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#1 benebob

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Posted 10 December 2003 - 08:40 PM

I have a lead on an XT6 auto 4wd for parts and have a friend with a RX who would like to make it a 5 lug. Will we be able to get everything needed of this XT6 or will he need struts from a 2wd XT6???

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Posted 10 December 2003 - 09:20 PM

You can either use the struts from a 2WD XT6 or a Legacy or Impreza. The Legacy and Impreza struts will be a little tight going on to the XT6 knuckle, but they will bolt up and work. Or you can just use the lower arms, tie rod ends, ball joints and front brake calipers from the XT6 and use the knuckles, axles and struts from an Impreza. I had Tex try that set up while he was doing his conversion and it worked just fine. The Impreza axles are like 4mm longer then the EA82 axles.

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Posted 10 December 2003 - 09:36 PM

benebob: are you getting the whole car for parts?

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Posted 10 December 2003 - 10:15 PM

Originally posted by Dr. RX
You can either use the struts from a 2WD XT6 or a Legacy or Impreza.


Just so I'm clear, it has to be from a FWD car regardless of which of the three models you choose for the donor struts, right? Also I'm assuming this is strictly due to the differences in the rear struts as the front struts are identical between FWD and AWD models (on the Impreza/Legacy at least).

I've been considering this conversion myself as I have a set of 15x7 Raceline RL-7s that would look great on my RX! :D

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Posted 10 December 2003 - 11:26 PM

is the automatic trans full-time, you need 25 spline axle, xt6 uses 25 splines.
if it is indeed 25 spline, it will fit on an RX

i am wondering if the ball joint hole or the length of the xt6 lower control arm is the same or different than an ea82

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 03:18 PM

I waz gonna get the whole car but I only need a few things off it. Was gonna part the rest out but if my biggest investor is out then I'm probably out too.:(

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 03:38 PM

I need to do this conversion myself , is this the same lug pattern as a wrx thinking about wrx wheels for the car .

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 05:10 PM

Any non-air Legacy front strut and any Impreza front strut ( I don't think I have ever seen an Impreza with air suspension), FWD or AWD.

89 backward Subaru, yes this is the same bolt pattern as the WRX, Impreza, Forrester, Legacy, or Outback, but not the SVX.

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 07:12 PM

Originally posted by Dr. RX
Any non-air Legacy front strut and any Impreza front strut ( I don't think I have ever seen an Impreza with air suspension), FWD or AWD.


So what about the rear? Can you use Impreza/Legacy struts there or do you use something else?

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 07:43 PM

the xt6 4wd rear is the same as the ea82, hub ans axle,splines
but it uses a 5 lug ej style rotor to fit on ea82

so how about 4wd air struts, as what mine had. are they bigger than legacy struts. 2wd legacy strut?

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 09:15 PM

No, the rears on Legacys and Imprezas are true struts, not shocks like on the rear of the EA82s and XT6. I've looked at the rear suspension of an Impreza, and with a lot (I mean A LOT) of work, it could be made to fit under an RX. But then you'd have to fabricate rear strut towers, and a rear tower brace. Not sure if it is worth all the trouble to do it, other then to just be able to say you did it.




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