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#1 the sucker king

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Posted 30 September 2003 - 08:03 PM

i've seen this designation on cars from the ea81 and ea82 era. whats it mean? is it an options package?

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Posted 30 September 2003 - 08:08 PM

As far as I know, GL-10 means it's loaded up. You will only find it on EA82 cars as far as I know but there was rumor to be on EA81 but no one has proved it as far as I know.

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Posted 30 September 2003 - 08:09 PM

Boz, I have an '84 GL10 coupe. It's 2wd with auto. It didn't cover the wheels, sunroof, cargo rack, black out or paint treatment. List price in 1984 was just over $12,000.

Yes, it is an option designation. Just like DL/GL. Most GL10's have all power accy's, nicer interior and power moonroofs, in '84 they came with non-power sunroofs as an additional option. In the EA82 models most/all Turbo models had all the GL10 options.

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Posted 30 September 2003 - 08:10 PM

Yes, its an options package.. For EA82s it meant

-better front seats with height adjustment
-black trim (door handles and such) on 4wd models
-slightly larger tires(this one never gets mentioned, but it says so in my owners manual)
-digidash
-sun roof
-rear head rests(in wagons, at least)
-lots were turbo, but not all

Oh hell, I know theres more, but my brain just turned off.. someone else will have to complete the list.. I have learned that when the brain turns off, its time to stop typing

#5 Qman

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Posted 30 September 2003 - 08:43 PM

The tire size is mandated by transmission.

2wd GL's have 175/70R13.
2wd DL's have 155/70R13.
4WD GL's have 185/70R13.
4WD DL's have 175/70R13.

Not all GL10's have rear headrests. (this is an additional option)

Things like roof racks and rear air deflectors on wagons are also additional options.

The following info is taken directly from the '84 and '86 sales brochures.
'84;
These are beyond the standard GL options
AM/FM ETR 6 speaker stereo,
PS
PW(only available as PW Pmirror option pkg)
Cruise control,
A/C,
Digi dash
Sunroof-pop up style.

Turbo coupes came with all the GL10 options and the Turbo wagons came in GL or GL10.

'86

The power moon roof was only available in the turbo.
GL10's were turbo's except in the 4dr sedan which had the option of non-turbo.
Digi dash only came with the turbo's.
Trip computers.
Power door locks.(Were standard but available on other models.)
Folddown rear seat.
Height adjustment on drivers seat only.
Electronic height control for suspension.

That's about it.

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Posted 30 September 2003 - 10:15 PM

Hondasucks had a 1983 GL-10 sedan 2wd. It is an EA81 with a 5-speed. The only mod I think he did was cut the shifter. :brow:

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Posted 30 September 2003 - 11:02 PM

In 1987 the pneumatic suspension was available only with automatic transmission, according to my owner's manual.

GL-10 sedans also usually came with the folding armrests. My window sticker lists N/C for the rear headrests, (wagon) digidash, intermittent multiple-time-delay wipers, etc. The only options were the Rusty Jones protection group (ugh), the upgraded stereo/cass, and "special paint" in Mica Red Pearl.

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Posted 30 September 2003 - 11:15 PM

HOWEVER a lot of GLs came with all the GL10 stuff but no GL10 badge. go figure. Some RXes came without the RX designation in the same way.

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Posted 30 September 2003 - 11:33 PM

The GL10 designation lumped a bunch of stuff under the same name, standard, and added some model-exclusive options. You couldn't get blackout trim, a height-adjustable seat, or a digidash on a lesser trim level. Also, since a GL retailed for a couple of hundred dollars more with all the options, the GL10 was a much more economical way to go at the higher end.

As for the RX, there wasn't much of a price difference but the RX was only available with a couple of colors (and in one body style, coupe or 3-door, depending on year).

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Posted 01 October 2003 - 12:09 AM

I had a digital dash on my 85 GL...
Also had the Trip Computer, Power Moonroof, PW/PL

Didn't have Turbo, Height Adjustable Seat, or ride height adjustment.

That was my first soob, and my first manual tranny. I miss that car...

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Posted 01 October 2003 - 06:02 PM

Originally posted by PHATBRAT
As far as I know, GL-10 means it's loaded up. You will only find it on EA82 cars as far as I know but there was rumor to be on EA81 but no one has proved it as far as I know.



had one for parts, 1983 sunroof and power windows 2wd 5 spd
i had the badge, but the gl10 part broke off.

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Posted 01 October 2003 - 07:08 PM

WagonsOnly - you must be talking about EA82's cause I have an 84 wagon with just about everything - not badged tho. Digidash, PW, PM, CC, AC, Velour interior, sunroof. It WAS a 2WD 5 speed, but is now a 4 speed D/R 4WD with 3" custom lift :burnout:

Oh - and has anyone actually seen an EA81 wagon that was badged as a GL-10? I want pics, cause I have never seen one, and I don't believe they existed. I have seen coupe's, and sedans - plenty of them in fact, but NEVER a GL-10 wagon in the Gen 2 body style. Maybe I just haven't seen one?

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Posted 01 October 2003 - 07:17 PM

my wife saw this thread and said we're a bunch of dorks.

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Posted 01 October 2003 - 08:23 PM

... My wife says the same thing.. Could be they're right.. could also be that they are jealous because they don't have a GL-10 :)

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Posted 01 October 2003 - 11:12 PM

I stand corrected. The digidash and the sunroof were stand-alone options. But the GL-10 package debuted in 1983 and lasted until '89, and had most of the goodies included in the price. There was also something called the "turbo-10" introduced in 1983, not sure how long it lasted, but according to rumor it only was available with the wagon and an auto tranny. I've never seen one but I did see an ad in a magazine from that era.

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Posted 01 October 2003 - 11:18 PM

there is a cherry, tan ea81 wagon running around minneapolis. gl-10 badges, sun roof... makes me mad

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Posted 02 October 2003 - 03:56 AM

Well - all EA81 turbo's came with the auto 4WD tranny, so that is in fact not a rumor. As to being only in wagons, I don't know. Never seen a turbo-10 either. I'm guessing most of those have already blown a digi-dash, and went to the crush-pile. In fact - I'll bet that's what did in many a turbo wagon or Brat - dash goes, and after a while the owner just sends them off the JY. Cost too much for a dash (or can't get one at all), and who want's a car with no guages? There's a few turbo's around (very few) with analog dash's, so those are still with us, but the digi's are getting hard to find from 83, 84.

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Posted 02 October 2003 - 07:11 AM

I don't think the 83 GL-10 had this interior, or maybe it was an option also....

this came out of a GL-10 Sedan...

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and they all live in Mountain Grizzly now.

I also have an extra set of panels from a sedan, and the front seats (same cloth) are in my Turbo Brat now.

the Turbo Brats never came with the digital dash thankfully....

and if you ever end up parting out that coupe Ken, I'll take the door panels :brow:

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Posted 02 October 2003 - 10:17 AM

This is a brochure from the board.

It confirms that the GL-10 package existed in an EA-81 and lists the options that it came with.

I think your wife is right.:slobber:

A little upholstry cleaner wouldn't hurt the griz any?---Well it might take away a little character.

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Posted 02 October 2003 - 12:28 PM

GL-10 means SuperFly!
So superfly we went 7 hours with a 4 month old, from PA to New York to get one we paid 380$ for on E-Bay and drove it home! 7.5 hours (coz we got lost in the bronx after dark!)

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Posted 02 October 2003 - 10:54 PM

I have two (2) 1983 GL-10 wagons in my back yard. In common they have...
4WD 4SPD D/R
A/C
P/S
P/W
P/M
C/C
Sunroof
Digi dash
Six speakers

Things that are different....
One car has a roof rack and a rear deflector
The other one has a factory block heater and finned rocker trim.

The door panels are the same as my '83 GL.
So I know they exist.
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Posted 04 October 2003 - 09:55 AM

I've had a couple GL-10 cars, and have seen several in junkyards. Though most of the GL-10 goodies were options on GLs or other cars, if a car has all of the following, it tells me that car is a GL-10 (at least for EA82 cars):

- Upgraded interior (height adjustable driver's seat, fold-down rear seat in sedans, rear headrests in wagons, cloth headliner)
- Digital Dash with Trip Computer
- Gravel Guards in front of the rear wheels.
- Blackout trim panel between tail lights on sedans.
- Power Windows, Power Mirrors, Power Locks.

I've never seen an EA82 GL-10 without ALL of those things. Most have other options as well, but they all start with those basics.

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Posted 04 October 2003 - 10:17 AM

not all gl- 10 s were turbo ,because one of mine parts sedan was spfi and only 2wd .but had everything else




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