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Grill guard/Deer wacker/Brush Guard

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#1 Paddlegirl


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Posted 13 March 2010 - 07:29 AM

What ever you want to call it. New Subie owner here. I am getting a 1987 GL-10 Turbo Wagon today. It needs a few things (CV axle etc) . She will be a daily driver, kayak hauler/geocaching rig Has anyone put a grill guard on a Subie this old and if so please share any information you have.

Edited by Paddlegirl, 13 March 2010 - 09:16 PM.
lack of information

#2 Kartier


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Posted 13 March 2010 - 03:16 PM

just do a search in the off road section, there are plenty that i have found.

I am in the process of making one for my 86 DL along with rear bumper and a skid plate so if i finish soon ill put up some pictures.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 03:41 PM

Before you get nuts with adding extra's, check out the cooling system and replace EVERY SINGLE hose before you drive it much. The EA82 Turbo you have is very prone to overheating, blowing head gaskets, and cracking heads. The cooling system needs to be maintained meticulously and upgraded if feasible. Watch the temp guage like a Hawk.


#4 Paddlegirl


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Posted 13 March 2010 - 09:19 PM

Thanks for the info all. I did find the off road section, most look like custom grills. Other than the grill and a stereo I can hook my ipod to I wont be doing anything else to it. It came with good racks for hauling the kayaks so that is taken care of. I will watch the cooling system thanks for the heads up on it. I did edit my original post, it is actually an 1987, 95k original miles on it.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 11:04 PM

You are very, very lucky to have a turbo car with so few miles on it.

I've also had some experience with these older turbo engines (EA82T), and while they can be a TON of fun, the heat from the turbo can take its toll. You are in a great position to keep it in good condition since it's relatively "young." The low mileage also makes it worth investing a little more in the maintenance, compared to a non-maintained 200,000 mile EA82T.

While it may seem expensive or like overkill, I would suggest you make plans to pull the motor and do all the minor and major maintenance to it sometime this year, perhaps even down to proactively replacing the head gaskets. Stick around here on USMB and make some friends, and if you aren't mechanically experienced, you soon will have enough experience and friends here to make that happen easily.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 09:43 AM

During the summer I tend to commute by bike allot rather than car, so I may well be able to do the tear down. Right now she is pretty crucial to work as we still have snow off and on. I do enjoy tinkering with cars and am not adverse to learning a few things. First thing to do is find a good service manual. Thank you for all the great info. I will be a steady lurker from here on out:)

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 10:07 PM

I think having to find out a good brush guard for your vehicle would be nice if you research more. I don't know if this would help out you guys, but I think that would be the case. I hope things are now well with regards to this.

Edited by armandjones82, 13 September 2010 - 08:21 PM.

#8 NoahDL88


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Posted 08 September 2010 - 11:03 PM

Its been 6 months, either she's found one or she's moved on, I wouldn't sweat it.

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