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Are all 1983 GL's D/R ??


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#1 stangboytom

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Posted 31 August 2003 - 10:52 PM

1983 subaru GL Wagon. 1.8L 4x4 are all the 83 GL's dual range ? does the single range suck ??

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Posted 31 August 2003 - 11:15 PM

If it is a 4 speed manual transmission it should be Dual Range. If it is an automatic then it is a single range. They used Single Range 4speeds on alot of DL and 1600cc models. With the 1.8 chances are it has a Dual Range tranny.

Single range doesnt suck. But Dual Range is alot better.

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Posted 31 August 2003 - 11:21 PM

So these things are pretty strong, never had a suby before. Are the motors/trannys pretty tough, will it take a little abuse, I plane on some snow/sand. What are the things i should look for when shopping for one ?:headbang: :wave:

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Posted 31 August 2003 - 11:23 PM

as long as the radiator is good and you change the oil it will live forever:banana:
dual range is cool to have, if you are going to off road it. they love abuse.

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Posted 31 August 2003 - 11:40 PM

Cool I just thought that sombody whould know for Sure if that particual car whould ONLY have dual range ...

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Posted 31 August 2003 - 11:43 PM

my 83 gl wagon was a 2wd 5spd. but now it has a 4wd rear end, and a 5spd 4wd form a later body style. so no mater what you got you can make any ol' subaru a 4wd if you want to get that into it!

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Posted 31 August 2003 - 11:47 PM

Sounds like things are pretty interchangeable . So it chould have a single range it depends on how they ordered it ?

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Posted 01 September 2003 - 12:16 AM

Did they put a newer style d/r tranny in any newer style subes??
I'd like to do a motor swap from a legacy2.2 but I dont want to give up D/R versatility.

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Posted 01 September 2003 - 12:19 AM

That '83 GL is almost certain to have a Dual Range 4speed. If its 4WD and its a Manual, its a dual range.

They will take almost anything. Just look around at some of our Subaru's and what we put them through. I have a '84 GL which is the same body style, has the same engine but I lifted it 3" and use it as my primary off-road rig. Some of us here have done even more to them.

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Posted 01 September 2003 - 12:22 AM

LIFTED ? Who makes a lift kit for these ?:banana:

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Posted 01 September 2003 - 12:26 AM

anyone with a welder!

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Posted 01 September 2003 - 12:47 AM

BYB makes lift kits for ea81, ea82, and a few of the newer models (I think). They cost around $300-$400.

Go to http://www.ozified.com

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Posted 01 September 2003 - 12:54 AM

Yup, about $350. And I had to wait a month or so for mine to be finished and shipped to me. But its worth it!

Here's a pic of her:

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And there are more here:
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Posted 01 September 2003 - 01:20 AM

Uh oh.. Now he knows they have dual range.. he's seen the lift.. $5 says he'll be asking about 14 or 15 inch wheels next:grin:

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Posted 01 September 2003 - 01:35 AM

What's the stock tire size, and what fits ?:headbang:

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Posted 01 September 2003 - 01:38 AM

Stock rim size is 13" rim, stock tires are around 175/70R13.

The bolt pattern our cars have do not match any other bolt pattern for any other 14" or 15" rim other than Peugeot. You will hear alot about them on this board.

Without a lift, you can run 14" peugeot rims and up to 26" tires, and thats after alittle sledge work and alittle fender triming.

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Posted 02 September 2003 - 10:38 AM

According to the brochures, all GL's are D/R if manual. No D/R's were offered as a DL model.

http://usmb.net/gallery/album76/1983_l

The last line on the page is the dual range tranny and it is only under the GL models.

Hope this helps,

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