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Dual range impreza -- first impressions
Posted 07 January 2010 - 05:39 PM
1997 Impreza Outback Sport, EJ22, completely stock except for the transmission/drivetrain.
1987 5 speed dual range transmission from a GL
Custom axles and driveshaft (Imp axles with GL inner cups, lengthened driveshaft.
SJR EJ-EA transmission adaptor plate and redrilled EA flywheel, XT6 clutch.
CCR in Denver did the swap for me.
I love the gearing of having the low range. In deep snow (dragging the entire bottom) it has the power to just keep going instead of stalling, and if you do stop on a snowy hill, you can let the clutch out at a reasonable rpm, instead of having to rev it way up to keep from stalling it. Good at crawling nice and slow (haven't tried any steep hills yet, just deep snow, as that's what was available last night
Ground clearance still sucks.... I got it high centered on a driveway that an old landcruiser had bashed through all the 2 foot drifts -- all four wheels off the ground. This afternoon I took the old stock GL wagon up the same road -- almost identical snow tires on both too, and it did it with just a little squirming -- it must have at least 2 to 3 inches of clearance on the Impreza. Time for some Forester struts....
Pictures coming soon.
Posted 08 January 2010 - 01:48 AM
What did you do about your speedo? How far off is it?
does the imp's speedo cable thread into the EA82 trans?
if the imp was a 3.90 diff car to begin with (no mention of rear diff swap so i'm assuming it was) the only thing throwing off the speedo would be the tire size, right?
i don't know how accurate that is, i'm just asking for the sake of my own curiosity.
i'm also curious about how they rigged up the d/r shifter. pics for sure.
Edited by mountaingoatgruff, 08 January 2010 - 01:50 AM.
Posted 08 January 2010 - 06:59 AM
i'm also curious about how they rigged up the d/r shifter. Pics for sure.
Posted 08 January 2010 - 10:12 AM
Also about how much was the swap in total? i really want to do this one day. I can do the install work and all the labor but parts wise how much?
Posted 08 January 2010 - 11:44 AM
Pricewise, it was $395 for the transmission adaptor (redrilled flywheel and EA-EJ plate) from SJR. About $130 for the XT6 clutch kit, $100 each for the two custom axles in the front, and $135 for the driveshaft lengthening. I supplied some of those components, and Terry at CCR got other ones. I had the dual range transmission already, and if I'd also had an EA flywheel for SJR to redrill instead of buying a whole one from them, it would have been a little cheaper. All told, I've got about $3,200 into the project now (including buying the Imp with a blown transmission and clutch) including Terry's labor, but not including the snow tires or the dissassembled '82 GL with 14" pugs that I traded to Terry to reduce the labor charge. Not bad considering that the imp bluebooked around $3400 here if it hadn't had the bad tranny, and I'd gotten tired of the '82 GL sitting in the yard waiting for an EJ22 swap that was probably never going to happen If I'd done the work myself, I could have done it alot cheaper... but I didn't have the time or facilities this fall to do it so I was happy to have him do it.
Posted 08 January 2010 - 11:50 AM
Posted 08 January 2010 - 10:17 PM
Now,throw that same drivetrain into say a '70's Coupe ....mmmmmmm.
Thanks very much for this post. Enjoy it!
Posted 08 January 2010 - 11:58 PM
how's the mileage? i'd imagine it should be slightly better than with the AWD 5MT but i'm curious if dragging around the selective 4WD system might negate that.
Posted 09 January 2010 - 01:36 PM
Now all you need is Outback struts and a HighGuys 3 inch lift!
Posted 16 January 2010 - 12:54 PM
Posted 02 May 2010 - 08:53 PM
I am looking to do this same mod/swap
Posted 05 May 2010 - 10:58 PM
I just begun my D/R swap on my wagon.... 98 legacy brighton wagon!
I have the SJR adaptor plate and redrilled EA82 flywheel... I also have a pile of stock legacy axles and some rear DOJ cups (23 spline)
I will have pics of the progress posted in my waterwagon 3 build thread
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