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Unread 09-17-2008, 11:32 PM   #1
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Ok so I've always found the old rabbits to be sex. So I found one for $1,600 CAD in great physical shape. No rust, new brakes, floor pans, and suspension bushings. It also has a 2.0L ABA from a 95 jetta with a header, k-jetronic cis injection.

The only problem is that the engine is noisy in the head but runs good.

My question is this, is it worth buying? Can it be upgraded? Anything worth knowing about that engine?

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I'm also ready to swap the engine for a 16v or a VR6... but only if I really have to.

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Most of the time if you have noise in the head it's your HLA's not getting enough oil.
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Depends on how clean it is.

CIS on an ABA? hmmm doesnt sound like a good idea. Personally, I think the benefits of an ABA swap into an older vehicle are due to EFI. By putting CIS on an ABA you are probably losing a lot of the ~20hp gain, as well as sacrificing the reliability of Motronic EFI. If you're any good with wiring, get a solid ABA swap and do that...The rabbit is so light that even the 115hp is plenty to make it real peppy. Or I guess you could keep the CIS and throw a 16v in there. There was no such thing as a 16v with EFI in the states. If you do get it good luck with it! It will suck your wallet dry!
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So should I keep the ABA and change it to EFI?

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If you want haha. If you're any good with wiring, then invest in a Bentley Publishers manual for a MK3 golf/jetta/cabrio and one for the MK1 golf/jetta/cabrio. Theyre a little expensive, but definitely worth it if you plan on doing any wiring. If you can find a vehicle with a later-style wiring, then you can take all of the wiring out (headlights to taillights) and use that. The cutoff was called CE1 and CE2 and the switch was made i think around 1988-1989. If you get all the wiring you can easily avoid doing any splicing.

But overall I'm not sure all of this would be worth it, since you did say that the head was making lots of noise. The motor might have some real issues. Pull the valve cover and check to see if any of the lifters have any pitting and check the condition of the cam lobes. Then change the oil to 10w-40 or 15w-40. If it still makes noise, then you may have more issues. ABA's are cheap (as are mk3's in general) and you can get a decent motor for $300, or a complete parts car for probably $600.
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Anyone know where to find those large wheels that give the Rabbits such a wide stance. What are they called anyways?

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do you have a picture of these wheels?
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Preferably black with a chrome lip and spoked, kinda like these but less chrome.

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that's lot's of manufactures just pick a wheel you like and see if the company makes it in the back spacing your looking for.

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