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#1 JacksonRally

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 04:56 PM

Figure its about time I start working on my 87 GL wagon recently purchased off of this site from another member. Got her shipped down to CA from WA.

To do list:

-lift around 4''
-go through motor/make reliable
-bumpers
-roof rack
-EJ 25 swap (after dealing with CA smog crap)
-show the Jeeps how its done!!

Heres what I'm dealing with
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$15 dollars later I scored 4 Toyota 6-lug wheels with 28" BFG's
and of course had to put them on with no lift. Cut the front fenders a little and moved the front end forward 1.5". When I get to the lift I will fix camber, not sure whats up with it right now as its all stock.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 05:05 PM

Man, that thing is lookin good, I knew I sold it to the right guy :grin: I'm looking forward to seeing it built and on the trails

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 06:12 PM

After following your WRX build on DI, I'm curious to see where you are going with this.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:21 PM

yoo hoo another so cal old schooler.

Welcome.

If you need help with the EJ25 swap and getting it past the smog nazis let me know, I have two EJ swaps that are smog legal.:banana:

You are also kinda near PK. I am sure we can arrange a get together sometime and hit the trails. Anza-Borrego would be really fun to romp around. Ever been to Font's Point. I was also kicking around the idea of doing a trek down the Mojave Trail.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 10:08 PM

yoo hoo another so cal old schooler.

Welcome.

If you need help with the EJ25 swap and getting it past the smog nazis let me know, I have two EJ swaps that are smog legal.:banana:

You are also kinda near PK. I am sure we can arrange a get together sometime and hit the trails. Anza-Borrego would be really fun to romp around. Ever been to Font's Point. I was also kicking around the idea of doing a trek down the Mojave Trail.

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Thanks. At least I'm not the only one now. I will be hitting up as many trails as possible when she is up and running. I was invited to a Mojave Trail run with my WRX but the car was apart at the time (as always).

It looks like I'm getting a EJ25, harness and ECU but was told since the car came from out of state to get the EA up and running for inspection and smog. Then I should be able to swap to the EJ with no other smog issues. I will probably get ahold of you and pick your brain. Thanks for the PM!!!

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 11:02 AM

Plan is to go through AAA rather than DMV for title transfer. Word is this will be less painful at AAA registering an out of state vehicle.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 01:55 AM

I vote for more lift to make the subi a 4wd prerunner...

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 06:48 PM

I vote for more lift to make the subi a 4wd prerunner...



You have'nt seen my WRX wagon, have you?


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Posted 20 March 2010 - 06:49 PM

s'ko, are you using the SJR adaptor plate for your EJ swaps?

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 04:13 PM

I finally found a few hours to pull the motor out :banana: I am planning on building the lift this weekend and also working on the motor a bit. But first things first....LIFT :grin:

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 12:27 PM

Got the motor apart. Bottom end is in good shape.

Hoping to get some material for the lift by this weekend. If not I have enough 1/4 plate to piece it all together, but that would be way too much work. Oh well I have to go with whats cheap.

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 10:42 PM

followed your work on the wrx wagon.. excellent stuff!

is the EA82 going to turn out similar as far as build?

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 02:40 PM

followed your work on the wrx wagon.. excellent stuff!

is the EA82 going to turn out similar as far as build?


Thank you.

The theme for the EA82 is "beg, borrow or steal" I'm just gonna build a functional daily driver, wheeler. So far aside from the purchase and transport out Ca I've only spent $15.00 on this. What I got for the $15 is 4 BFG at's (little bit of tread left) and 4 Toyota 4-Runner 15'' wheels. I also got a Subaru Nardi steering wheel for free, 3 Hella 500 lights for free and the front seats out of a 2007 WRX for free. I did some trade work for the re-surfacing of the heads and some gaskets. Its almost time to spend some money though. It needs a water pump, power steering pump, hoses, hose clamps, belts.....etc.

Edit: also hoping to find some scrap soon (like today) for the lift. If not I will use some material I have in the shop.

The WRX is back under the knife also :banana: Low, wide, 30'' tires and double the wheel travel.

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 05:45 PM

that sounds terrific.. i'm excited to see it come to fruition.

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 07:40 PM

yoo hoo another so cal old schooler.

Welcome.

If you need help with the EJ25 swap and getting it past the smog nazis let me know, I have two EJ swaps that are smog legal.:banana:

You are also kinda near PK. I am sure we can arrange a get together sometime and hit the trails. Anza-Borrego would be really fun to romp around. Ever been to Font's Point. I was also kicking around the idea of doing a trek down the Mojave Trail.

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My truck would never pass. only headers, 2.5" pipe and glasspacks on it. although she gets great mpg since that OEM removal job.

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 08:25 PM

Thank you.

The theme for the EA82 is "beg, borrow or steal" I'm just gonna build a functional daily driver, wheeler. So far aside from the purchase and transport out Ca I've only spent $15.00 on this. What I got for the $15 is 4 BFG at's (little bit of tread left) and 4 Toyota 4-Runner 15'' wheels. I also got a Subaru Nardi steering wheel for free, 3 Hella 500 lights for free and the front seats out of a 2007 WRX for free. I did some trade work for the re-surfacing of the heads and some gaskets. Its almost time to spend some money though. It needs a water pump, power steering pump, hoses, hose clamps, belts.....etc.

Edit: also hoping to find some scrap soon (like today) for the lift. If not I will use some material I have in the shop.

The WRX is back under the knife also :banana: Low, wide, 30'' tires and double the wheel travel.


are you going to have a thread over here for the battle wagon? I seem to be spending less time over on NASTYSOCK, and I would like to see what's happening with it. It was my big inspiration for doing my wagon.

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 08:50 PM

are you going to have a thread over here for the battle wagon? I seem to be spending less time over on NASTYSOCK, and I would like to see what's happening with it. It was my big inspiration for doing my wagon.



Probably once I start moving forward with it. Right now I'm just having some components machined and I've torn it into a bajillion pieces. I'm going to really take my time with the WRX round 2.

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 10:22 PM

moar pictars!
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Posted 10 April 2010 - 02:05 AM

wow that WRX wagon is sick!!! I have a new wallpaper now! i need to find your wagon thread. Link?

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 02:14 PM

Well my 2 full days of work turned into only working 1 full day on the car. I did get the greasy mess cleaned up. I had to remove everything off the front of the car except the wiring harness to clean up the mess.

Finally I was able to start working on the lift. I decided on 5'' up front and 4'' out back. What I should have done :lol: is 4'' spacing all around and 5'' on the front struts....oh well. So to achieve my 5'' I made the front engine crossmember spacers out of 1/4 plate and pieced it all together. Then I got smart for the radius rods/trans mount and cut down 6'' rectangle to 4 3/4 and add 1/4 plate to the bottom to get 5''. The rest will be 4'', which I have everything cut. Now all thats left is to drill the 4'' blocks and install. I still have to extend the steering linkage, and sort out the shift linkages. Shouldn't be a problem, just out of time now. Hopefull I will get a few hours on it this week.

Pics to come.

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 02:21 PM

wow that WRX wagon is sick!!! I have a new wallpaper now! i need to find your wagon thread. Link?



Here is a link to the life story of my WRX wagon
(gets good around page 12)


http://www.dirtyimpr...hread.php?t=765

And more current info

http://www.dirtyimpr...ead.php?t=13250

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 09:33 PM

one adapter was homemade
the other one was from rguyver

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 03:27 PM

I got all of the 4'' blocks on the rear. I still need to make the diff drop plate and upper rear shock brackets. I really, really need to hear back from my machinist about my heads. I did some trade work and now nothing....

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 06:58 PM

Good to see this one, good to see Kyle!!!

(I've been a little out of the loop lately ;)

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 01:34 AM

The rear is 1000% done :banana:

The front only needs strut blocks. Looks like I need to get some pretty big pipe.

Still no pictures cause my camera is dead and I cannot find the battery charger for the life of me :mad:




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