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Last-minute XT6 advice before I head to PaP?
Posted 03 June 2006 - 11:17 AM
For the front... I've been told that EA82 struts will work, 92-94 Legacy struts will work, and 95 FWD Impreza struts will work. is this correct? If so, WHICH SPRINGS do I use with which struts? (noone has EVER answered the spring part, and it's kind of scaring me...)
For the rear... at least the consensus is FWD XT6 springs/struts (if I can find them) or EA82 rear struts... but again, noone has said what springs go with the EA82 struts. Are they the stock EA82 springs?
Posted 03 June 2006 - 01:00 PM
xt6 lower control arm with ball joint and 'leading rod'
xt6 hub rotor and caliper. if xt6 doesn't have air suspension (highly unlikely, but it has happened) the entire lower control arm, hub, housing halfshaft, strut and brakes can be removed as one assembly..
the front can also use legacy/impreza hub, housing, strut, brake and axle but MUST use XT6 lower control arm, the strut must be dissassembled and the ea82 spring can be used with its top hat on the impreza/legacy damper, or the impreza legacy spring can be cut (with sawzall so u won't heat up the spring and destroy it's tempering) to desired ride hieght and the ea82 tophat used..If you want to use the impreza/legacy tophat the three strut mounting holes in the ea82 chassis must be adjusted outwards to support the larger diameter of the impreza/legacy strut top stud bolt pattern.
if the impreza/legacy brakes are used an alternate means of parking brake must be found.
If you need to use impreza/legacy dampers on the xt6 housing you may need to adjust the mounting flange of the damper to fit the housing..
Requires the xt6 hub, backing plate, caliper and rotor, the strut assembly is of the same design as ea82 rears and as such is NOT required for conversion..
there is some confusion over some xt6 having a 14mm bolt or a 17mm bolt securing the lower control arm to the subframe so be warned if u get the 17mm assemply you will need to drill out the hole in your ea82 so the 17mm bolt can pass (I'm using 17mm to represent the bolt head not the shaft as is metric standard notation)
if the xt6 lower control arm/leading rod assembly can't be used the ea82 control arm can bea reamed out at a machine shop to fit the xt6/impreza/legacy ball joint..
Posted 03 June 2006 - 03:07 PM
Just came back from PaP with AWD Legacy front struts. There were lots of EA82 rears there, but I couldn't figure out how to get the drums off to get at the lower mounting bolts... but that's OK, I have a backup plan.
Posted 03 June 2006 - 05:52 PM
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Posted 03 June 2006 - 07:10 PM
Posted 03 June 2006 - 07:25 PM
Did they have any older two square headlight GL's? I broke my turn signal lense last night.
You mean EA81's? There were about 4 or 5 EA81's of various flavors, including a round-headlight Standard hatchback. I wasn't looking at those too much, since they don't have the parts I need.
Posted 03 June 2006 - 08:36 PM
Posted 03 June 2006 - 10:01 PM
Cool, I gotta go down there tomorrow, but my wagon ain't street legal at the moment, and I don't like Lynnwood cops. I don't like any cops anyway.
I'll be making another trip down there sometime tomorrow, I gotta get the last shock for the rear of the wedge. was only able to get one out before the yard closed (the other 2 we tried, one had a bad bushing and the other one of the upper mounting bolts was just plain stuck, couldn't get it out.)
Posted 04 June 2006 - 10:52 AM
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