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    Re: Dash Dilema - Finish Installation of the Cabbie Dash in my Mk1 GTI?

    Thanks Again Brian,
    Found another 5 wires coming out of the same bundle as the instrument cluster wires - one goes to the parking brake light (as you said its on the left side or the dash) and 4 miscellaneous so off to the wiring diagrams!
    Wish me luck! E.

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    Re: Dash Dilema - Finish Installation of the Cabbie Dash in my Mk1 GTI?

    You don't need Luck, you have the diagrams and besides you know you are talking to the 2nd largest Leprechaun in the world.
    What do Divorces, Great Coffee and Cars all have in common?
    They all Start with good GROUNDS.
    Replace all of them that you can, 99 percent of flakiness will disappear.


    92, 93 Cabriolet.... 89, and 90 are Deceased.


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    Re: Dash Dilema - Finish Installation of the Cabbie Dash in my Mk1 GTI?

    Doesn't look like my response took...
    Thanks Brian. I found 5 unused wires in the bundle going to the instrument panel. One appears to be for the brake light - which I will have to wire to the brake light switch on the other side of the dash (as you indicated). So looks like I am going to be diving into the wiring diagrams.
    Best Regards, E.

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    Re: Dash Dilema - Finish Installation of the Cabbie Dash in my Mk1 GTI?

    No it posted, I re-read it then commented.
    5 unused wires may not be anything, post the colors here and I will assist, but I am not near my Haynes early Rabbit diagrams for another few hours.
    What do Divorces, Great Coffee and Cars all have in common?
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    Replace all of them that you can, 99 percent of flakiness will disappear.


    92, 93 Cabriolet.... 89, and 90 are Deceased.


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    Re: Dash Dilema - Finish Installation of the Cabbie Dash in my Mk1 GTI?

    Hey Brian,

    Really trying to learn how to fish - but at each turn I find a new type of fish! Thanks for the coaching.

    So here are the results of my investigation of the 5 wires...
    - White/Violet - likely seatbelt light (no longer needed)
    - Gray/Green - likely the parking brake light - need to run this to the light on the left side of the dash (I have the pigtail for this)
    - Yellow - appears to be related to the upshift light
    - Red/Black - one red/black is already connected to the tach so this appears related to upshift as well
    - Black/Green - maybe related to rear wiper in some way? (if I had one it was shaved off the hatch) BUT the clock is spliced into a Black/Green wire farther down on the harness (farther from the source) rather then connected to the "Red/Gray" wire it is supposed to be connected to. Not sure if I can switch the clock to this BK/GR wire instead to clean things up?

    Still unclear what to do with the currently not-connected BK/BL (9) cabby plug wire.. I have my oil pressure warning light on the harness connected to the "Low Oil pressure warning .3 bar" on the cabby plug. Seems I can only connect one of them to the cluster. Is this the best one?

    Oh yes - is the wide not sticky plastic tape wrapping my wires the factory wrapping? And does the factory use something that looks like friction tape to wrap places where one wire seems to be "split" into 2 or more wires of the same color? Trying to figure out what has been messed with!

    Thanks,

    Fumbling Fisherman!

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    Re: Dash Dilema - Finish Installation of the Cabbie Dash in my Mk1 GTI?

    Oh, and by the way, 2nd Largest Leprechaun? You have a "lucky charm" for this kind of work or VW's? E

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    Re: Dash Dilema - Finish Installation of the Cabbie Dash in my Mk1 GTI?

    So here are the results of my investigation of the 5 wires...
    - White/Violet - likely seatbelt light (no longer needed)


    Well if you have the Seat belt warning lamp on the Dash to the left of the cluster and below the headlight switch you can use it there or not.

    - Gray/Green - likely the parking brake light - need to run this to the light on the left side of the dash (I have the pigtail for this)

    it is also the low Brake Pressure indicator so yep from the Master Cylinder. Ties to ground via the parking brake.

    - Yellow - appears to be related to the upshift light

    NO. LOW pressure .03 bar OIL sender pin t14/11 on cluster.

    - Red/Black - one red/black is already connected to the tach so this appears related to upshift as well

    If the Tach works then probably correct. Tape it off.

    - Black/Green - maybe related to rear wiper in some way? (if I had one it was shaved off the hatch) BUT the clock is spliced into a Black/Green wire farther down on the harness (farther from the source) rather then connected to the "Red/Gray" wire it is supposed to be connected to. Not sure if I can switch the clock to this BK/GR wire instead to clean things up?

    Cabbies never had a rear wiper if it isn't hot or if it is hot (12V) tape it off.


    Still unclear what to do with the currently not-connected BK/BL (9) cabby plug wire.. I have my oil pressure warning light on the harness connected to the "Low Oil pressure warning .3 bar" on the cabby plug. Seems I can only connect one of them to the cluster. Is this the best one?


    That is the High 1.8 bar oil pressure switch in. It is a white sensor that is on top of the oil filter flange, you may not have that. Check the flange (white sender under rubber boot) If you don't have the sender then Tape it off. (it senses low oil pressures at HIGHer RPM's.)


    Oh yes - is the wide not sticky plastic tape wrapping my wires the factory wrapping? And does the factory use something that looks like friction tape to wrap places where one wire seems to be "split" into 2 or more wires of the same color? Trying to figure out what has been messed with!


    Factory was either Black Vinyl Sheathing, or a Friction Tape, never shiny electric tape. Used usually where wires branched off or could rub.


    Oh, and by the way, 2nd Largest Leprechaun? You have a "lucky charm" for this kind of work or VW's?

    2nd Largest was caused by my Son Exceeding my 6' height, he is 6'4 3/4". I am 100percent Native American, Never was born anywhere else and my folks were Native born as well, of Mostly probably 3/4 Irish Distraction. St. Patricks day is bigger to me than Christmas.
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    So I am current on the MK1 general things, know about the Early Westy's, Diesels and Cabriolets know of CIS no first hand knowledge, but understand Digifants, have been reading Blue Prints and Wiring Schematics for over 40 years from 1980-2015 worked for Large Computer Companies doing hardware/software support on large systems..... Old Mainframes didn't have mother boards, they were hard wired from board to board... and you had to know how to read diagrams of the Backplanes,,,and where signals came and went from.
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    Just changed the Interior and top last year from all white to Tan.



    That is about the 15th top I have installed,, I am pretty good at it.

    Yea, I am an old fart that knows what works, and what don't (usually)...... all my how to's are in the older Rabbit section on the DIY pages.
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    Last edited by briano1234; Today at 09:31 AM.
    What do Divorces, Great Coffee and Cars all have in common?
    They all Start with good GROUNDS.
    Replace all of them that you can, 99 percent of flakiness will disappear.


    92, 93 Cabriolet.... 89, and 90 are Deceased.


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