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Sporty Brat Thread, Function First.

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#1 stayDOOGAN



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Posted 04 June 2014 - 10:17 PM

Hey guys, after looking around and after endlessly bouncing things around in my head, as is ALWAYS the case, I was hoping a few of you had some experience / information on pretty much the OPPOSITE of what I see all day long with Brat's, instead of lifting them up. I'm interested in different suspension/wheel/tire setups, possibly done to make the brat ride more like a sporty car than a truck. Drop it down enough, but not cheesy/scraping/useless low. Stiffen everything up a bit.

Do Brats have decent handling characteristics naturally? Does it drive more like truck than a car, as far as the gearing and feel?
What mods/adjustments would you do if you could?

Bolstered bucket seats?

5 point harnesses?
Different suspension altogether?
RWD only conversions?

Sporty Transmission swaps?
Shoehorning in an 3.6l H6? (obscene)
Anything absolutely ridiculous I haven't thought of yet?

Thoughts? Pics?


As to not piss anyone off, honestly I'm just in the psychotic/genius possibilities thoughts process. Indulge me, the more pics the better.

I'm literally a "Sleeper" kind of guy anyway. Mostly. Mostly.


#2 turbosubarubrat


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 11:33 PM

#3 Rust


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 08:20 AM


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 12:29 PM

I've read on here that the gen2's suspension is around 1in shorter up front. I'm curious if anyone has any alternative suspension swap jobs on here as far as a mild lowering job goes.

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 06:57 PM

The best part about the gen 1s is that they are super light! 


Not really sure if you could do a whole lot as far as handling goes. Put stiffer springs up front? Thicker torsion bars in the rear? Anyone know of anything that swaps?


Motor wise, look for a NA EJ18, EJ20 or EJ22. They provide all of the horsepower you will ever need for these cars. 

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 12:31 AM

I recently fabricated a strut brace for mine, it made it a lot better in the corners.
I'd love to airbag it so it could be low for daily use but higher for offroading. They handle pretty well for what they are

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 12:52 AM

Air bags would be incredible! I may have to do some research.

#8 ironworkerboomer


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Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:30 AM

Is brat in your possession yet? I really want to see it clean. :) 

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 08:41 PM

Wet sanded the owners ranchero today, buffing it out tomorrow. Then title, then trailer, then clean, then pics. :)

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