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 Brake types
Golf III: Disc brakes in the front, drums in the rear

Golf IV: Disc brakes in the front and rear

All are ABS brakes.

 Swapping rear drum brakes for discs

A popular brake upgrade is replacing the rear drum brakes with discs.  Click here for a how-to.

 

 Tips for replacing rear drum brakes

Anytime you do work to the rear brakes, do only one side at a time!  This allows you to use the other side as a reference to ensure that everything is put back together properly.  In case you removed both sides, here are reference images:

 

Actual drum brake

 

Exploded diagram view

 

 Disabling ABS
Why would anyone want to disable ABS? It's true that ABS is an important safety feature on modern cars designed to keep the wheels from locking up and sliding when the brakes are applied. However, if this system is malfunctioning and activating when it shouldn't, it's safer to disable the system until you can have it serviced. Additionally, off-road racers may prefer that ABS be disabled. With this guide, it literally takes only a few seconds to disable (or re-enable) ABS.

 

  1. Open the fuse box cover or completely remove the plastic fuse box cover.

  2. Just above the relay panel, you will find 2 green 30 amp fuses:

    • Removing the fuse furthest from the fuse panel will result in loss of power to the ABS computer. This will result in the ABS and BRAKE warning lights showing in the gauge cluster, and the ABS system will be completely disabled.

    • Removing the other fuse results in loss of power to the ABS pump. Only the ABS warning light will show in the gauge cluster, but the ABS relay will click rapidly when your wheels are locked.

ABS fuses

ABS disabled

Thank you to "JonnyPhenomenon" of VWvortex & to the original Cabrio-Info site for this info.
 Tire pressure

Minimum psi/bar: what the factory recommends (should be on the driver's side door jamb sticker).

 

Maximum psi/bar: what the tire sidewall states.

 

 Wheel & Tire Size Conversion Calculators

Tire, wheel and offset calculator/comparer

 

Tire/wheel size options

 

Tire/wheel size options vs. speedometer accuracy

 Factory/Stock Cabrio Wheel

Golf III Wheels

BBS RX213

17 lbs.; 6Jx15

 ET45 offset

P/N

BBS RZ

6Jx15

 ET45 offset

P/N 1H0601025AD

Orlando

 

6Jx14

 ET43 offset

P/N 1H0601025R

     

Steel A

 

6Jx14

 ET45 offset

P/N

Steel B

6Jx14

 ET45 offset

P/N

"Pink Floyd" Wheel Cover

6Jx14

 ET45 offset

P/N 1H0601147A

"Joker" Wheel Cover

6Jx14

 ET45 offset

P/N 1H0601147

Wheel Cover

6Jx14

 ET45 offset

P/N

Wheel Cover

6Jx14

 ET45 offset

P/N

Golf IV Wheels

Ancora

 

7Jx15

 ET40 offset

P/N 6N0071491

BBS ??

6Jx15

ET45 offset

P/N 1H0601025AD

BBS Interlagos

6Jx15

ET45 offset

P/N 6X0601025C

BBS RS764

 

6.5Jx16

 ET45 offset

P/N 1H0601025AJ

Flying

6Jx14

 ET45 offset

P/N 1HM601025F

Reggae

6Jx14

 ET45 offset

P/N 1H6071494

Solitude

6Jx15

ET45 offset

P/N 1H0601025AE

Suzuka

 

6Jx14

 ET43 offset

P/N 6X0601025D

Wheel Cover

 

6Jx14

 ET43 offset

P/N 1H0601147A

   

 

Color code for the "chrome colored metallic" wheels: L091.

All stock Cabrio wheels have a bolt pattern of 4x100.

All steel wheels are 6Jx14.

  = North America     = Europe

 What will fit
14", 15", 16", 17" and 18" wheels will all fit on a stock Cabrio, depending on the offset.  However, common opinion is that 18's are too big and 17's are bordering on being too big for the car from an aesthetics point of view; ride will also be affected.

All stock Cabrio wheels are 4x100.  If you find 5x100, etc. wheels, you'll need to find adapters in order to install the wheels.

When upgrading the wheels, here are some things to keep in mind: The wider the wheel, the wider the tire you'll likely run; the wider the tire, the wider the contact patch. Wider tires are better for dry traction, but will detract in rain and snow.  The key is to find a wheel/tire setup that is a happy medium.

 Origin of wheel names
Most folks are unaware that many Volkswagen alloy wheel names derive from the car racing world, including those used on Cabrios.

Suzuka: A famous race circuit in Japan.

Interlagos: A suburb of São Paulo, Brazil where the Autódromo José Carlos Pace race track resides.

Solitude: A race course near Stuttgart, Germany.

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