1984 VW Rabbit Diesel Part 5 – How to install a GM alternator on anything.

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I like these GM 3-wire alternators, so I put them on nearly everything I touch. Here’s how.


Alex King says:

long pulley alternator is replacement when not using ac got mine 2nd try at autozone.

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Andreas Lehmann says:

I've got a bad alternator and I'm considering using a 10si one wire for the sake of simplicity. Turns out though it only puts out 63 amps, which is about the same as the stock one and from what I've read the stock ones tend to fail because they put out such low amperage. Have you run into any issues when you've got all your electronics running, i.e. defroster on high AND headlights AND a modern head unit?

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Esteban Henriquez says:

I might have just scored my very own 1st '84 Rabbit 1.6D. Waiting to go pick it up this next Sunday. Keep them videos coming, they're definitely helpful.

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Bojan Savić says:

What about the battery light? Where do you hook that up?

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Boost By Gear says:

1.6d VW Rabbit alternators are readily available on rock auto for $39 😉

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sonofkikkoman says:

That thing is still loud as hell. I guess that is The only thing that can't be fixed or why even bother.

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AngryExpat says:

THANK YOU. I have an 81 rabbit 1.6d and I'm pretty sure it's already got a Chevy alternator on it! This helped a lot.

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William Zoom says:

But does it have brakes?

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Dead Reckon says:

Gotta love the unquestionably crazy nonsense of the automotive world… That alternator should be way overkill for the VW, probably won't need to replace it, but did you ever fix the brakes?

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