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Little bump in the rump, EA82 shock mod

EA82 Shock rear spring lift adjustable height shock

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#1 Gloyale


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Posted 14 September 2013 - 11:46 AM

So recently I replaced the factory adjustables on my 86 EA82 wagon.  I had the old adjustables cranked to the high setting to help clear my 215/70/15 tires.


The new shocks had a spring perch that sat a bit lower, (3/4 in.) on the shock than were it was in the high position with the adjustables.


So hears what I did to mimic the extra preload/height of the old ones using the new shocks.


I did need a pair of old spring perches from another non-adustable EA82 shock set.  lucky for me I've got tons of suba-spoob everywhere.



here's the pics, pretty self explainitory


New perch knocked off the new strut.

Flipped over and slid back on

Old set of perches slid on "correct" way to make lip to hold the spring

Finished, spring perch raised about 3/4 inch from factory setting.



Note this mod takes away a tiny bit of the "uptravel" of the shock.  About 1/2 inch.  Which for me is fine since I don't want the tire to be able to "stuff" too far into the wheel well and rub.


#2 bratman18



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Posted 14 September 2013 - 03:35 PM

I actually did the first step in this a few years ago. I flipped the lower spring perch, and then welded an old prop rod around to hold the spring to add just a little extra. But we didn't have any old perches laying around to do like you did.

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 11:29 PM

Here's something I saw a while back. Rear shocks for EA82, slide in a spacer. But I haven't had the need to do so.




#4 Gloyale


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 01:58 PM

Yeah, I surely am not the first to have this idea, or have done something similar.  Covergent evolution and what not.....I digress.


I've actually done several this way before, just thought I'd finally take some pictures.  Sorry half of them are upside down, and out of focus.


Just trying to document all the little tricks and tips every subaru nut should know about the old school.  I figure the more little tips are out there, the more the desire and ability of people to keep them around.

Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: EA82, Shock, rear, spring, lift, adjustable height shock

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