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First geekiness

rubjonny wrote:
ok here are all the changes i have found so far:

85ish changes:
dual tip exhausts on GTI models
dual exhaust cutout on rear lower valance introduced
MK1 style side stripes dropped
side repeaters added
single washer tank/pump instead of separate bottles/pumps for front/rear

late 87 changes:
16v introduced
5 slat grill replaces old 7 slat grill
front 'GTI' & 'GTI 16v' grill badge font & clip design changed
left side rear 'VW' roundel & 'Volkswagen' badges removed, larger central 'VW' roundel with indent in panel introduced, right side 'Golf' badge font changed
single piece glass front doors replace 2 piece MK1 style doors, mirror moved to front of door
digifant injection replaces k-jet on 8v models
chunkier stalks introduced
wiper arms swapped to the other side on RHD models
chunky rubbing strips
bonnet & washer jets changed
better quality dash fitted to all models as standard?
steering wheel changed to single button

88-89 changes:
digifant engines now have a blue 2 pin push fit ECU coolant temp sender, earlier models have a white threaded 2 pin sender
large spline wheel column adaptors start being fitted
handbrake lever & mount bracket, cables & rear calipers changed
light switch changed to 11 pin
16vs got red/black tinted rear clusters, also on 8v '1 in 10 million' edition
256mm brakes on 16v
2 piece plastic timing belt cover

89-90 changes (90 spec):
almost all car loom changed
engine management loom hole on rain tray moved
front wings all have 2 holes for big bumper brackets
hazard switch moved to top of steering column
dash clocks now have 1 plug instead of 2
coolant level sensor control relay removed, now internal to clocks (except with Digifiz & early Jetta CE2 which had CE1 clocks, relay is moved to fusebox)
16vs got plain rubber injector lines instead of braided
thin rubbing strips, sill trims & front fogs on GTIs
big bumpers on GTIs & GLs
outer column housing
ignition lock housing
ignition switch
fusebox holder brackets
driver side dash under tray
fusebox cover
boot carpet made of foam instead of carpet
colour coded boot plinth on GTI
wiper spindles are thicker
header tank, lower hose, cap, level sender, level sender plug & mounting bracket
longer gearbox earth to a stud on engine->gearbox mounting bolt introduced
lower engine bay heat shield on 8v GTI models
sidelight holders have different plug
front indicators have different plug
horn loom has different plug
reverse switch has different plug

later 90 model improvements:
key in ign live for stereo
chunky plastic scuttle & ecu covers
side impact bars in doors
loom tape instead of thick plastic sheathing stuff
stainless sunroof deflector arms
and for those really geeky people, you know the ones clarkson moans about :lol:

MK2 production dates/chassis number spread
01.08.1983 - 19-E-300001 (why not 000001? germans eh :lol:)
31.07.1992 - 1G-N-300000

hard data on chassis number production dates for major shell changes:
31.07.1987 - 19-H-990000 - last month early doors were fitted
31.07.1988 - 19-JB200000/19-JW990000 - last month of typ19 production (JBxx means made in Brussels, JWxx means made in Wolfsburg)
01.08.1988 - 1G-KB000001/1G-KW000001 - first typ 1G chassis rolls off the production line
??.11.1988 - 1G-KB075001/1G-KW240001 - 256mm brakes fitted to 16v
??.12.1988 - 1G-K-400001 - CE2 electrics fitted to jetta
01.08.1989 - 1G-L-000001 - CE2 electrics fitted to golf

Note above, lesser known fact jettas got CE2 first, back in 1988! They also had CE1 clocks for a short while. Same time the Corrado was available for testing by the press

tony_ack wrote:
Put this together a while ago in the OEM section, mix this and Johnny's and you've probably got a decent list.

1983 - MK2 Golf introduced with C, CL and GL models available with 1.3, 1.6 and 1.8 carb engines
1984 (1) - MK2 Golf GTI introduced with K-jet mechanical injection 1.8 engine, p-slot alloy wheels as standard.
1984 (2) - GTI gets twin tailpipe exhaust and front spot lights
1985 (1) - GTI Side trims changed from MK1-style decals to stick-on rub strips, MK1 interiors dropped from GTI, black/grey and black/red strip interiors introduced, Lhasa green dropped from colour options
1985 (2) - Wing badges on all models changed for side repeaters, 1.3 gets transistored ignition system, all 1.6 and 1.8 models swap from solid to hydraulic lifters, GTI loses MPG indicator on clocks, new exhaust manifold/downpipe design for GTI, deep splitter introduced for GTI
1986 - 16v GTI introduced, 'Montreal' alloys introduced as standard on 16v, option on 8v, Mars red replaced by Tornado red, electric windows, electric mirrors and central locking added to option list
1987 - All models swap to single piece front window, mirrors moved forward, 7-slat grille replaced by 5-slat grille, rub strips widened (now clip on), all models get RHD wipers, boot washer bottle removed in favour of single washer bottle, GTI interiors replaced with 'Sportcheck' pattern, P-slots no longer standard on GTI, and dropped from options list, PAS introduced as an option, changes to 8v GTI fuel delivery system (k-jet to Digifant), changes to rear badge lettering, 16v gets 256mm front brakes, changes to handbrake design, GTI steering wheel design changed.
1988 - Campaign models introduced in Oak Green, Helios Blue, and Black Metallic, with 'Rainbow' interior trim
1989 - CE2 electronics introduced on all models, big bumpers for GTI and GL models, with thinner side trims and side skirts, GTI gets front fogs and central locking as standard, 16v gets PAS, smoked rear lights, 15" BBS RA alloys, Rainbow Interior and bee-sting aerial as standard, 16v inlet manifold changed from 42mm to 50mm, bigger airbox on 16v, 6-speaker sound system added to options list, G60 and Rallye models introduced in LHD only, Ryder model introduced, sportcheck interiors dropped from 8v GTI for 'Ultraviolet' interiors. Helios Blue and Jade Green dropped, Royal Blue, Calypso Blue, Calypso Green and Pearl Grey colour options added, Oak Green now an option on the GTI
1991 - 16v gets electric windows as standard, all models get side impact bars, Driver comes with choice of 1.8 carb engine, Bright Blue Metallic colour option introduced on 8v GTI, Rallye model dropped.
1992 - 8v GTI gets electric windows, rainbow interior, smoked rear lights and 15" BBS RAs as standard, different hornpush on all GTI models

Re: First geekiness

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Well I must be a geek too, because that was an interesting read ,
Read it through because I wanted to find out when the rainbow interior came in, I was told my car had the wrong seats because it didn’t have rainbow and apparently ALL  big bumpers should have rainbow, even though I’d seen plenty without