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subaru running gear swap

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#1 MPGvan


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Posted 05 November 2010 - 03:14 AM

has anyone done a complete subaru 4x4 running gar swap?
this caught my attention.


he welded a metro body to a jeep, however, the wide frame rails and cross member on a metro look to line up very well with a brat :) i would like to do this very soon, i will post measurements and pics soon.. the only problem i can see is sliding the (complete) running gear as (one unit) under the metro.. once i have the running gear in place the rest should be a breeze..

comments are welcome

#2 Turbone


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Posted 05 November 2010 - 08:02 AM

The Brat has a unibody, no frame.
You will need to build some kind of subframe as its not just going to bolt up to the Metro.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:33 AM

quite a bit of talented folks on here and elsewhere have done all sorts of swaps.

#4 thatswhatshesaid


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Posted 05 November 2010 - 04:27 PM

It's thoroughly possible. But as previously mentioned, serious frame fabbing will need to be done...

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 02:36 AM

the METRO is also unibody construction
it should be Farly easy to double stack scribe/fit and weld the subframes together once they are in place :lol::grin:
it will take a lot of overhead welding/cutting and grinding to properly mate the subframes but i feel the finished product will look factory banana :banana:
i want to use stock subaru 13s to keep the gearing low with a generous lift to clear the stock fenders with (minimal trimming/flaring) . the 13" spare tire will mount nicely on the rear of the metro for that factory look..lol


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Posted 14 November 2010 - 02:01 PM

how about this one...

EJ running gear into Nissan Hardbody...


#7 monstaru


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Posted 23 November 2010 - 12:51 AM

you literally need a long rectangular frame.if that car is as flat on the bottom as it looks.even if it is not, keeping a flat profile will serve you for your lift.
i mean a long rectangle.with some mounts off for the engine , trans, and the front of the rear diff.

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kinda like this,
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excuse the crude drawings....the truck link was good,but for you it is even simpler...

Edited by monstaru, 23 November 2010 - 12:59 AM.

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