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#126 JacksonRally

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:54 PM

That's sweet K, Which gearbox is that? Is that an EA dual range 4x4? The front cases look strangly similar to an EJ AWD gearbox.

Nice work on the wheeler, it's gunna rock your work with the 2.5 in front of it!!! :Flame:


Thanks!

Yeah its a ea d/r :cool:

#127 JacksonRally

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 12:29 AM

When I first got this car I replaced all of the o rings in the rack but it seemed to still leak. Now that the car is apart again I figured I would tackle the rack again. I pulled it out and put it on the table then for some reason I decided to compare it to an Impreza rack that a customer brought in and surprisingly the way they mounted looked similar. Everything else on the Impreza rack is way beefier. So 2 hours later I modified the engine crossmember enough to fit an 02 WRX steering rack!! :headbang: I still have to clean up the enlarged hole but will take pics tomorrow.

After dealing with the rack I decided to pull the trans to clean up the engine bay/firewall. After a few torn cv boots there is a nice layer of smudge that needs to be cleaned. So I drained the trans fluid and was just about to put the drain plug back in when I noticed something metal about to fall through the hole.....I pulled out an entire dipstick :eek: I thought somehow mine had busted off of the handle and fell down but nope, seems that at some point someone broke it off and left it in the trans. Ill just keep on keepin on cause Ive been driving it around for a year and a half like that.

Im hoping to get an xt6 clutch real soon then the motor and trans can go back in!

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 01:06 AM

Sweet, a spare dip stick:-\

Would you be so kind as to take some pictures and describe the modifications to get the impreza rack to fit? I think the rest of us would be interested. Thanks, again.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 10:27 PM

It might be a little tough to see but here is where i welded in a piece of strap to keep the trans mount from moving after the rubber was torn.

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Here is the GL rack

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Here is the WRX rack

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Here is the rough cut to get WRX rack to fit

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Finished trimming

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And heres a shot of the cut core support (trying to get 01 radiator and ac condenser to fit)

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 10:40 PM

Here is the rough cut to get WRX rack to fit


Very nice! Doesn't look too difficult to carve out that hole a bit. So what kind of benefits are you expecting with the WRX rack? Quicker turn ratio?

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 11:04 PM

I can assume it is a quicker ratio, havent looked that up. But mostly the new stuff is just newer, a little better technology, little beefier, shouldnt leak like my GL rack did and should have a better feel. Also I can get ahold of these easier than another GL rack.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 12:20 AM

True. If you're going to the trouble to replace the rack, worth it to upgrade. How much did you get the WRX rack for?

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 10:30 AM

Plus, the EJ power steering lines will fit with zero modifications. It looks like you'd have bend the hard lines on the EA rack to get a good fitment.

So after widening the input shaft hole, did the rack just bolt right up? I can't remember how the EA rack attaches, but I seem to recall that they're different.

Edited by kanurys, 12 February 2012 - 10:37 AM.


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Posted 12 February 2012 - 11:41 AM

True. If you're going to the trouble to replace the rack, worth it to upgrade. How much did you get the WRX rack for?


Free :D I work on Subies all day building rally cars and what ever else someone wants to turn their Subaru into, plus my buddy has a Subaru shop in town where he does any and everything mechanical so we aquire a ton of newer parts. It was pretty much just lying around.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 11:51 AM

Plus, the EJ power steering lines will fit with zero modifications. It looks like you'd have bend the hard lines on the EA rack to get a good fitment.

So after widening the input shaft hole, did the rack just bolt right up? I can't remember how the EA rack attaches, but I seem to recall that they're different.


In this pic you might be able to see where I had to cut 2 lines.

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These are the lines that would bolt right up to the EJ p/s lines. I had to cut these down because the fitment was a little off with the EA crossmember as they come up behind the pass side and the EA used to cross the front and end up at pass side. Im thinking I will try to re-flare these lines. I am already planning on re-making the lines that come right off the pump.

Otherwise fitment is direct bolt on! Pretty sure any Impreza/WRX/STI rack will work up to 2004. In 2005 the crossmember changed and so did the rack mounting.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 02:44 PM

Interesting. I have a rack from the 99 impreza that I parted which I would like to try this with. I've been reading on THIS thread that you have to tap the EJ inner tie-rods down a little further and maybe cut the end off a little to retain toe adjustability durring alignment. I asked for a little clarification on that and Gloyale said everything worked out easily without cutting more threads on the inner tie-rods. That is nice to hear.

#137 JacksonRally

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 12:35 PM

Thanks for the tip. I havent crossed that bridge yet.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 01:35 PM

Interesting. I have a rack from the 99 impreza that I parted which I would like to try this with. I've been reading on THIS thread that you have to tap the EJ inner tie-rods down a little further and maybe cut the end off a little to retain toe adjustability durring alignment. I asked for a little clarification on that and Gloyale said everything worked out easily without cutting more threads on the inner tie-rods. That is nice to hear.


EA82 works great

Putting an EJ rack into an EA81 you need to cutshorter, and extend threads.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 11:53 PM

Sweet, a spare dip stick:-\

Would you be so kind as to take some pictures and describe the modifications to get the impreza rack to fit? I think the rest of us would be interested. Thanks, again.


When I first got this car I replaced all of the o rings in the rack but it seemed to still leak. Now that the car is apart again I figured I would tackle the rack again. I pulled it out and put it on the table then for some reason I decided to compare it to an Impreza rack that a customer brought in and surprisingly the way they mounted looked similar. Everything else on the Impreza rack is way beefier.


FWIW, I'm told a WRX or other IMP-based rack will swap into a gen 2 legacy as well. I say this as I'm interested. My [used] LGT rack swap (about a year old, give or take) in my lifted 95 leggo is leaking as bad as the stocker was when I swapped it out. I was thinking of resealing, but who does that...
Anyhoo, I know an EA82 wagon isn't a gen 2 legacy, but maybe with respect to a WRX rack, it's close enough :D

props for the WRX rack swap!!

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:40 PM

Talk about sloooooow goin. Im just about ready to work on my car again. Next will be to order xt6 clutch. Then clean up engine bay a little more and install motor/trans. Hoping to make some progress in the next couple of weeks.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:33 AM

I'm on the same schedule. I decided to use the stock EA82 clutch that I have. It has 3000 miles on it and when it burns out or if I have problems, I'll replace it with the XT6.

I budgeted for one, but the company I ordered it through told me that EXEDY recalled them for pressure plate failure. The redesign might be out, already... anyone know anything on this?

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:18 AM

ok so heres whats really been keeping me from working on the GL

Im building my brother a Subaru wheeler. Heres the FOZZWLR :banana:

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:56 AM

That's AWESOME!!!! :clap::clap::headbang:

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 01:22 PM

ok so heres whats really been keeping me from working on the GL

Im building my brother a Subaru wheeler. Heres the FOZZWLR :banana:

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Umm, yeah!!! :eek::headbang::clap::brow:

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 04:33 PM

************ yeah!

your builds never cease to amaze, always top notch work, and that's coming from someone who builds purpose built spec miata's for a living.

any other details you care to spill about that fozzy??

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 04:42 PM

Awesome!

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 05:55 PM

************ yeah!

your builds never cease to amaze, always top notch work, and that's coming from someone who builds purpose built spec miata's for a living.

any other details you care to spill about that fozzy??



Start another thread!!!!! I'm interested in this too.

Also, what's next for the GL?

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:14 AM

What tyres size?

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:43 AM

Ill have my brother start a thread on the build. Now the Forester is getting closer I can start to put some time in on the GL again.....soon.

Tires are 30x9.50x15

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:04 PM

Back to the topic at hand :D

GL update

I pulled all of the factory brakelines out of the engine bay. Got rid of the hill holder that I disconnected anyways. I resprayed the booster and got a master cylinder out of a newer Legacy. Now I am making new stainless hardlines.

Here are the lines out of the master to the rear lines.

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New muffler, 2.25'' in 2.25'' out

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And finally the start to my suspension rebuild. Fox 2.0, 10'' stroke coilovers for the rear. They dont exactly fit or bolt on but they will :Flame:

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