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#1 subusolo2nut

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 12:23 AM

The car is back on the ground---again. It started when I removed the rear torsion bar to change the ride height--to make a story short--the bar was a rusted mess & the outer control parts wouldn't separate from the bar. I decided to install a bar from a 2WD DL wagon--spring rate is MUCH higher- I readjusted the bar up 2 splines & re-set the car--the suspension travel is about 2 1/2--3" real stiff---now the ground clearance is running in the 6" range all the way around. The next job is building the bodywork mods( airdam-rear cap & fender flairs)
The bushings are designed for the EA81 cars & I believe that they will work for most of the earlier cars. The EA82 cars use the same fronts--the inner rears are also the same--I need someone to measure the outer control arm bushings--I could have a full car set designed for the later cars (would take 6 bushing sets per car).

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#2 The Scooby

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 01:04 AM

nice, very nice, i got to get on the ball and find the sway bars for my wagon, and do some more suspension mods so she will handle better.

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 01:04 AM

I'm interested in a set of bushing for a newer generation vehicle. If you can diagram and arrow what needs to be measured I could probally do it.

I'm also interested in some poly sway bar bushings...

#4 pleiades

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 05:40 AM

I hope to start working on some Delrin bushings for our cars soon. I may be able to get some poly sway bar bushings as well.

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 06:51 AM

I also am interested in the bushings for a newer gen car. Specifically an 87 RX.

I guess the line forms here. Curious about what a set would cost.

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Nice EA81 car BTW. Going to autocross it? What class? STS?

#6 subusolo2nut

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Posted 17 April 2004 - 01:58 PM

**UPDATE**
Had to do some re-working on the rear suspension--after driving, the rears had very negative camber & were toe'd-in almost 1". I removed the torsion bar & rewelded the inner control arm pick-up points to a more level position (they were canted 15 deg)--this took out most of the negative camber (now about 1/2 neg) & slotted the outer arm backwards to allow toe ajustment--rear is now at 1/2 neg camber & 1/16 toe-in.

Next came the FUN!!! I've got the flairs done in mock-up--just need to have the temp warm enough for fiber-glas---

O--BTW--the seats are out of a early 90's Honda Civic--took some minor work to install (grinding on front mount tabs & welded a new rear mount)--Thought they looked very good in the car--real form-fitting!!

#7 carfreak85

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Posted 17 April 2004 - 02:17 PM

Maybe I missed it, but how did you lower the front end?

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Posted 17 April 2004 - 10:22 PM

I never woulda thought you could make an ea81 look that sleek :slobber:. Especially a coupe!

#9 subusolo2nut

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Posted 17 April 2004 - 11:35 PM

Its been a fair amount of hard work--wait til you see the front air dam & rear cap--All the Honda boys will have to MOVE OVER!!!:-p A SUBARU is comin' thru!!:burnout:

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Posted 18 April 2004 - 12:42 AM

Nice! Could you do that to my Brat? What would you charge to make my Brat look that sweet before it's paint job? Sounds like your not far from me....

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 01:01 PM

i need something like that for my rx, i got some pugs with wide tires and now they stick out over an inch from the sides of the fenders.

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 08:24 PM

Ooo very nice dude. Maybe I should bring my wagon on down and we can do some body mods to it;);) I'll PM you with what would be goin on with it. But congrats!!! That thing is pimp looking, just needs something on the front and rear ends to finish it off

Oh and BTW, what are those rims from? Did you redrill your hubs or something??? Those rims are PIMPTASTIC!!!

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 09:21 PM

What a fun-looking project! Can't wait to hear about some stories about you kicking Subaru-n00b behind! :)

#14 subusolo2nut

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 10:50 PM

Ooo very nice dude. Maybe I should bring my wagon on down and we can do some body mods to it;);) I'll PM you with what would be goin on with it. But congrats!!! That thing is pimp looking, just needs something on the front and rear ends to finish it off

Oh and BTW, what are those rims from? Did you redrill your hubs or something??? Those rims are PIMPTASTIC!!!


Yea-the rims are 4 x130mm from VW superbeatle--Empie 8 spoke--You can get them online from CB performance---

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 01:50 AM

Bitchin!!!!!!!

Might inspire our local GLF abuser to do the same.Mighty nice job you have going.Looking forward to seeing the final product.

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 09:06 AM

Thank you everyone!!---I was kind'a suprised to see this older post pop up again--You can look at more current pics in the photo gallery or follow some of my current posts---The flairs will most likely be done this month or early next & the project for this winter is a EJ22 (so I stay in the class I'm in)---So, stay tuned---

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 01:22 PM

Kind of off topics here, but is that a Lotus frame on the floor next to the car??

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 02:03 PM

Kind of off topics here, but is that a Lotus frame on the floor next to the car??


It looks a bit familiar to me (which pretty much excludes a Lotus, as I can't even afford to look at one :-\ ), my guess is Triumph Spitfire/GT6.

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 08:34 PM

Several Lotus' had an hour glass shaped frame, and that frame looks kind of hour glass shaped. Did a Triumph have axles like that??

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 09:46 PM

Well--yes its a Spitfire----Kind'a. Its a long term project--'67 Spit that has been widened 5" front & 9" rear with the wells tubbed inboard to allow "real" tires--powered by a 3.5L Rover V8 with a Getrag 5 speed behind--the axles you saw are Miata/RX7 so the car will have a better rear suspension--teamed up with a Gen II RX7 limited slip center pod---Kind'a looks like a baby Cobra when its all together----side-lined due to $$$$ (will need a cubic yard of $ to finish---):grin: So, the Subie came into being---I WANTED a car that I could run on the track & play with on the street---So if anyone knows somebody with a spare $6000 or so (engine has over $5000 invested in it)-----if anyone's interested--- (& if this won't prove I'm a car nut--I don't know what will---)

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 09:59 PM

I was gonna ask about the frame too, but I know the lotus europa/elan frames join together in the middle to form a single backbone, and that one doesnt seem to :) Havent looked at an Esprit frame though. All_talk, the old lotuses aren't that expensive, they're just rare and so small its easy to miss them ;).

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Posted 03 August 2004 - 01:51 AM

"Bitchin!!!!!!!

Might inspire our local GLF abuser to do the same.Mighty nice job you have going.Looking forward to seeing the final product."

No way, Paul. Mine is staying bone stock, right down to the auto tranny.

Your in-law's, though...


Nice job, I wonder if you could fit an XT interior into that eventually? The hood scoop is definitely a standout too.




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