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    1. 11-21-2002 02:29 AM #1
      Following in the footsteps of some other forums it would be a time saver and useful resource for newer Mk1 owners for us to have a FAQ/DIY thread for this forum.
      Please add appropriate material to this thread; the things that are repeated will be deleted unless the general consensus is that they are more complete than the one that they come after.
      This isn't a chat thread but a manuscript of sorts to help out our fellow enthusiasts.

    2. 11-21-2002 03:23 AM #2
      Don't touch anything until you purchase a BENTLEY MANUAL

      Read it use it and throw away your Chilton piece of BM

    3. 11-21-2002 05:22 AM #3

      <rant about Mk1 not = A1 removed>
      Forthcoming history of the Marquee & naming conventions to follow.


      [Modified by TBerk, 5:10 AM 11-29-2002]

    4. Member vwrabbit's Avatar
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      11-21-2002 10:35 AM #4
      Better breathing tips:
      Any A2 throttle body will work after you swap linkages from your A1 TB over. You will then either need to port the TB opening to allow the larger butterfly, or pick up a Fox intake.
      Also, for anyone that has the "toilet bowl" exhaust manifold, you can replace it with a better flowing 4-into-2 design from an early gas or any diesel. Some diesels also have a "toilet bowl" design, but flows much better than the gas version, very similar to the 4-into-2 design.
      These 2 modifications are a must before trying to push any more HP from your engine.

    5. Member imaradiostar's Avatar
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      11-21-2002 02:13 PM #5
      I suppose the core support question will come up, anyone who knows better feel free to augment this.
      If you have a square headlight rabbit and would like the round headlight look you'll need the radiator core support and fenders from a round headlight car. This means cabriolets up till 1992 or german-made rabbits of almost any year.
      The core support has several weld points that can be drilled out, freeing the support so it can be put on another car. It will have to be welded on...
      Fenders can be a real bugger to remove from the donor car without destroying them. Use your bentley manual (if you don't have one yet, order one NOW!) to help identify the locations of the screws/bolts holding the fender on. A small propane torch can be used to heat the undercoating that has most likely hardened, gluing the fenders to the body. Vortex member EVPusher cites that biodiesel is also very good for softening the old VW undercoating.
      There are several who have managed to use round headlight fenders with a square headlight core support. YMMV...
      A good supplier for new aftermarket A1 core supports can be found at www.veeparts.com. This place is a great supplier for many kinds of VW parts including turn signal lenses, window seals, and door seals. VW Cabriolet fenders used to be available through JC Whitney but now you'd most likely have to get them from http://www.autobodypartsonline.com/ or a similar vendor. Most people just go to a local junkyard and grab them from a donor car...

    6. 11-21-2002 02:27 PM #6
      Want to do a turbo junkyard swap from a VW TD? Check out this how to thread in the FI forum:
      In addition, I have some good info on parts for turboing CIS.
      Use an audi 5000 Turbo or Volvo 240 Turbo warm up regulator with the 2 vacumn ports on the side of it. This is good to get extra fuel under boost.
      Should support 7 psi NOT intercooled and about 9-10 with a good intercooler.
      If you want more power and are willing to stay below 220HP then add on a Volvo 240 TURBO fuel distributor. You will need two extra #1 fuel lines from your favorite junkyard A1. This distributor flows 40-50 more HP worth of fuel than the stock unit.
      I also suggest a dual vacumn port advance mechanism from an early gas rabbit. By leaving the back port open, your timing will retard under boost which helps to prevent against detination.

      There is also a Saab APC boost control unit from bosch, but I have yet to find anyone who knows how it works!
      If you want more than 220HP from your A1, it will be best for you to swap to Digi 1 injection. I do not know enough about this to give info.... Anyone?

    7. 11-21-2002 04:18 PM #7
      someone PLEASE post mpg specs for cars and possibly mpg specs for modded cars and what the mods are!!!!!! that topic comes up ALL too often.

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      11-21-2002 08:58 PM #8
      CIS vs. CIS-e (for left hand drive cars)
      You have CIS if you have:
      A fuel distributor on the drivers side of the engine compartment,
      a control pressure regulator on the front of the engine (2 stainless braided lines going to it)
      And for those that are not that technical - windshield washer resivior is on the passenger side
      You have CIS-e if:
      You Fuel distributor is on the passenger side (some early A2 car's had CIS in this configuration)
      there is no pressure regulator on the front of the engine
      your washer fluid resivior is on the drivers side
      Digifant 2 systems (and the rest) use a fuel rail and an air-flow sensor (MAF-Mass Air Flow)(instead of a metering plate). Digifant 1 systems (used on the Corrado G60 and some california cars) are similar, but use a manifold pressure sensor (MAP-Manifold Absolute Pressure).

      Modified by Krautwagen at 9:44 PM 4-4-2005

    9. 11-21-2002 09:09 PM #9

    10. 11-21-2002 11:49 PM #10
      An awesome site gor the basics and such... excellent tech info. Bad Habit Rabbit page!

    11. 11-22-2002 07:07 PM #11
      O.k, here we go...
      ABA swap
      CIS/CIS-E Diagnostics
      Lots of info, European page but go to "tekstit" and find tons o' English info.
      Go to "tuning tips"
      Probably the best overall site ever
      Products for sale but awesome shift linkage info.
      If you swapped a 2.0L 16V in
      Various Mods
      That's my contribution from many hours of searches

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      11-23-2002 03:57 PM #12
      Couple more resource sites:
      http://www.nwlink.com/~vdb/cars.html Lots of good info.
      http://dubtuning.com New site, will be great as it fills up with quality info.
      http://scirocco.org Lots of usefull illustrated info. Not just for sciroccos.

    13. 11-24-2002 12:02 AM #13
      I got some ideas... how about soem info on the ever so popular dash swap like the cabby and mk2 dash as a start.

    14. 11-24-2002 11:46 AM #14
      You mean like this?

      [Modified by Dirtydog, 7:55 AM 11-24-2002]

    15. 11-25-2002 04:58 PM #15
      Installing Cabby/Jetta dash in US-built Rabbit
      Get some 1" flat stock, a little over a foot will be more than enough. Cut a length to fit the side brackets in the car, and mark/drill two holes so you can bolt it to the in-car bracket (we'll call it the "adapter piece"). Use the existing dash screws, just like mounting the dash.
      Now put your Cabby dash in place, exactly where you think it should mount. Thru the two holes on the side of the dash, mark the adapter piece that is bolted to the car. Remove dash.
      Drill out the two marks on your adapter piece, slide two screw clips onto it, and put everything back together.
      If you did it right, everything should line up, and you will be able to mount your Cabby dash in a factory-looking manner.

      [Modified by bluerrrabbit, 11:35 PM 11-28-2002]

    16. 11-25-2002 06:36 PM #16
      For those who want to go turbo... CIS upgrades vs. SDS EIC

    17. Member RabbitGTDguy's Avatar
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      11-25-2002 09:25 PM #17
      What about a DIY for sunroof adjustment after installing a new seal and that...i went as per Bentley and still don't have it perfect...
      81 Rabbit GTD

    18. 11-25-2002 11:02 PM #18
      homemade poly motor mounts http://importnut.net/motormount.htm

    19. Member sirhc's Avatar
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      11-29-2002 05:22 AM #19
      For digifant 1 swaps, look here under the DIY section... www.snstuning.com

    20. Member vwrabbit's Avatar
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      12-02-2002 02:44 PM #20
      What to look for when buying a bunny:
      1) Check for rust! Here are a few places to look:
      - Strut towers
      - Rockers
      - Around rear tail lights
      - Spare tire well
      - Passenger foot wells
      - Remove the gas cap and check for rust.
      - If you can, remove the right rear tire and check the filler neck for rust also.
      2) Check for stress cracks! Since these cars are almost all 20+ years old...
      - Look underneath the front end. Where the control arm meets the body, check for stress cracks.
      - Look under the rear end. Check for cracks or even serious rust around where the rear axle bolts to the body.
      3) Check the fuse box for corrosion. This is usually a sign of water leaking in via the windshield seal, speedo grommet, or antenna grommet.
      4) Feel the carpet below the fuse box for wetness. Again, this is a sign of a water leak.
      5) If this will not be a serious project, aka engine swap, make sure all of the wiring under the hood and elsewhere for that matter, hasn't been all spliced together. If it is, it's a sure sign you'll have problems with something electrical later on.
      6) If the seller is claiming exact mileage, make sure the odometer actually spins. VWs have a tendency to stop working due to a brittle gear cracking.
      That's all I can think of off the top of my head. If anyone has any other things to watch out for, feel free to post them.

    21. Senior Member vdubspeed's Avatar
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      12-03-2002 02:55 AM #21
      A1 AirConditioning Complete Removal write up:
      Built > Bought
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    22. Member The Nothing's Avatar
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      12-06-2002 03:14 PM #22
      Picture Threads (my biggest peeve)
      Cabriolet - http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=233727
      Rally Rabbits - http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=173146
      Jettas - http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=274833
      Rabbits with 16" wheels - http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=251632
      more to come (if you have more ideas, IM them to me...)
      aka PDX Cabby

      You're post makes me wanna because we already talked about this many years ago.

    23. Member TimboAA's Avatar
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      12-06-2002 07:21 PM #23
      Here is a list that was compiled of places to shop online for parts through people here on the Golf I/Jetta I forum. I hope it gives people ideas on places to go. This is not advertisement space, just a place to reference to when looking for places to buy parts online, because we all know how hard that can be. If someone comes across a good site, IM me and I'll edit this post and add it to the list.

      Here is the list:
      Techtonics Tuning www.tttuning.com
      Neuspeed www.neuspeed.com
      Pottermans (Virtual World Parts) - http://www.parts4vws.com
      RPI - http://www.rpi-equipped.com/
      Autotech - http://www.autotech.com/
      Rocky Mountain Motorworks - http://www.motorworks.com
      Memo Imports - http://www.memoimports.com/
      J's House of Euro - http://www.jshouseofeuro.com/
      Platinum Euro Parts - http://www.platinumeuroparts.com
      Cheap OEM Parts - http://www.foreigncarpartsonline.com
      JC Whitney - http://www.jcwhitney.com
      http://catalog.discount-vw-parts.com OEM Parts that they deliver FAST!!!
      Awesome GTI - http://www.awesome-gti.com
      Euro Parts Inc. - http://www.europartsinc.com/
      SWG Motorsports - www.swgmotorsport.com
      Venom Motorsports - http://venommotorsport.com
      Adirndack Auto Brokers - http://www.germanautoparts.com
      Cheaper OEM parts (avolkswagenpart) - http://www.avolkswagenpart.com
      Concept-1 VW Werks - www.c1vw.com
      NGP Racing - www.ngpracing.com
      SK Motor Sport - www.skperf.com
      Volkswagen Interior Restoration - www.vwupholstery.com
      MissLinkz Shift Linkage Upgrades - http://www.missinglinkz.com
      AEI Performance - http://www.aeiperformance.com/vw.htm
      OldSkool Industries - http://www.oldskoolindustries.com
      www.paintscratch.com - Factory matched paint in cans
      Rabbit Parts/RSJ Parts - http://www.rabbitparts.com Exterior restoration panels & more

      List by -vertigo-:
      General Parts, Accessories -- used & new
      Autosport Volkswagen
      Awesome GTI Store
      German Auto Parts
      German Car Company
      J Bugs
      JC Whitney
      M&T Manufacturing
      Rapid Parts
      Specialized German Recycling
      The Parts Bin
      Vee Parts & Accessories
      Volks Bits (UK)
      VW Parts.com
      VW Swap.com
      Performance Parts & Related Accessories
      Advanced Motorsport
      Concept 1
      DÄT Autosport
      Dubtechnik Tuning
      Elcats.ru *
      Eurosport ACC
      GPR Parts
      Hawk Performance
      Import Vision Motorsports
      Memo Imports
      OMP Racing
      Perfect Image Creations
      Platinum Europarts
      Techtonics Tuning
      TMT Tuning
      TSR Performance
      Misc search sites:
      Alldata (recalls, technical bulletins, etc.)
      Gapa (parts stores)
      Partsvoice (search for OEM parts and where they're located in the USA)
      Top / Interior Sources
      Cabrio World
      Corbeau seats
      J Bugs
      M&T Manufacturing
      Meister gauge faces
      VW Interiors and Tops
      Wet Okole seat covers
      Floor Mats, Car Covers, Car Bras, Bike Racks & Other Vehicle Accessories
      Beverly Hills Motorsport
      Body Styling & Kits
      ABD Racing
      AMI Motorsports
      Concept 1
      Erebuni Corp
      EStrictly Foreign
      NOPI online
      Perfect Choice Motorsports
      TMT Tuning
      **Google to find them**

      [Modified by TimboAA, 6:48 AM 12-7-2002]

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      Modified by TimboAA at 10:07 AM 4-6-2005

    24. 12-09-2002 02:04 AM #24
      Anyone got a link for some good quality replacement door panels besides JC Whitney's products which I heard wasn't the greatest.

    25. 12-09-2002 08:48 PM #25
      Tranny gear ratios:

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