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The mystery of the green switch.....

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#1 that one kid

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 08:42 PM

Okay so in fairness its probably not a great mystery but i can't figure out what it is so. I own a second gen 1986 brat and it has a green switch to the right of the steering wheel on the dash and i have no idea what it does.

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#2 skishop69


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Posted 25 January 2014 - 08:56 PM

It's not factory. Trace the wires and see where they go....

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 02:53 PM

Niice, so this confirms what the circle in place of that switch is in my car.

It's cool that Subaru built-in places for aftermarket switches.


I have the same square block plastic piece with what looks like a circle ready to be punched out (3 or four tabs).

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 01:45 AM

Flip the switch and look for smoke................

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 05:41 AM

I placed my driving lamp rocker switch in that same location.  Do you have aftermarket fogs or driving lamps presently, or the Brat had them in the past?

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:51 AM

It's the passenger seat ejector switch. 

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 11:37 AM


"It's cool that Subaru built-in places for aftermarket switches."


I think these spots were actually for a couple factory options such as the cyclops light and cruise control. but can be used for anything. The switch in the pic is definately not stock. I would look to see if somebody added a fan or foglights, but really it could be anything that broke at one time and was rigged up. Maybe enen corrected later and is just a ghost switch that is better looking than a hole.

Like somebody else said, trace the wires if it doesn't do anything when you flip it.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 03:46 PM

I know what you can use it for, intimidation ;)


Next time you're on a run with someone new to your ride, tell them to buckle up and HANG ON!


*Flip*  ...   *click*   *Flip*  *click**flip**click*

Uhh, the supercharger might need adjustment..

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 12:01 AM

Evident with the shiny phillips head above the switch that others have been in there.  Aftermarket switch of course.  Possibly dab screw with black flat paint on the end of a Q-tip, or get original screw next trip to wrecking yard.  Nice looking color on trim...  sorry, off topic but love that dark blue.  (reminds me of my Hatch)  Checked you brat picture out.  Very nice... take care of that one.  

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 01:36 AM

Prolly the flux capacitor switch, pretty common on thouse older rigs.


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:19 AM

I'm guessing it's for the hydrosilator, they were sometimes bundled with the chrome muffler bearing / synthetic blinker fluid option. 

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 03:05 AM

When i wad younger i had a switch in my car that didnt "seem" to go nowhere but it interrupted the signal to the gas gauge. All my friend swear that car got the worse gas mileage EVER!! If i had a car full of drunks! I ended up with a full tank and 50-200$

I think you switch is supposed to go to one of these but you can get a new one here

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 08:56 PM

I personally prefer the organic matter model, apintonut.


You know, I noticed that out of the 3 slotted holes on my hatch, one had a metal plug with a slightly concave black rubber cap. It slightly moves in when you press it, but that's probably just the rubber.


-I wonder what it was for myself, I'm going to investigate.

Anyone know where this leads? Through the side of the car or through the firewall? Any panels to remove to see it, or veiwable in the engine bay?

I only ask so I have heads up when I go take a look.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 08:27 PM

Sorry i haven't responded I've been really busy recently thanks for all the posts.  Im pretty sure its something like what "capn_r" suggested as it has a fluid, maybe electric sound when its flipped. i Don't have any fog lights or after markets on the car... I don't think its the flux capacitor as that was removed by the previous owner along with the ejector seat (for some reason the T top wasn't big enough to eject through). Ill keep you guys informed when i have time to trace the wire.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 08:49 PM

I could take a look at it if you don't find out next time I head up to hood river. It could be the fuel pump, fans, sigoret lighter, radio, fog/offroad/driving lights, and some other stuff. Only way to figure it out is to turn it on and look for something that's on or find where the wiring is hooked up to.

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 02:33 PM

Do you keep it on or off when your driving? i have a switch for my fuel pump in the same place.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:37 AM

i usually keep the switch off while driving since I'm not really sure what it does yet, it could be be for headlights now that i think about it since i haven't actually looked at the front to see if  it does anything when parked. and thanks "turbosubarubrat" that would be awesome haven't been able to do much with the poor brat this snow is a huge bummer. I just moved out of a ski resort in california to escape the terrible winters and now my old home has no virtually no snow and hood river is buried.

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