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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. '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: 12
    • Views: 671
    Yesterday 05:12 PM Go to last post
  2. 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
  3. 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: 2
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    01-19-2017 08:03 PM Go to last post
  4. 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: 243
    01-18-2017 08:20 PM Go to last post
  5. 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
  6. 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
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    01-17-2017 09:19 PM Go to last post
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
    • Views: 321
    01-12-2017 02:29 PM Go to last post
  10. 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
    • Views: 201
    01-09-2017 12:09 AM Go to last post
  11. 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
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 258
    12-31-2016 07:06 PM Go to last post
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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    12-22-2016 08:26 PM Go to last post
  16. 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
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    12-19-2016 11:06 AM Go to last post
  17. 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
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    12-16-2016 06:57 AM Go to last post
  18. 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, 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: 1
    • Views: 193
    12-06-2016 03:39 PM Go to last post
  19. 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: 280
    12-06-2016 11:40 AM Go to last post
  20. '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: 351
    12-05-2016 12:13 AM Go to last post
  21. 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: 1,031
    12-03-2016 09:13 PM Go to last post
  22. 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: 237
    11-26-2016 03:51 PM Go to last post
  23. 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: 436
    11-16-2016 02:34 PM Go to last post
  24. 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
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    11-16-2016 01:37 PM Go to last post
  25. Rabbit for parts

    Hi! I've got the old Rabbit 81 in my driveway. Rusty. And spare engine. Hoped to fix it. Anybody interested to get her for parts? I'm in Coquitlam...

    Started by sda, 09-13-2016 02:46 PM
    81, brake, ca, canada, car, engine, fix, forum, forums, interested, lower, offer, part, parts, performance, rabbit, rabbit 81, rusty, spare, springs, vancouver, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wheel
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 479
    11-16-2016 11:44 AM Go to last post
  26. Another new Rabbit owner

    I just picked up my first Rabbit, an 83 Turbodiesel. It's a bit rough around the edges, was originally a nice silver green color but a previous...

    Started by 4x4_Welder, 11-14-2016 12:23 AM
    boost, car, cold, color, crazy, drive, end, exhaust, forum, gear, green, hey, moving, muffler, owner, picked, rabbit, red, road, rust, silver, stock, tires, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 373
    11-14-2016 10:45 PM Go to last post
  27. At a Loss: No Power

    Oh, the ups and the downs. Bought an '81 Rabbit Diesel 1.6 L (car, not cabby) about a month ago. She runs, and then she doesn't, and then I track...

    Started by thisisbrian90, 03-30-2015 07:57 PM
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    • Replies: 62
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    11-13-2016 01:13 PM Go to last post
  28. Lightbulb Flasher Trouble Any Advice?

    Just got a 1983 VW Rabbit and been welding and cleaning up the body getting it ready for inspection and the right blinker blinks twice as fast all...

    Started by Lucassayers7, 11-08-2016 11:18 PM
    advice, blinkers, body, brakes, car, check, electrical issues, end, fast, flashers, forum, fuel, fuel pump, headlights, lights, lower, oem, rabbit, relay, road, spec, volkswagen, vw rabbit, welding, work
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 487
    11-10-2016 11:48 AM Go to last post
  29. picture request briano1234

    can you post up pictures of your rain/drip guards you made on your convertible, inside to see where and how you attached them and outside view....

    Started by 781rabbid83, 11-08-2016 08:52 PM
    attached, briano, ca, convertible, forum, glass, guards, hey, inside, make, occurs, pic, picture, pictures, pos, post, rain, request, side, sir, top, ver, view, volkswagen, window
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 210
    11-09-2016 08:46 AM Go to last post
  30. 1981 Diesel Rabbit 1.6NA Fuel Starved Air in Lines

    Hello again, Problem is now solved :cool: (Dropping fuel tank and cleaning fuel screen fixed air in lines originating from tank. This was the...

    Started by thehive76, 10-17-2013 01:24 PM
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    • Replies: 21
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    11-07-2016 07:08 PM Go to last post
  31. 1981 VW Pickup

    I have restored my 1981 VW Pickup I put a high out put turbo diesel with inter cooler from Germany.

    Started by vw041112, 10-09-2016 05:13 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 385
    11-06-2016 03:53 PM Go to last post
  32. 1982 Caddy Air Box

    So I bought my caddy from a guy who had another that he uses as a daily driver and he suggested that I switch out the air box with another model...

    Started by FancyRamen, 11-04-2016 12:00 PM
    1982, air, appreciated, bet, bought, box, caddy, daily, driver, engine, filter, guy, hard, kinda, model, numbers, oil, pic, picture, replace, resources, setup, suggested, switch, things
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 343
    11-05-2016 08:28 AM Go to last post
  33. resonator

    does anyone know what a "resonator" does? they are also called pre-mufflers and are on diesel and gas vehicles without a catalytic converter

    Started by James Seahill, 10-28-2016 05:25 PM
    air, called, catalytic converter, check, converter, diesel, end, exhaust, gas, hey, hot, info, make, muffler, mufflers, pipe, pre, resonator, sound, vehicles, ver, volkswagen, wha, wi
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 314
    11-01-2016 11:31 AM Go to last post
  34. My '81 Diesel

    I guess it's time to start one of those "My car" project logs! :drive: I recently sold off a couple of cars and started looking for a work driver...

    Started by russman, 08-15-2015 07:10 PM
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    • Replies: 37
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    10-29-2016 11:37 AM Go to last post
  35. Just got my fist rabbit. Need help.

    Want to start off by saying Thank you for taking time to help. I just got the car. It is a a 1982 rabbit L its the fuel injected one. I got it from...

    Started by Dashing_McHandsome, 10-27-2016 09:18 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 346
    10-29-2016 05:23 AM Go to last post

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