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D/R questions - latest years and models?


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#1 rainman19154

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 03:01 PM

I''ve started watching the local market for 80's era Subbees but so far haven't seen anything older than 87- Loyale style.
Frankly, I'm only interested in a rig with the Dual Range. I've had it in the past and won't bother with a project Sube that doesn't have it.

Reading another D/R thread there was referance to D/R as late as '89 - I'd only seen it in the 2nd gen (up to 86?). When looking at Loyale era cars, are there models to look for? Any sort of a tell tale other than looking inside the car and seeing the second shift lever?


Thinking 'outloud", I guess I could find a whatever 4wd and swap in the D/R later?

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 03:30 PM

85 to 89 GL's had the D/R. '88 and '89 are the best as they are also fuel injected. Loyale's (90 to 94) never got them but it's a very simple swap if you get a Loyale with a push-button 5 speed.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 03:35 PM

I"m guessing anything with an Automatic would not have the D/R?

Thx for the response, BTW. This sort of detail can be hard to search out.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 03:43 PM

Correct - no D/R on automatic's. But you can swap an auto for one just as easily - just need a few extra parts like the pedal assembly, clutch, and front driveline section.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 06:58 PM

Here in Chile Loyales were sold new until 93, that's the one I have, and it has MPFI non-turbo, and 5 speed D/R.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 07:33 PM

Here in Chile Loyales were sold new until 93, that's the one I have, and it has MPFI non-turbo, and 5 speed D/R.


Yeah the overseas markets are RICH with D/R units. I have a Legacy now and there are D/R units for it available beyond North America.

There have been threads about getting them shipped from Australia and New Zealand... more recently Central America, but I don't know that any of it worked out. All things being equal, for what I'd end up putting into a 2nd Gen rig, $1k to $2K wouldn't be crazy for a D/R unit to fit my Legacy.

Of course I can work on a project an affordable bit at a time, but the situation being what it is, I'm forced to consider a 20+ yo rig- that I'll have an even tougher time finding parts for here in the Northeast.
I left Oregon last year and there are old Subes all over the place there. Here it seems pretty slim.


And as for the MPFI- all the better, absolutely. Another reason to stick with the Legacy... there's better technology in there, for sure.

Right now, I don't know that I can find an affordable project to start on or if I'll be able to get recycle parts to build it.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 07:39 PM

Here in Chile Loyales were sold new until 93, that's the one I have, and it has MPFI non-turbo, and 5 speed D/R.


Because the US got shafted on good stuff. Other countries didn't. But you probably didn't the legacy till later. Every country gets different stuff.




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