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#1 TROGDOR!

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Posted 04 June 2004 - 10:37 PM

Here's something I've been typing on for a few days whenever I'm bored... feel free to add corrections and more observations. Any way of getting this archived?

1985:
-EA82 sedan and wagon introduced
-Trim levels are DL, GL, GL-10, Turbo Traction, and RX
-All nonturbo models equipped with EA82 carb engines, EXCEPT:
-2WD GL-10 models equipped with EA82 MPFI engine (same as XT)

1985.5:
-Mirrors move from below window to sail panel (in front of window)

1986:
-Coupe introduced
-MPFI engine dropped
-Turbo Traction model dropped
-Checkered Flag RX interior dropped
-All 2WD GL and GL-10 models now have SPFI
-Shape of Dual Range shifter changed
-Third brakelight added

1987:
-Full Time 4WD introduced
-Gen 2 heads introduced (??)
-4 Speed Electronic Automatic Transmission (4EAT) introduced
-3.70 Full Time 4WD Dual Range trans with Diff Lock introduced
-3.70 Part Time 4WD Dual Range trans dropped
-Lock switch on dash for rear hatch (wagons and coupes) dropped
-Adjustable struts dropped
-Bumper style changed
-All models except DL now have painted bumpers
-Side cladding changed
-Grille style changed
-Yellow area on front sidemarkers is smaller
-Interior colors changed
-Dash buttons change from gray to black and gray
-Dash lights change from orange to green
-km/h no longer marked on speedometer (US models)
-Wiper switch moves from dash to column
-Headlight switch moves from dash to column
-Hazard switch moves from column to dash
-Trans tunnel widened to accomodate 4EAT
-Outboard (cube-shaped) AC compressor line attachments change

1987.5:
-White RX with ground effects introduced
-**Some late production (7/87) vehicles have 1987 VIN's but 1988 features**

1988:
-Carb engine dropped
-Automatic front seatbelts become optional
-High-rise console becomes available
-Rear shoulder belts now available
-Steering wheel style changes
-Stereo is now centered in dash and standard DIN width
-Trip computer moves from next to stereo to below stereo
-Headliner changed from perforated to smooth style
-Distributor cap changes from clip-on to screw-on style
-Distributor rotor changes from push-on to screw-on style
-MAF changes from flapper-door to vane style
-Windshield washer sprayers move from cowl to hood

1989:
-Touring Wagon introduced
-Automatic transmission available in RX coupe
-RX sedan dropped

1989.5:
-RX coupe color changes from white to black

1990:
-DL, GL-10, and RX models dropped
-3.7 Limited Slip Rear Differential (LSD) dropped (??)
-GL model changes to Loyale
-Dual Range transmission, sunroof, velour seats, digital dash, map lights, rear cargo light, trip computer, variable intermittent wipers, and air suspension (??) dropped
-Rear stereo speakers eliminated
-Painted bumpers, chrome stripe in side cladding, wagon rear trim beside back window no longer available
-Power windows, locks, and mirrors become standard
-Automatic seatbelts and high-rise console become standard
-Fully retracting rear shoulder belts in wagon and coupe become standard
-Wagon cargo covers now have metal support bar
-Automatic transmission models now have safety lock
-Subaru emblems change style
-Factory tire size changes to 165/80/13

1991:
-Coupe and touring wagon models dropped
-EA82T engine dropped
-Full Time 4WD dropped
-4 Speed Electronic Automatic Transmission (4EAT) dropped
-Alloy wheels no longer produced

1992:
-PCV retrofit introduced to prevent smoking on right turns

1993:
-Oil pressure and voltage gauges dropped
-Under-gauges dash trim is black in all interior colors

1994:
-No changes. Very few units produced. EA82 production stopped at end of model year.


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Posted 04 June 2004 - 11:09 PM

-"MAF changes from flapper-door to vane style" in 1987, not 1988.
-I think GEN 3 heads were available in 1989 or maybe it was 1990

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Posted 04 June 2004 - 11:24 PM

In regards to steering wheels. 85-86 have style A, 87 has a style VERY similar to A, but is one of its own "style B" and in 88 style C is introduced and carried through production to the end

A is 2 spokes STRAIGHT down
B is 2 spokes down but slightly in a / \ shape
C = horizontally across.

My specs apply to GL style wheels, I dunno WHAT the DL's had...

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 03:21 AM

I had an 86 XT with MPFI an MPFI motor

Turbos are all MPFI

I have an 87 wagon with a screw-on style distributor cap. I also have an 86 sedan that has a screw on dizzy cap, as does the 85 parts car. My 85 carbed wagon, however, has the clip on style cap.

Also, 86 california 2WD models are SPFI I do believe...

Good start though :-)

Also, in 88 the front washer squirters were moved from the cowl to the hood.

Also, the part where teh mirrors are attached on 86 and newer, is not called a sail panel, a sail panel is the metal between the rear quarter window and teh rear glass on a 2 or 4 door sedan/coupe (with trunk)

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 04:07 AM

the corner lights didn't get changed till 88

and i believe the hood sprayers started in 87

with the loyales they also changed the (inside) door handels and shifter collum

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 04:57 AM

The 86 GL wagon as well as the 86 GL hatchback I owned both had carb engines. I don't know if this was specific to Canadian models or to GL models with manual transmission. My father-in-law's Canadian 86 GL wagon with DR 4WD also had a carb engine.

There was a mirror style change between 85 and 86. The attachment at the triangle at the front of the windshield became somewhat fatter.

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 06:42 AM

Heh... you learn something new every day.

As for the changes with the MAF and distributor... my 87 turbo XT has a flapper door. Maybe this was something that *started* to change in 87? I assumed 88-up because of what I found on my 87. And the distributor- my 87 wagon had the clip-on style. Here's a thought... maybe the carb engines had the clip-on style and the SPFI's had screw-on.

I had no idea about the steering wheels... neat observation. I'll have to take a look next time I'm at the yard. Far as I can tell the DL stayed the same all along.

The list didn't include XT's... trying to make up an entire other list for them ;). The MPFI I'm talking about is the nonturbo version. Anyone ever seen a sedan or wagon with one? 1985 2WD GL-10's had them- at least a few did.

I've heard several people say that it was the California 2WD models that were SPFI in 86- but- I owned a federal model that was SPFI, and also know someone else who did. This could have been another one of those Subaru freaks of nature that shouldn't exist but does.

The sail panel actually is the triangle in front of the door glass. I work at a salvage yard, and "sail panel mount" is an option for mirrors on dozens of vehicles that I look up on the compuiter.

The corner lights definitely did change in 87. Every stock 87 vehicle I've seen has the late model ones, and the Hollander interchange at work confirms this. But... the early marker lights will fit any car up to 94, and you see them installed on later vehicles pretty often.

As for the hood sprayers- I owned an 87 that had them, and I also owned an 87 that didn't. They may have been a 1987.5 update? All I know for sure is that 88 is the first year where they ALL had them.

Thanks for the tip on the Loyale interior parts- I forgot to put that in. Upon a closer look it seems that the Loyale door handles and shifter trim (or lack thereof) are the same as the DL.

I'll post a revised list tonight with all your revisions in it.

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 10:36 AM


1993:
-Oil pressure and voltage gauges dropped
-Under-gauges dash trim is black in all interior colors

1994:
-No changes. Very few units produced. EA82 production stopped at end of model year.
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you make it sound so ominous and sad.

the 85-86 had the defrost vents on the b-pillar the instrument clusters are different, have orange lighing. the fan is where the blank* is, the wiper where the fan *is, and the headlights where the hazard is(*on later ea82)

the 85-86 mpfi are more like the mpfi in the ea81, with the vane style mpfi introduced in 83.

the steering wheel for 85 and a6 are a squarish A shape, says subaru with an emblem. the "87" is the same shape, less hardlined, and subaru is molded in the padding. 88 and up had the bulky as myoss feece would say "dildo steering wheel"

jims 86 sedan is spfi, and so was an 86 gl-10 he had also.(the motor in your ride steve!"

......something about the AT gear changes from 3.9 to 3.7 after 1987, get all that on the list.

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 12:38 PM

i dunno....every 87 ive ever seen...the corner lights were the still the old ones.


that's how you can tell it's an 87. it hase the "newer" bumpers and interior, with the old corner lights.

BUT it might have been a mid year change??? I need more input

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 08:32 PM

My 91 Loyale has the connectors, live too, for the rear speakers, so I assume that this was still offered as an option. Why else would they run an unused harness section for another year? You might want to add something about the bumper size changes.

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 10:44 PM

great idea!

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 08:08 AM

*All models except DL now have painted bumpers*

I remeber all 85/86 having painted bumpers. I know, cuz I have an 86. I have a DL, and two RXs....RXs are painted bumpers, the DL is not. Ive seen countless other GLs and up with regular black bumpers, never painted at all. Loyales included.

the sidemarkers changed for the 1987 and up years.

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 12:36 PM

*All models except DL now have painted bumpers*

I remeber all 85/86 having painted bumpers. I know, cuz I have an 86. I have a DL, and two RXs....RXs are painted bumpers, the DL is not. Ive seen countless other GLs and up with regular black bumpers, never painted at all. Loyales included.

the sidemarkers changed for the 1987 and up years.


Most 85-86 models did not have painted bumpers. I see them all over town and all over the yard. Painted bumpers were *optional* for 85 and 86. Every 87-89 GL, GL-10, and RX I've ever seen that hasn't been toyed with has painted bumpers, and the exact opposite goes for Loyales- never seen one with painted bumpers.

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 01:29 PM

Some 87 tidbits...

My 87 has:

Clip on disty
Cowl mounted washers (not hood)
Headliner with little tiny little holes in it (kinda like a band-aid, 88 and up was a solid sheet of vinyl)
Tilt steering wheel release is a lever (for entry exit) rather than a little black thing you push in like on 85-86
The orange reflectors on the side markers are small style, not the large 85-86 style.

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Posted 07 June 2004 - 01:22 AM

yeah, the 85 and 86 although they were AVAILABLE with painted bumpers, I dont;' think it was a standard option on the GL-10s either, since Jessica's 86 is a GL-10 but its bumpers are not painted.

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 05:42 PM

i bookmarked this a long time ago, and just looked over it again...

figured id give it a bump just to let everyone else see it. this was a worthy thread, methinks. i hate to spawn any arguments over 2 year old posts.. but i thought it was worth it.

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 07:48 PM

Great bump! Give me a finished product and I'll put it in the USRM! I've never seen this list before. :headbang:

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 08:39 PM

well see i thought about suggesting that... but where in the USRM might it go?

i thought it might be a bit more appropriate to make a sticky out of it.

i guess I'll sit down and start cut-n-pasting things... I'll make a new post tomorrow night after a good 24 hr discussion on differences not noted here, then draw up a new master list and credit those to whom its already due (mostly TROGDOR! the Pastor of Muppets)

whether its made into a sticky or a USRM article, or both, is academic i think. a sticky would allow for user updates upon discovery of unlisted changes or differences.

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 08:48 PM

my 1987 GL/loyale wagon has a DR 5 speed.

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 08:50 PM

my 1987 wagon has a DR 5 speed.


And what's that got to do with the list? Read more carefully. It says 3.70 part time dual range dropped. Not what you have.

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 08:53 PM

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 08:56 PM

my DR is not full time.I have FWD,4 lo, and 4 high

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 09:15 PM

One thing about Turbo Distributors. In 85/86, the distributors were vacuum advanced. In 87, then switched to the optical disty.

And 86 SPFI (according to the FSM) has a hotwire style maf, not flapper door. But the 86 Turbo and MPFI still have flapper doors.

my DR is not full time.I have FWD,4 lo, and 4 high

But its not 3.7. Its 3.9

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 09:18 PM

okay... flapper style MAF, i understand.. hotwire style MAF, i understand.. vane style?? wtf is that?:confused: is that just another way of saying hotwire style?

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 09:18 PM

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