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Even these old FWD GLs sure handle well!


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#1 markjs

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 06:50 PM

I have just been noticing that for what it is and how cheap it was, my '84 GL sure handles the road better than most cars do! Put some good tires on it and some power under the hood and it'd be quite the little roadster.

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 07:52 PM

i know what your saying they have some guts for economy cars

#3 subeman90

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 10:37 PM

Agreed. If my 83 didn't have snow tires on the front it would be really fun... and hum a little less too ;)

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 10:47 PM

Yeah it takes an aweful lot for me to squeal the tires in my 83 sedan. Even with just front wheel drive i do better than most cars in connecticut in the snow and ice. Never gotten it stuck once. Same goes for my first subaru (an 86 EA81 hatch FWD).

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Posted 18 December 2005 - 04:14 AM

Yeah it takes an aweful lot for me to squeal the tires in my 83 sedan. Even with just front wheel drive i do better than most cars in connecticut in the snow and ice. Never gotten it stuck once. Same goes for my first subaru (an 86 EA81 hatch FWD).


same, i've climbed a snowy mountain to go to our cabin several times this year in my fwd sube. snow tires though.

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Posted 18 December 2005 - 08:00 AM

I agree...I have never had a 4WD subie yet and never really had problems with any of my FWD ones..toss some snows on the front and I gotten through some stuff that 4WDs were having problems.And they do seem abit ballsier then the 4WDs ..I still love my FWD Loyale even though the thought has entered my mind of retiring him and trying to find a D/R 4WD one

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Posted 18 December 2005 - 10:49 AM

I didn't mean that as much as I meant, that while a Suby of that era isn't "fast" You can drive "quick" in one and I've seen speeds as high as 80MPH and "Mr. Suby" feels pretty dialed in and stuck to the road.

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Posted 18 December 2005 - 12:10 PM

ripping around town and hardly braking while doing it really makes the ricer crowd look at you kinda funny. :D

Mine loves to run 75 but it can and will easily go to 85+...even though it needs a carb adj really badly.

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Posted 18 December 2005 - 05:38 PM

I didn't mean that as much as I meant, that while a Suby of that era isn't "fast" You can drive "quick" in one and I've seen speeds as high as 80MPH and "Mr. Suby" feels pretty dialed in and stuck to the road.


I got mine up to 85mph (the top of the gauge) and didn't realize it. Then again mine is still a baby and has no problems cruising at 75 for hours on end.

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 02:42 PM

My Subaru and I have had lots of adventures through the Colorado winters. She hasn't let me down once.

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 04:01 PM

try going to school in a FWD with fat bald tires in 4" of snow.My saab made it through the snow better than most SUVs.Not to mention the tire that it had snow tires and drove 1/8" of a mile up a gravel dirt road with over 14" of snow(not in lewiston).Made it though fine except the snow was piled above the bumper....

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 11:41 PM

I think if a drop of rain fell in front of my Suby it would spin out and die. Hahah what the heck kind of suspension and tires are you guys using????

87 GL for reference.

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 12:19 AM

I have just been noticing that for what it is and how cheap it was, my '84 GL sure handles the road better than most cars do! Put some good tires on it and some power under the hood and it'd be quite the little roadster.


the 86 gl wagon i had yrs back used to love the twisty back roads.

and the dual range never let me down.

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 04:19 AM

I think if a drop of rain fell in front of my Suby it would spin out and die. Hahah what the heck kind of suspension and tires are you guys using????

87 GL for reference.


i went from stock size (175-70r13) to 185-70s, and noticed a great deal of improvement in handling and steering response.. saying that, i suppose i should qualify it, and say it exactly as i thought it.. I have never before noticed so much difference from such a minimmal tire size change. no idea what other sizes might be like, havent tried them. 87GL-10, front wheeler with an auto, for reference

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 09:21 AM

The old gen Subies surprise a lot of people. I autocrossed my 4WD Loyale last weekend, and got a LOT of odd looks. And it gripped a lot better than I was expecting.

-=Russ=-

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 10:58 AM

Anyone have a recommendation on a shock/spring combo to run on an 87 GL as well?




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