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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
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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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  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
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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
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  1. 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: 6
    • Views: 758
    Today 05:54 AM Go to last post
  2. 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
  3. 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: 646
    04-17-2017 05:48 PM Go to last post
  4. 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: 2
    • Views: 862
    04-17-2017 11:35 AM Go to last post
  5. 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
  6. 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: 3
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    04-16-2017 07:31 AM Go to last post
  7. 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: 621
    04-14-2017 03:43 PM Go to last post
  8. 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
    • Views: 547
    04-13-2017 01:19 AM Go to last post
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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: 655
    04-04-2017 12:14 PM Go to last post
  12. 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: 1,122
    04-03-2017 08:25 AM Go to last post
  13. 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
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    04-02-2017 01:43 PM Go to last post
  14. 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
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    04-01-2017 03:24 PM Go to last post
  15. 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
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    03-26-2017 08:48 AM Go to last post
  16. 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
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    03-21-2017 12:46 PM Go to last post
  17. 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: 490
    03-20-2017 02:23 PM Go to last post
  18. 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: 977
    03-19-2017 06:10 AM Go to last post
  19. 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
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    03-17-2017 07:31 PM Go to last post
  20. 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: 202
    03-13-2017 03:07 PM Go to last post
  21. 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
  22. 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: 534
    03-09-2017 10:07 AM Go to last post
  23. 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: 548
    03-06-2017 05:02 PM Go to last post
  24. 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
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    03-04-2017 08:27 PM Go to last post
  25. 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: 825
    03-04-2017 08:08 PM Go to last post
  26. 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: 746
    03-03-2017 05:42 PM Go to last post
  27. '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
    • Views: 1,165
    03-01-2017 01:58 PM Go to last post
  28. 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: 329
    02-28-2017 08:57 AM Go to last post
  29. 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: 549
    02-27-2017 11:05 AM Go to last post
  30. 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: 415
    02-24-2017 09:41 PM Go to last post
  31. 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: 491
    02-24-2017 12:13 PM Go to last post
  32. 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: 671
    02-21-2017 10:11 PM Go to last post
  33. 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: 264
    02-19-2017 09:48 AM Go to last post
  34. 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: 339
    02-19-2017 09:27 AM Go to last post
  35. 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: 445
    02-05-2017 12:29 PM Go to last post

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