-2017 02:29 PM Go to last post
  22. 84 Rabbit 1.6 Diesel question.

    Hi, I've got an 84 VW Rabbit that I've been wanting to get running recently. It's got a 1.6 Diesel and the story starts here. About 4 years ago we...

    Started by 84vwrabbit4, 01-08-2017 07:33 PM
    act, belt, diesel, driving, forum, forums, fuel, iced, loose, question, rabbit, rabbit diesel, replace, rpm, running, shop, star, starting, starts, suggestions, tensioner, time, timing, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 2
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    01-09-2017 12:09 AM Go to last post
  23. upshift light

    I have a 1984 gas 5 speed rabbit. I just replaced the backup switch. my reverse lights seem to work now. still no upshift light. Now i know ow to...

    Started by wsparks, 12-31-2016 04:47 PM
    1984, 5 speed, 84, backup, bulb, check, drive, forum, forums, gas, interested, keeping, light, lights, rabbit, replaced, reverse, speed, switch, upshift, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wha, work, working
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    12-31-2016 07:06 PM Go to last post
  24. Rack and pinion possible vibration

    I have been chasing a vibration problem for yrs. I think it have finally found it. The r & c seems to be so close to the body that it is causing...

    Started by Blue Haze, 12-29-2016 11:04 AM
    balls, cabriolet, couple, early, fit, good, hey, issues, lot, make, manual, mounts, passenger, pro, pump, rabbits, rack, racks, replace, similar, single, thought, turn, vibration, working
    • Replies: 1
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    12-29-2016 11:15 AM Go to last post
  25. 1981 Diesel - engine runaway at highway speeds

    Hi All I recently replaced the head gasket on my 1981 caddy diesel. Shortly after, I was driving around town for about 30-45 mins, and then I...

    Started by scapegoat, 12-26-2016 11:47 AM
    1981, bit, caddy, changed, check, diesel, driving, drove, effect, engine, experienced, head, head gasket, highway, ideas, issue, read, replaced, source, speed, speeds, time, tow, volkswagen, wondering
    • Replies: 3
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    12-27-2016 09:38 AM Go to last post
  26. 1981 vw rabbit diesel pickup gear problem

    Recently purchased a 1981 rabbit diesel pu. It had been sitting a while so I had to get the engine running. I did and it runs perfect. But the...

    Started by cedarhill, 11-25-2016 09:19 PM
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    12-23-2016 09:03 PM Go to last post
  27. anyone ever see this???

    Ok, I had a friends rabbid over the summer, put a webber kit on it now I'm the mechanic I guess. He called me the other day said it was running on...

    Started by deanbw, 12-21-2016 06:52 PM
    belt, called, coming, cover, day, engine, forum, forums, ground, high, hood, idle, kit, model, odd, owner, photobucket, pulley, running, sticking, thing, thought, timing, volkswagen, wrench
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 394
    12-22-2016 08:26 PM Go to last post
  28. crap, I think it's engine time

    Hello all, I have worked on this 1980 rabbit that belongs to a friend for about a year now, this last summer I put a webber kit on it and he and his...

    Started by deanbw, 12-17-2016 02:59 PM
    1980, bolt, crap, engine, engines, fine, fit, forum, forums, hurt, kit, las, mounts, questions, rabbit, silly, time, tran, tranny, volkswagen, vw rabbit, worked, world, year, years
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 478
    12-19-2016 11:06 AM Go to last post
  29. body work

    hi, i just got in an accident with my 82 diesel rabbit. they hit me right behind my rear wheel passenger side, the dent reaches up past my fuel fill,...

    Started by nmoussal, 12-06-2016 06:31 PM
    accident, body, color, deal, diesel, engine, forum, fuel, gray, hey, hit, light, mile, parts, rabbit, rear, rust, steering, suspension, swap, tail, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wheel, work
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 451
    12-16-2016 06:57 AM Go to last post
  30. Exhaust manifold, downpipe, catback: diesel vs petrol 1.6L

    Hey guys, this is probably a silly question, but I promise I'm trying to learn. :blind: I've got an '81 diesel that needs an entirely new exhaust,...

    Started by Faeric, 12-05-2016 02:55 PM
    aftermarket, blind, catback, diesel, differences, downpipe, engine, exhaust, forum, forums, google, guys, hey, manifold, mk1, parting, pipe, ques, question, rabbit, search, silly, sys, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 314
    12-06-2016 11:40 AM Go to last post
  31. '81 Diesel, new to me as of today! Many interesting issues...

    Hey all, New to the forum, VWs, and diesel engines. I acted on impulse and bought myself a cute little Rabbit earlier today, almost running, and...

    Started by Faeric, 12-04-2016 01:52 AM
    air, bubbles, change, clear, color, crap, diesel, engine, filter, fuel, gauge, head, hey, idle, inside, issues, motor, oil, open, remove, spec, today, unit, volkswagen, work
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 459
    12-05-2016 12:13 AM Go to last post
  32. 82' 1.6l diesel timing question

    I have a 1982 Vw Rabbit Diesel 1.6l that has been a super reliable daily commuter. I am in the process of doing the timing, I have my cam locked...

    Started by Codiakwells, 10-02-2016 06:16 PM
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    1982, crankshaft, daily, diesel, forum, forums, front, fuel, fuel pump, how to, kind, locking, pin, pump, question, rabbit, ready, removing, suggestions, super, tdc, tensioner, timing, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 26
    • Views: 1,219
    12-03-2016 09:13 PM Go to last post
  33. GTI versions..... Which is best.

    Well here is a link that I found today. http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/videos/a29053/volkswagen-golf-gti-seven-generations-driven/

    Started by briano1234, 11-20-2016 09:55 AM
    05, car, culture, drive, driven, forum, forums, generations, golf, gti, link, rack, res, rest, runs, today, videos, volkswagen
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 281
    11-26-2016 03:51 PM Go to last post
  34. 1981 Rabbit Pickup Tank Removal/Cleaning

    hey y'all, recently discovered some dirt had gotten into the fuel tank, looking to drop the tank and get it clean. Having the same issues...

    Started by digpup, 11-07-2016 12:36 PM
    1981, 1981 rabbit, air, caddy, clean, cleaning, diesel, drop, forum, forums, fuel, fuel tank, hey, issues, links, pickup, post, rabbit, removal, rollin, tank, time, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 490
    11-16-2016 02:34 PM Go to last post
  35. Injection pump rebuilt in Michigan?

    1982 Rabbit Diesel 1.6 I think my injection pump is leaking. It is a small one and I'm not all that worried about it right now but I'd like to get...

    Started by milesdleeg, 02-10-2014 03:45 PM
    1982, 400, break, cost, diesel, forum, forums, highest, injection, leaking, line, low, michigan, online, output, people, place, plan, posts, pump, rabbit, small, told, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 823
    11-16-2016 01:37 PM Go to last post

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