1977 Rabbit - 2.0L 16V - Sunroof Conversion
This page describes the conversion of the
standard sunroof in my 77 Rabbit to a Tilt and Slide unit out of an 86
Scirocco. A couple of points should be made up front, based on my
research of this conversion:
- All of the sunroof cables are the same
part number for all of the sunroofs for A1's and A2's from 1975 to
1992, regardless if it is a standard sliding roof, or a tilt and slide
- You need the complete assembly out of
the Scirocco to do this conversion, including the Scirocco handle (90%
sure, still researching).
- The sunroof metal panels are all the
same size, but are not interchangeable between the standard slide unit
and the tilt and slide unit (anything CAN be done, but the amount of
work to use a standard metal panel would be way more work than I would
want to take on).
- The following procedure is one that
requires making permanent changes to your sunroof opening in the roof
of the car. Even though it is possible to reverse the
modifications if you want to go back to the standard sunroof, it is
not easy, and your sunroof may not seal properly afterwards. In
other words, make sure that you want to do this before you make the
What has to be done??
I am currently about 80% of the way
through the installation so far, and it appears that the only things
that needs to be done are as follows.
1. Remove the ramp that pushes the
standard sliding roof up into the sunroof opening. See the
Before the modification:
After cutting the ramp off:
The following shows the Scirocco sunroof
assembly. Compare these photos with the ones above, and you can
see the subtle differences.
2. Drill a hole through the roof
assembly of the car so that the second hole in the bracket can screw
into the car. Without this, the back part of the bracket, shown in
black in the following picture, can come up slightly and interfere with
the operation of the sunroof (plus it isn't a clean installation if you
don't use all of the mounting holes that you can use).
I will be showing pictures of the
assembly process of the sunroof mechanism, and also the installation of
the unit into the roof of the car. Check back around February of