Hello all! Life as a MK-I Rabbit owner has been an adventure to say the least. The last two people who owned my 1981 Rabbit did a lot of work on it themselves and it was abundantly clear they did not know what they were doing.
Long story short- They replaced the 4 speed transmission with a 5 speed transmission without swapping out all the linkage as well. This left me with no reverse, a situation I would like to remedy.
But I need some linkage for a 5 speed from a Rabbit truck or car. Apparently any 5 speed manual VW from around that time may help. If anyone here knows what I am talking about and can point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated.
Make sure that you have the proper linkage kits.
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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.
And don`t even bother buying it used, new "rebuild" kits are cheap and will keep you going for a long time.
The bushing kit that is included will rebuild some of the rods on the transmission.
I can`t tell you if you also need the relay shaft and rod, but I doubt it.
Thank you all! After I posted this the website suggested additional posts that were similar. I contacted a Rabbit shop on the east coast and they had the inexpensive kits available but only for the "wear parts". The VW Parts Place had the two connecting rods/shifting arms that are different from the 4 to 5 speed. That should do the trick, right? Guess I'll know after they get here Wednesday! The Rabbit shop on the east coast also sent me diagrams of the 4 and 5 speed setups which I thought were helpful. All in all I just wanted to say thanks for the tips and advice, can't wait to get my rabbit back on the road!