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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: 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
  3. 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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    01-16-2017 08:07 PM 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
    • Views: 46,286
    05-19-2015 10:14 PM Go to last post
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  1. 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, Yesterday 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: 3
    • Views: 347
    Yesterday 07:43 PM Go to last post
  2. 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: 949
    Yesterday 08:48 AM 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, 02-23-2017 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: 12
    • Views: 600
    03-23-2017 06:29 AM Go to last post
  4. 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: 3
    • Views: 663
    03-21-2017 02:27 PM Go to last post
  5. 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: 1,042
    03-21-2017 12:46 PM Go to last post
  6. 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: 4
    • Views: 402
    03-20-2017 02:23 PM Go to last post
  7. 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: 929
    03-19-2017 06:10 AM Go to last post
  8. 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: 32
    • Views: 34,999
    03-17-2017 07:31 PM Go to last post
  9. 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: 3
    • Views: 474
    03-17-2017 05:25 AM Go to last post
  10. 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: 1
    • Views: 161
    03-13-2017 03:07 PM Go to last post
  11. 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: 1
    • Views: 429
    03-10-2017 12:53 PM Go to last post
  12. 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
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    03-09-2017 11:09 PM Go to last post
  13. 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 02:08 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: 12
    • Views: 489
    03-09-2017 10:07 AM Go to last post
  14. Looking to purchase a 1978 Rabbit Diesel

    Hello everybody, I do not currently own a VW rabbit, but my wife and I are kind of in the search for a second car, and I found a 1978 Rabbit Diesel...

    Started by Granddd, 03-06-2017 01:38 PM
    78 rabbit, bad, buy, car, cars, deal, diesel, for sale, forum, forums, good, hard, kind, link, offer, page, pic, pictures, purchase, rabbit, sale, search, short, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 509
    03-06-2017 05:02 PM Go to last post
  15. Hard t start after sitting 82' Rabbit

    I have a 82' rabbit 1.7L 4cyl FI SOHC manual that has issues with starting after it sits. If I don't hold the gas down while keeping the key held...

    Started by daxx, 03-29-2016 06:15 PM
    art, battery, begins, changed, cyl, die, don, filter, forum, forums, fuel, gas, hard, hold, idle, issues, key, manual, rabbit, star, start, starting, volkswagen, vw rabbit, working
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 576
    03-04-2017 08:27 PM Go to last post
  16. First start on '81 diesel after sitting 6 mons

    Hey there - have an '81 diesel that has not been started in a while - maybe a year. Looling for advice on what should be checked before I try to turn...

    Started by grayfther, 12-16-2008 07:28 PM
    advice, belt, buzz, change, charge, connection, dash, diesel, disconnect, drivers, hey, ion, issue, key, lights, mons, passenger, pressure, sea, seat, sitting, start, starting, switch, time, weekend, wire
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 788
    03-04-2017 08:08 PM Go to last post
  17. 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, 02-01-2017 11:21 PM
    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: 11
    • Views: 629
    03-03-2017 05:42 PM Go to last post
  18. '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 11:56 AM
    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: 17
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    03-01-2017 01:58 PM Go to last post
  19. 5speed transmission

    my transmission is finally biting the dust. gears have progressively gotten stickier, i decided to run it until it was no longer safe, and that time...

    Started by nmoussal, 02-27-2017 11:45 PM
    5speed, access, aftermarket, bad, bushings, color, dust, finally, forum, forums, free, gears, gray, job, mobile, parts, rabbit, run, special, speed, taking, time, transmission, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 289
    02-28-2017 08:57 AM Go to last post
  20. 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 09:35 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: 8
    • Views: 512
    02-27-2017 11:05 AM Go to last post
  21. 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 01:26 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: 377
    02-24-2017 09:41 PM Go to last post
  22. 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 01:24 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: 451
    02-24-2017 12:13 PM Go to last post
  23. 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 10:46 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: 621
    02-21-2017 10:11 PM Go to last post
  24. 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 09:48 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
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 230
    02-19-2017 09:48 AM Go to last post
  25. 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 08:58 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
    • Views: 305
    02-19-2017 09:27 AM Go to last post
  26. 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 07:44 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
    • Views: 395
    02-05-2017 12:29 PM Go to last post
  27. 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 03:04 AM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 426
    02-04-2017 04:34 PM Go to last post
  28. 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 09:37 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
    • Views: 294
    01-28-2017 08:17 AM Go to last post
  29. 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 09:03 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
    • Views: 512
    01-27-2017 02:39 PM Go to last post
  30. 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 07:25 PM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 419
    01-19-2017 11:36 PM Go to last post
  31. 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 01:01 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: 536
    01-18-2017 07:20 PM Go to last post
  32. 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 05:37 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
    • Views: 282
    01-17-2017 08:32 PM Go to last post
  33. 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 12:32 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: 311
    01-17-2017 08:19 PM Go to last post
  34. 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 09:54 AM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 371
    01-17-2017 10:32 AM Go to last post
  35. 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 01:48 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
    • Views: 431
    01-13-2017 08:06 PM Go to last post

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