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#1 branbikenut1

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 12:30 AM

Im a bit new to this forum so i decided it was my time to add my new rig. its a bone stock 92 Loyale 4wd wagon. Nothing special, just 225,xxx hard miles and lots of rust, well there was till i got ahold of a saw zaw and some roll on bedliner ;) Has been extremely reliable tho considering. I slapped some fog/ driving lights on the front, soon to have a nice KC upgrade. I currently run a 205/70/13 which is apparently hard to find since i blew a tire and now noone in the state seems to have a spare. plan to redrill to a 6 lug soon and a 2 inch kit. I NEED MORE POWER! Any ideas? it ran decent at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes but still doggy. Currently making a roofrack for the ole girl. It was too quiet so i cut the muffler and replaced it with a 3 inch tailpipe, sounds amazing! Any tips are ideas will def help. Is there a way to do a 5 lug swap? like i said before I'm a bit new here.

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The day i brought her home, best $500 investment ive ever made

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Playing at Silver Lake Sand Dunes

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trying to flex this thing out a bit

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After the bedliner

#2 branbikenut1

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 12:38 AM

The roof rack is coming along pretty good. it started out as the deck off of a large indutrial wagon thing i picked up at an auction. its HUGE. 4'x6' a bit too large.


I just now got it cut down though. i cut 12 inches off between the supports. Plan on welding it back together soon.

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This is what I'm using as the platform. still uncut

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This is what its looking like now, freshly cut, still needs welded back together.

I plan on running flat steel up from the sides later on and line it with tubing to make it a bit higher. Any ideas on how Long i should make the supports?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 02:09 AM

The roof rack is finished! will have pics of it installed tomorrow. I'm picking up a set of 6 lug wheels tomorrow and really need to know what is the ideal offset. I already have a set drilled out but the offset is way too much and rubs BADLY on the inner fender. Any suggestions or comments?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 08:51 AM

Right on! It's cool to see another member from MI on here. I take my 84 DL to Silver Lake quit frequently. I did not think there where any ea cars left here lol. Once I get my car running again we should meet up for some dune running!

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 04:50 PM

Hell ya! Mine is the only EA I've seen here in michigan. How far are you from the dunes? I'm like 3 hours :/

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:05 AM

Finally got the roof rack finished, painted, and on the car

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:08 PM

for gods sake man, paint those wheels black! also, nice rack, turned out real good

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 04:28 PM

The rack turned out good, all steel is a plus.

Are you planning on using those wheels in the back of the car? Looks to be some type of 6 or 8-lug wheel?

Here is a detailed write-up on how to do a 6-lug swap.
http://www.ultimates...ad.php?t=132536

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 01:36 AM

for gods sake man, paint those wheels black! also, nice rack, turned out real good


Those stock wheels on the car are just temporary. I did plan on blasting and painting them for winter. Thanks, I put a good amount of time since i couldnt really build it from scratch. everything i had was already bent and whatnot. Getting it all to fit and flow together was a pain in the a@%!

The rack turned out good, all steel is a plus.

Are you planning on using those wheels in the back of the car? Looks to be some type of 6 or 8-lug wheel?

Here is a detailed write-up on how to do a 6-lug swap.
http://www.ultimates...ad.php?t=132536


The wheels peeking through the back window were a set of 15x10 6 lug wagons i redrilled but a bit too much offset and I rubbed on the inner fender so today i swapped them for a set of 15x8 Chevy Rally wheels. Already have them drilled and tires mounted. Should have pics of them on the car tomorrow. Those will be black soon as well. That thread helped me quite a bit. Thanks

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 06:07 AM

Welcome! I'm down in Hillsdale, long way away from the dunes. :(

Liking the roof rack! Need to build one for my Wagon. I think Wagons look much better with a nicely built roof rack on them.

To do a 5-lug swap, you'll need to find the parts off an XT6 for the rears, only thing that will fit. You'll atleast need the hubs from one.
Swapped mine to 5-lug, but I also owned the XT6 all the parts came from, made it much easier/cheaper to do.
If you can do the fabrication work, Legacy rears could be made to fit, but it would be some serious fab work as it's a totally different setup under them.

Lots of info on this Board. Take the time to read thru some of the other forums like the Off Road and Retrofitting ones. Off Road has info on wheels and tires.
The USRM Forum has good info in it also.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:01 PM

Hot Dog Man! Someone else from Michigan :D That is quite a ways, that sucks. i found it easier to do the 6 lug personally but im a lazy a@# :-p

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:31 PM

Man, you are almost in the middle of the state! If you ever find your way to WI look me up and we'll do a Loyale meet, xbeerd has a '92 Loyale as well.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:33 PM

Over the years, I've made a few trips Northerly. Been over the bridge once, awesome ride on the back of a trike!!!!!
Thinking, I've been thru St.L. once, just seems to be real familular.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 10:51 AM

Man, you are almost in the middle of the state! If you ever find your way to WI look me up and we'll do a Loyale meet, xbeerd has a '92 Loyale as well.

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According to a few signs we have up around the city, we are geographically the center of the lower penninsula. Ill definately have to do that. Itd be a good time. Same goes for you if youre ever in MI.

Ive been over the bridge many times while growing up. It is beautiful once you get into the U.P. Lots of good trails up that way too.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 01:04 PM

I got looking closer at the car thia morning and realized that both of the outer and the center timing belt covers are broken. I have no place around here to get any parts whatsoever. Any ideas?

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 03:32 PM

Go coverless. You will thank yourself when the belt breaks. Turns a 45 min job to 20 min job.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 04:49 PM

I run coverless on all Subarus, never had a failed belt and you can inspect it on the daily if you want. Also makes adjusting the EA82 timing belt tension easier.

The timing covers are known to break just by looking at them.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:42 PM

Joes auto parts in Spring Lake ha a few nice loyales if your looking for parts. They have a complete xt6 there if you wanna go five lug.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:20 PM

Go coverless. You will thank yourself when the belt breaks. Turns a 45 min job to 20 min job.


I run coverless on all Subarus, never had a failed belt and you can inspect it on the daily if you want. Also makes adjusting the EA82 timing belt tension easier.

The timing covers are known to break just by looking at them.



Wow i never knew that. i kinda figured itd take a tole on the belt. all i can say is...SAWEET! that sure saves me a few pennies.

Joes auto parts in Spring Lake ha a few nice loyales if your looking for parts. They have a complete xt6 there if you wanna go five lug.


Ill def have to go check out. I find something else wrong with this thing everyday. I just had the passenger side caliper freeze up on me and now im looking at a minimum of $60 new!

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 11:15 AM

When you go to press the caliper piston in on the Loyale, you need to press and turn at the same time for it to seat back into its bore (Newer EJ Subarus you can just press the piston in with a C-clamp)

If you piston is stuck, soak it with some PB-Blaster or DeepCreep. Than use a block of wood and the hydraulic pressure of the system to back the piston out a little bit (Work it, to unfreeze it) Do not let the piston come completely out.

Might just save you some more time and money.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 01:19 PM

Ill try that. Thanks alot :D

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 12:11 AM

Finally got my rims finished, painted and ready to put on the car. I'm PUMPED! :banana:

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 02:42 PM

Does anybody know if its real hard to rebuilt the calipers?

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 04:26 PM

Does anyone have or know where you can get the tapered washer thing that goes into the hub before the spindle nut?

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 04:29 PM

You can get new Cone Washers from the dealer, or a junkyard if you have one by you. EA81 and EA82 use the same Cone Washer.




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