Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!
|Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.
We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!
Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!
I'm new, What Subaru should I buy for offroading? Basic conversion Q's
Posted 28 November 2005 - 10:22 PM
I work at a Subaru dealer in Canada and have been playing with GC Impreza's
the last few years, doing turbo conversions etc.
I'd like to get into some off roading a bit and need to be pointed in the right direction. I also have to leave the coupes to turn my attention to wagons
since my lifestyle with kids and camping is now in full swing.
I do not see myself ever trying to keep up with jeeps or hardcore offroaders
but I would like something lifted enough to have some fun in the summer
and take out in the snow.
I want a daily driver I can play with and drive the kids to baseball in
without worries about flipping it on the highway. I have always been a guy who likes a 'tasteful' ride, nothing too extreme.
I have two options I am thinking about
1. take my wife's higher mileage 01 Forester and lift it and do some mods
but it would have to be ok as a daily driver too. I was thinking EA82 D/R swap and 3 inch lift, and some tires suitable for some highway use.
2. buy a 1987 GL wagon 5speed D/R with 78,000 miles that I see that was imported from Colorado and mod it instead, do the carbs, LSD, and lift it
about 3-4 inches. The car is rust free and has all the options I think I need.
Option 2 means I have to cough up to buy a third car so it starts out being more expensive already,which isn't ahuge factor. In Canada alot of these older cars are all rusted out and hard to find roadworthy.YOu hardly see any driving around anymore. There are used parts around though.
The forester has more power and is fuel injected and it has been a great car.
There is more info on lifting and modding the 1987 out there . There seems to be limited info on converting Foresters to keep up on the trails.I know this may or may not change in the future but I don't know if I can wait that long.
One way of the other I am excited about a new project, I just can't afford to go one way and then change my mind part way.
Old school or new ? I need some advice please...thanks alot
Posted 28 November 2005 - 10:26 PM
If you want to keep your lifted rig as a daily driver I think the forester would be the clear choice. It would have the creature comforts, be quiet, etc, etc.
If you wanted to get really hairy offroading the old school approach is probably the way to go because it affords you transfer case options, etc. but will cost you a third car
Posted 28 November 2005 - 10:53 PM
I also would like to have a proper low range and LSD?
Posted 28 November 2005 - 11:08 PM
You could look into some King Springs for it, which will give you a 2" suspension lift i believe...
You should check out Forester_Ranger's forester... holy crap it's sweet!
With the foresters i think you're more limited with lifts, because you can't just swap out another subaru's struts.... but you might want to check out the baja struts? i have no idea about this one either, but it's been mentioned on this board before, and noone's tried out that option before.. swapping baja struts into a forester, that might be pretty hott.....
I'd go with modifying the forester... it'll most likely be the cheaper way to go (since you already have it..)
Posted 28 November 2005 - 11:56 PM
Posted 29 November 2005 - 01:07 AM
Posted 29 November 2005 - 01:57 AM
In Canada alot of these older cars are all rusted out and hard to find roadworthy.YOu hardly see any driving around anymore.
Dude, you just live in the wrong part of Canada. I can look down almost any street in town here and see several of the '85 to '94 cars. I can look out my office window and see enough street for 5 cars to park. At least two of them are usually Subarus - and neither is mine, either.
Anyways, my vote is for the older car. But only if you can find one for less $ than the one you mentioned. Drop in an EJ-22 and you won't look back.
Posted 29 November 2005 - 07:37 AM
most of the cars are badly rusted here in Ontario because of massive amounts of roads salt in winter. I have to pony up large $$ for one in good shape.
I don't want to drive a rust bucket or dump alot into body work.
Maybe I will look at bring a BC or Alberta car in with clean body and less rust.
I am thinking old school would give me the best starting point if I could find a car under $2000 to start. I am going to look at this 1987 since it is clean and low kms.
I would still prefer to do the Forester but don't want to feel limited by expense and lack of product support.
What years did the EA82 cars come with D/R and SPFI and what yeras did they come turbo with the better 4wd system.
Posted 29 November 2005 - 11:33 AM
I've been told I should look for something like an 86-89 Wagon with dual range transfercase and fuel injection. I'm also thinking of finding some peugeot wheels and mounting up some 27" Super Swampers. Also a lift kit.
Any advice or leads on where to buy a car in NW Washington would be welcome.
Posted 29 November 2005 - 11:48 AM
Posted 29 November 2005 - 12:15 PM
If you're really interested in serious offroading, most would argue that the EA81 is the best platform to start with, particularly the Hatch models. They don't have as much power as an EA82 and they're (almost) all carbed, but they're smaller, lighter, and have better approach angles, with a more reliable engine.
If you're going to fall in love with an EA82, you'll still have a potent platform. The '87-'89 SPFI GLs are probably your best bet, as they have more power than the carbed models, and have the lovely dual-range transmission.
Sounds like you've got a decent plan for building your Subaru, once you get it. Search around, there's tons of information on here about all aspects of Subarudom.
And welcome to the board!
Posted 29 November 2005 - 12:33 PM
Posted 29 November 2005 - 12:56 PM
I understand the basic idea of transferring power to the wheels with grip, but what about in situations when all the wheels are slipping (like in mud)? Are you just stuck at that point with wheels spinning, or does the engine kill power to all wheels?
Sorry for the rookie questions. Just trying to figure out what's ahead. Looking to get a newer Outback as a family hauler, but fairly serious MT. bike trail car.
Thanks in advance.
Posted 29 November 2005 - 02:31 PM
He's put pretty much everything he's done in that post, plenty of info on how to make a nice rig out of any EA82...
Posted 29 November 2005 - 04:45 PM
So what I want to build is a sort of daily driver vehicle (though I have a '89 MazDUH B2200 for that) that will be good for road trips too (my family owns a cabin in Idaho which is a 16 hour drive for me). I want reasonable off-road capability, and the pervy lifted Subi look.
What's the best year and model to start with? Which has the most power, strongest running gear etc. What are the known issues year to year. Oh, and yes this will be a budget build. I still want some $ to spend on my '79 Subi 4wd Wagon I bought the other day.
PS- Yeah, I sort of have a problem with collecting too many vehicles.
Posted 29 November 2005 - 05:47 PM
anyway, you have to analyze you're needs here:
The EA8x Dual Range 4WD is by far the best subie tranny fo offroad, unfortunately, the motors bolted up to these trannies are, well, a bit lacking in the hp department. I think an EA82 SPFI motor is rated at 91 hp at the crank...
The EJ series (legacy, impreza, etc.) has WAY more power, but no lo range, and AWD, instead of true 4WD, which is a big disadvantage off road.
the newer, EJ series car's are much more expensive, but will be way better for road trips, but not as capable off-road...
all that being said, I'd recommend an '88 GL wagon (ok, I'm a bit biased...but I've had an '85, and '92). With an SPFI (best lo end torque of any EA8x motor), and a 5-speed, D/R 4WD tranny. Then add a 4" lift kit (presonally biased towards allied armament...but there's also SJR and BYB that are both also great), 14 or 15" wheels (pugeot or AA, or 6-lug conversion), ~28" All terrains, LSD or welded rear, skidplate, bumpers, maybe a roof rack, etc......make it yours.....then, down the road, add an EJ motor to give it the power of the newer cars....This is the path I'm taking anyway...
Others will argue that the EA81 platform is better, frankly, I'm not sure, I've never had one. The brat's are cool, the hatch's are the perfect size, and the motors are a bit more reliable (timing chains, instead of belts). However, they're essentially all carb'ed, and only a 4-speed tranny...not for me...but if you go that route, the rest of the upgrades are pretty much the same, plus a weber carb for better power.
These are all rather common upgrades, you just have to look around, in the marketplace, and here, in the offroad forum, for info. Also, the search function can yeild many answers...
Good luck with your build
Posted 29 November 2005 - 06:06 PM
Look for a 80's hatch!!!
Posted 29 November 2005 - 06:20 PM
Posted 29 November 2005 - 06:35 PM
Something on a side note. I've noticed newer car heaters are SOOO much better then the old cars ones.
That may be true, but my EA82 generates more than enough heat for me, I only have fan settings 3 & 4, and I'm finding myself turning it on and off all the time because it's too hot (new said -15 w/windchill this morning)
Posted 29 November 2005 - 08:35 PM
Posted 29 November 2005 - 09:00 PM
I found a 93 Loyale wagon today for $800CAN. It is a bit high in kms w 246,000 kms on it.
I called the local junkyard and they have a d/r tranny from an 87 GL for $300 CAN. Just add a lift and tires and I'll be in business. I would prefer a 1988-1989 model but those are all in the scrapyard.
Hell even the 1993 has quite a bit of rust on the fenders and doglegs.
Forget brats and older EA81's in Ontario. They have all but suffered a rusty death years ago. I have't even seen a brat for 5 years anwhere in Ontario.
I may buy this 93 for now and look for a better one to start with.
Posted 29 November 2005 - 09:08 PM
anyways I plan on modifying it quite a bit once my jeep sells, but first I need to get it driveable. currently it has 2 bad cv joints and since it seems this is a common problem I was wondering if theres a write up describing the best/easiest/fastest way to swap it out as I've never worked on anything with an indepandent suspension before.
ok for the fun stuff... after reading around a little bit, I've decided 4 or 5" is a good amount of lift for this car. I have access to a shop and if I can fab something up, it would be prefered over buying a kit as I will be on a bit of a budget. can anyone help get me started in the right direction as to what components I will need to get/make, and also what I may need to do to other parts of the car that might be affected by the suspension lift, like driveline length/angles etc... and also what size tire can the axles/differantials handle.
 how'd my post end up here.. o well...
Posted 30 November 2005 - 01:49 AM
The main thing is when your really offroading you will most definitely dent bend and even brake something. Many will argue that if you take the correct line you will be fine, but I say shoot through the middle and suprise everyone and get stuck. The point of this paragraph is how far do you plan on going with your vehicle!? (I can't get enough of the brows) If you plan on going on trails and deep ruts go with the old school, cheap and easy to fix, takes a beating, and with the dual range can run large tires and can go just about anywhere.
If you go to this link, we have customers pictures up that show how some of the older wagons look and what you can do with them. http://alliedarmamen...m/Customer.html
Best of luck with your decision, either choice you make will be good.
Posted 30 November 2005 - 08:31 AM
I am leaning for an older GL an the search is on. I found one that is clean and low kms but it's too expensive and carb. I found another with high kms,EFI but no d/r tranny. Whatever way I go I may have some swapping to do.
AA can xxpect a call to ship some of your goodies to Canada soon once I land a car.
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users