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    Thread: MK1 ABA swap, A1 ABA swap, Rabbit ABA swap, Rabbit 2.0 swap, 2.0 into A1, 2.0 into MK1, info thread

    1. Member andymccauley's Avatar
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      04-28-2012 12:29 PM #551
      Alright dudes got a few questions.

      What ru guys running for the top radiator hoses?

      Serp belt size with the VR6 water pump pulley?

      What hose combination works to connect the heater core?

      Used a rabbit o-ring for the rabbit thermostat housing. Correct?
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    2. 04-29-2012 11:13 PM #552
      Quote Originally Posted by MidwestDubMafia View Post
      Having a few minor issues

      1) im not getting my headlights to work, i have power to the end of the CE2 wiring, but once i spliced them together i cant get power to the light itself. im assuming im missing a ground wire somewhere

      2) i have no turn signals, i believe it was only 2 or 3 colormatched wires that i plugged in, is there some sort of relay or fuse i should check? did i need to wire in a relay?
      1) check for power at the head light plugs. the ground is a chassis ground right up by the headlights themselves

      2) it takes more than 2 or 3 color matched wires to make a MK1 stalk work with a full CE2 setup. we covered this a few pages back. you do not have to wire in an additional relay. you do have to crack open both the MK3 and MK1 bentleys and get it sorted. the setup is really straight forward to do with both books.


      Quote Originally Posted by andymccauley View Post
      Alright dudes got a few questions.

      What ru guys running for the top radiator hoses?

      Serp belt size with the VR6 water pump pulley?

      What hose combination works to connect the heater core?

      Used a rabbit o-ring for the rabbit thermostat housing. Correct?
      stock, just shortened.

      covered in first post.

      just play around with what you have, it takes some mixing and matching.

      yes.

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      04-30-2012 11:56 AM #553
      Cool ill post again when I get to the wiring. Full CE2 coming soon!
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      05-09-2012 02:13 AM #555
      Quote Originally Posted by A1steaksauce View Post
      yeah let us know.

      there's a few people running around on OBDII swaps without a VSS hooked up and aren't having any issues....strange you would.
      Finally got the TT chip in and it solved the the issue... Unfortunately, the solution to it is to set the rev limiter at 10k which means I needs to be extra careful.

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      05-09-2012 04:36 AM #556
      Just poppin and sayin my aba swap has been goin hard for 2.5 years now.




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      05-13-2012 12:11 AM #557
      Random question ive got a obd1 aba swap going into my rabbit. I recently pulled a full ecu/motor harness from a donor car but in my absentminded ness I forgot the fuel pump relay wiring and ignition wiring for the swap...I've got an obd2 full parts car at my disposal wondering If those 2 sections I need are interchangeable? Or do I need to make another trip to the yard!?
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    7. 05-13-2012 12:13 AM #558
      Quote Originally Posted by akabigmike2 View Post
      Random question ive got a obd1 aba swap going into my rabbit. I recently pulled a full ecu/motor harness from a donor car but in my absentminded ness I forgot the fuel pump relay wiring and ignition wiring for the swap...I've got an obd2 full parts car at my disposal wondering If those 2 sections I need are interchangeable? Or do I need to make another trip to the yard!?
      the obdII ignition loom and obdII fuel pump wiring/loom will be pretty much identical to the obdI stuffs so you're good to go

      also, don't forget to grab the instrument cluster looms

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      05-13-2012 12:17 AM #559
      Awesome! Thanks for the quick response now I can go in pull em tonight

      I have the obd1 full cluster and cluster loom from the original donor car
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      05-14-2012 08:31 AM #560
      Here is my rabbit truck w an obd2 aba w ac non cut up core support.











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    10. 05-17-2012 12:27 AM #561
      i like details on your a/c setup good sir?


      and i remember a while back when you had that red sport truck up for sale...man that was tempting something fierce

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      05-17-2012 02:53 AM #562
      It's an aba compressor even though a g60 one is pictured in one of the shots.

      You move the compressor so the bottom compressor tabs mount on the top slot of the bracket. Cut the lower alt tabs off the bracket, make the alt and the compressor meet and run a bolt through them both.




      The rest is just an adapter block and new rubber lines w 134a fittings, mk1 evap and condenser.
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    12. 05-17-2012 11:52 AM #563
      thanks! if you don't mind i'm going to update the first page with your setup

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      05-17-2012 04:34 PM #564
      Let me know if you want more specific pictures. It's alittle crowded now but I'm sure we can take what's needed. In replacing a radiator in it next week so I might be able to get something then.

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    14. 05-17-2012 07:16 PM #565
      Quote Originally Posted by Sputterputz View Post
      Let me know if you want more specific pictures. It's alittle crowded now but I'm sure we can take what's needed. In replacing a radiator in it next week so I might be able to get something then.

      Sal
      i'd love to see some more pics from different angles i'll throw them in with the others.

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      05-18-2012 11:58 PM #566
      So upon some further research (with trying to figure out diagrams and using test light)... my issues with wiring and the cluster not working properly and such... I used a test light and tested all the power input to the mk1 box and it seems to be getting power just fine... Would a single relay (or multiples) having gone bad cause issues such as that. It The only thing that works normal it seems would be my headlights (lights turn off in "high beam" selection) and brake lights.
      Temp sensor doesn't work, so fan doesn't come on. Turn signals don't work, but the LED in the cluster comes on solid (makes me think it's a bad ground, but that doesn't seem to be the case... Maybe relay?). Radio doesn't get power while the key is in accessories, or run position. Fuel gauge doesn't work (assuming it's related to the cluster not getting power properly).

      A buddy of mine is pretty knowledgeable, but he is super busy and hasn't had a chance to come by to help me with the fight. So does anyone have any idea? Because I am at a complete loss...
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    16. 05-19-2012 12:08 AM #567
      your aux fan works independently from your temp gauge. one can work while the other does not fyi.

      you said you're piggy backing the motor setup....makes me ask, did all your mk1 wiring work correctly before you did the motor swap?

      there's no one relay that controls everything, only multiple relays controlling individual systems. and you'd have to simply sit down with a MK1 bentley and a multi meter and sort thru each thing individually.

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      05-19-2012 12:25 PM #568
      Quote Originally Posted by A1steaksauce View Post
      you said you're piggy backing the motor setup....makes me ask, did all your mk1 wiring work correctly before you did the motor.
      As far as i know, everything worked just fine. Only thing that didn't work before i pulled everything was the reverse lights. But that was just something stupid i never felt like fixing. I made the mistake of completely stripping the interior while i was pulling everything. Took out full wiring, dash and everything. Turns out about halfway through i realized i was going to change things up a bit and not do a full ce2 swap and just do the piggyback method. Not sure if that was a smart call or not.
      I just got a multimeter, need to sit down and check things out. I have not used a multimeter before... Not sure why... Ha ha
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    18. 05-19-2012 12:56 PM #569
      Quote Originally Posted by SeattleDownhill View Post
      As far as i know, everything worked just fine. Only thing that didn't work before i pulled everything was the reverse lights. But that was just something stupid i never felt like fixing. I made the mistake of completely stripping the interior while i was pulling everything. Took out full wiring, dash and everything. Turns out about halfway through i realized i was going to change things up a bit and not do a full ce2 swap and just do the piggyback method. Not sure if that was a smart call or not.
      I just got a multimeter, need to sit down and check things out. I have not used a multimeter before... Not sure why... Ha ha
      it sounds like you don't have something correctly hooked up and/or are missing some things.

      if everything worked correctly before you know everything is good.

      it is gonna take some time but if you sit down with the bentley and simply double check everything i'm sure you'll find and fix the problems

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      05-22-2012 08:43 PM #570
      Anyone got a close up of where/how you routed the wires to the ecu and mounted it? Looking for ideas.
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      05-22-2012 08:59 PM #571
      mines mounted inside the cabin where the o2 control unit was

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      05-22-2012 10:30 PM #572
      Why do I not seem to have the ecu constant power wire? I have a yellow plug with a black and yellow wire that fits into that slot, and a blue plug with a blue wire also.

      Also is there another loom I need to get the red ignition plug that I piggy back into? The car I'm getting everything from is getting scrapped soon, and now I'm not sure I have everything

      What I have, the yellow plug all the way to the right is what I'm talking about.



      Any help is appreciated, this is only my second motor swap and the first that actually involves wires

      Edit: harness is out of a 95 OBD1 5 speed golf, if that helps.
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      05-23-2012 12:00 AM #573
      Quote Originally Posted by anlxn View Post
      mines mounted inside the cabin where the o2 control unit was
      Got a pic to post? what grommet did you use? Or Cut a hole that matched the rubber for the rain tray in the firewall? Was thinking of cutting a notch in the rain tray like the donor car, mounting points would b an issue then though ..
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    23. 05-23-2012 01:29 AM #574
      Quote Originally Posted by tgibson View Post
      Why do I not seem to have the ecu constant power wire? I have a yellow plug with a black and yellow wire that fits into that slot, and a blue plug with a blue wire also.

      Also is there another loom I need to get the red ignition plug that I piggy back into? The car I'm getting everything from is getting scrapped soon, and now I'm not sure I have everything

      What I have, the yellow plug all the way to the right is what I'm talking about.

      Any help is appreciated, this is only my second motor swap and the first that actually involves wires

      Edit: harness is out of a 95 OBD1 5 speed golf, if that helps.
      your obdI harness should have the small red plug with a red w/white stripped wire. the plug might have gotten cut as i see some other wires floating around.

      to piggy back the box you need the ignition loom (red plugs), the instrument cluster loom (blue plugs), and part of the fuel pump loom (black plug with 4 wires, M position on ce2 box).

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      05-23-2012 06:51 AM #575
      Quote Originally Posted by A1steaksauce View Post
      your obdI harness should have the small red plug with a red w/white stripped wire. the plug might have gotten cut as i see some other wires floating around.

      to piggy back the box you need the ignition loom (red plugs), the instrument cluster loom (blue plugs), and part of the fuel pump loom (black plug with 4 wires, M position on ce2 box).
      The only wires I cut were an all yellow and a grey with white stripe going up into the dash. The only red with white striped wire I have is coming off that grey seperate relay that says 53 on it.

      Edit, I take it I need to go back to the donor car and follow those 2 wires I snipped
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