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Progress on the EA71 to EA81 suspension swap


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#1 Caboobaroo

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Posted 28 April 2004 - 10:56 PM

For all of those who are keeping up with the saga, I just started to test fit everything into the wagon tonight. I got some pics but they're kinda dark. For those who have no clue what I've been doing, for the past month or so, I've been converting the front suspension in my 79 4wd wagon from the EA71 suspension (control arms, ball joints, knuckles, rotors, calipers) to EA81 suspension. I have yet to really start to dig into my brake conversion for the front but I'm workin as fast as I can.
http://usmb.net/gall...bum211/AUT_3206http://usmb.net/gall...bum211/AUT_3207
http://usmb.net/gall...bum211/AUT_3208
http://usmb.net/gall...bum211/AUT_3198

I also got some pics of the lowering job I'm doing to it. I cut 3 coils from each spring but I only have the drivers side loosly put on so I could see how much lower it is. It dropped about 2-3 inches. I have compared it with the back which I have yet to lower but will soon! Enjoy:D
http://usmb.net/gall...bum211/AUT_3199
http://usmb.net/gall...bum211/AUT_3200
http://usmb.net/gall...bum211/AUT_3201

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 12:42 AM

Damn russ you have been working hard! Way to go man!


Talk to you soon.

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 12:51 AM

i saw a first gen wagon just like that but red today when i was driving my 86 red wagon to work today, older lady crusing along at about 70mph. pretty good shape. gave her a thumbs up and she looked at me as if im crazy, well she got that right... :lol:

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 11:20 AM

Well today I hope I can get the stabilizer bar welded to the control arm and at least get everything loosly put on the passenger side for test fitting. If it all works out, then I will do the drivers side too and then get everything painted and reassembled. I then will have the task of doing a brake job on it using the 84-newer EA81 vented rotors and calipers to mount but from the looks of that, it'll be like doing another brake job on a Subaru:D Once I get the front end squared away, I then will pull the tranny, motor, and maybe the cross member so I can clean them up (minus motor) paint them, and drop everything back into the car but before I drop the motor back in, I'm gonna finish painting the engine compartment black so them the Dark Ford Blue will stand out more when you open up the hood:cool:

Oh and then when I get the front done, I'm gonna lower the back and do a disc brake conversion to it (I found like 3 sets for rear disc brakes in the j/y!!!)

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 11:53 AM

Russ....you have been working hard! Pics look good! What is the advantage of switching? Are you panting that yellow again?



Let me know what I owe you man!

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 12:42 PM

Well a few of the advantages of switching is:
1. I priced ball joints for an EA71 and the were almost 30 bucks a piece where the EA81 ball joints were 30 bucks for both
2. Parts are a little easier to find where as even though I live in the PNW, parts are still a little hard to come by

Well I want to get away from the yellow and go something else and I thought of black. I'm also working on getting my interior so it will be completely black too. Eventually, I'll prolly put an EA82 sunroof in it or something like that but for now, I'm doin my suspension and brake mods to help keep the cost of parts down.

I'll get back to ya on how much it'll be Todd but prolly about 30 bucks for the tins plus shipping. Sound good?

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 09:09 PM

Hey Russ!


I would love to do a rear disc conversion on my car and I need to update the brakes on the front (they are squeling like they need to be replaced)

Maybe we can go pull some off this weekend?
I am planning on spending some time with Andrew on Sunday. Was thinking pool at the place in albany so I can have a beer.

Let me know.

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Posted 30 April 2004 - 04:56 PM

Well I got one control arm tacked into place and looking good so now I'm gonna really take a welder to it and buzz a nice looking bead onto it. Pics from this mornings progress:
http://usmb.net/gall...bum211/AUT_3236
http://usmb.net/gall...bum211/AUT_3237
http://usmb.net/gall...bum211/AUT_3238

Josh, yeah we can do the conversion but we're gonna have to modify the rear trailing arms (I can show ya on Sunday) but we sure can do a brake job on Sunday. If we can find an 84 EA81 wagon/hatch/coupe, we can get the front rotors off of it and capliers and do the vented rotor swap too if you want to.

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Posted 30 April 2004 - 09:07 PM

Woohhoo Work it Russ.

Looks great so far. I didnt get your reasons for doing this till you posted. Good reasons. The parts cost alone would be a great reason. Plus it looks fun as fun gets. :cool:

Cant wait to see it lowered.

By the way are you going to cut the springs on the back as well? Or are you looking for more of a slope?

Joshua

Ps how 'bout just outlining what your doing to the back.

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Posted 30 April 2004 - 09:09 PM

Hey Russ, when are you going to come pick up your sunroof?!

Hehehe, seriously though, I have a complete EA82 power sunroof laying in my shed right now, yours for the one time only, low low price of 25 bucks, plus a drive to Medford, no way I'm shipping this pig. PM me if your interested.




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