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#1 Dodge Aries K

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 10:46 PM

I just wanted to share something I just picked up. I really like these older Subaru's and was able to get a decently clean one for next to nothing.

YEAR: 1986
MAKE: Subaru
MODEL: Leone GL
TYPE: 4 door wagon
COLOR: Janitor approved WHITE
INTERIOR: GL series cloth seats
ENGINE: 1.8L Subaru Boxer EA82 Carburated Engine
TRANSMISSION: 5 speed manual with dual range 4WD
MILEAGE: 218K

Engine modifications:
Weber 32/36 - Redline kit #731
High output alternator conversion
Accel coil and plug wires
EGR and catalyst delete

Other modifications:
Class II hitch and wiring
Rockford Fosgate 4 channel amp for door speakers
Pioneer CD/MP3 player
AutoGage oil pressure and water temperature gauges
Front badass push thing with four bright rallye lights
Prewired for subwoofer
Power hatch lock and power mirrors... and manual steering!

Pictures here since people have an issue with pictures in posts!
http://i37.photobuck...ubaru Leone GL/

Edited by Dodge Aries K, 16 April 2009 - 11:02 PM.


#2 Dodge Aries K

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 10:47 PM

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There's one picture here, don't *************** me out about it ;)

Edited by Dodge Aries K, 16 April 2009 - 11:19 PM.


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Posted 16 April 2009 - 10:51 PM

.....Yeah we have all seen plenty of GL's. No need to wipe your a$$ with people's bandwidth. There's quite a few of us that see dozens of these daily.

1. You would do well to put the EGR back on.

2. It has power door locks - apparently they just aren't working. When you lock the drivers door the rest should lock on their own.

3. It's not a spoiler - it's a rear window dust deflector.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 10:54 PM

Yeah. A good number of us have way more than one old subaru. But, I like it! Good luck in the future with it.

When can we see a lift and tires on it?

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:00 PM

I just copied the post from a thread I made on a different board... There, now it's all gone. Way to make new members feel welcome! :-\

It doesn't have power locks either... there's a switch on the dashboard to lock and unlock the gate... and that's what it does.

The EGR was removed by the previous owner. I don't have it, nor give a damn if it's on the car or not.

Edited by Dodge Aries K, 16 April 2009 - 11:04 PM.


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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:03 PM

My apologies if I seemed rude, I didn't mean it to sound that way.

And General Disorder is an rump roast. It says it right under his name :)

By the way, I do like the bull bar, you should repost those pics

Edited by Markus56, 16 April 2009 - 11:05 PM.


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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:08 PM

I just copied the post from a thread I made on a different board... if you don't like the pictures don't click on them. Way to make new members feel welcome! :-\


That's wonderful - but clicking on them isn't neccesary as they are not links, but rather imbeded images in the post script. So anyone that clicks on this post has to load the images. *edit* - thank you for fixing that!

You are perfectly welcome here - but you should know that you are showing us pictures of a rusty, midwest GL....... that's not really anything to be particularly exited about. It falls into the catagory of "Transportation"..... pretty basic and underwhelming to us Subaruphiles I'm afraid.

It doesn't have power locks either... there's a switch on the dashboard to lock and unlock the gate... and that's what it does.


I have over 11,000 posts on this board - you suppose I probably know a thing or two about standard equipment and how your locks work? Maybe......

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:11 PM

The EGR was removed by the previous owner. I don't have it, nor give a damn if it's on the car or not.


As I said before - you and your valves would be happier if it were working to reduce your combustion temps and *not* burn your exhaust valves out of your heads.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:14 PM

I haven't seen an old Subaru around this area in over a year except for a 92 Loyale in the junkyard... so around here this thing is very uncommon... hence why I posted a bunch of pictures of it since I haven't been up close to one of these in god knows how long.

The hatch lock and switch was added in by the previous owner. Like I said... that's all that it does... there are no power locks on this car. I wish there was, but there is not.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:23 PM

The hatch lock and switch was added in by the previous owner. Like I said... that's all that it does... there are no power locks on this car. I wish there was, but there is not.


You are correct that the switch only operates the rear hatch lock. That is normal.

BUT, there are actuators in each door, and a switch in the drivers door that causes all the other doors to lock when the driver's door is locked (there are no external indications of this system). Generally GL's and up are so equipped. Although you don't have power steering which is extreemly rare in a GL..... All GL wagons would have come with power locks and I have my doubts about some previous owner installing the rear door locking circuit.... what? For giggles? I think they loaded you with BS about the rear lock to cover the door locks not working.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:35 PM

Figured the easiest way to check was to see how many wires ran to the rear doors... only two for the speaker that was added in by the previous owner for the radio. I don't think Subaru used rubber tubing with electrical tape on the ends to make a gromet for the speaker wiring. I'll be replacing the front door speakers in the near future and I'll take a picture inside the door to make sure there's no power door lock motor in there.

For all I know it might have been a radio delete car as well originally. The previous owner did a lot of real nice things for the car like custom create that brush guard, wired up all the speakers to an external amp that hides inside one of the rear cubbies, and made a special plate for the extra gauges and fog lights among other things. I don't doubt that he wired in the rear hatch power lock switch as it's very nice to have compared to screwing with the key to make it lock and unlock especially if the car is still running.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:44 PM

HHhmmm - on closer inspection you have a real frankencar there my friend.

That may have even been a DL originally. None of your dual-range 4WD consoles match the interior color and it's got crank windows, no AC, no PS..... smells like a DL except for the headlights and gauge cluster.

I think you may have a rebadge on your hands.

That's got to be one of the lowest-end GL's I've seen if it isn't. As close to an EA81 GL as I've seen in the EA82 trim.

The mis-match interior really points to a single-range -> dual-range conversion and no GL's came with single range unless they were automatic's or turbo.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:47 PM

Check the panel on the driver door. I think its a GL, cause my '85 has no power steering, power locks, windows, or anything fancy like that

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:49 PM

Not a DL... the title stated it was a GL. It is a wierd car... probably is the lowest level equipped 4WD GL. I guess power mirrors were a standard feature though...

From what I can tell on the interior stuff... alot of the blue stuff that would have seen a lot of sunlight turned a grayish blue. It also didn't help it was darker outside when I took those pictures. If you look at it in the light it still is faintly a bluish color.

Edit: Just to be sure I took a flashlight out there and shined it on the plastic. It is indeed blue like the rest of the inside.

Edited by Dodge Aries K, 16 April 2009 - 11:53 PM.


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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:50 PM

I think its a GL


Yeah - maybe a low-end GL with an automatic -> 5 speed swap..... but that doesn't account for the 5 speed knob being blue and the rest being grey. Stock they would have all matched. I can't see it being a push-button single range in a GL..... maybe a 2WD GL converted to 4WD?

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:52 PM

If you look at it in the light it still is faintly a bluish color.


I would need a better picture I guess. Under your flash it really looks grey to me.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:52 PM

I ended up with the most basic GL as well. I know a guy with a DL that has power steering! :eek:

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:55 PM

If I had a copy of the title I'd show you guys it's a GL. When it's light out I can take more pictures of it if you want.

I had the Subaru dealer run the vin so they could order me a key and according to them it was also a GL.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 12:00 AM

No - you are probably right. It would be too much of a nightmare to swap in the GL cluster to a DL anyway and make everything work as it should.

I've seen sun fading before so I understand what you are talking about.

Just a low-end GL then. Dual-Range, a tach, and compound headlights are about all it has over a DL.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 07:29 AM

I have a questions about GLs before 86.. I have a 85 wagon with DR (I think you'd call it touring wagon) and it has a choke.. was it not available in US versions?

Kai

btw.. I don't know any DL or GL from any year with EA82 engine and without power steering.. sounds like a list options what you'd like to have in the car :rolleyes:

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 08:07 AM

First of all welcome. Looks like a good wagon with some decent mods. With respect to the power hatch, check and see if there was an alarm system installed and with it a solenoid to actuate the rear hatch. I have done this on one of our 94 Nissan Altima's and the set up operates with the alarm remote (extended push of one button on the fob) or an inside switch. Of course, if this was done to your GL, then the owner should also have keyless entried the door locks. Would have been very easy, especially if the actuators are already installed.

I installed an Excaliber alarm on our 1987 Brat in the mid 90's, including actuators in the doors and three relays to allow driver's priority unlocking (first push, the left unlocks, second push the right unlocks). System still works like a charm. It is quite easy to upgrade even manual door locks to power with keyless entry.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 10:21 AM

I have a dl with power steering and air conditioning

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 12:00 PM

Nope, no alarm and no power door locks in this car. The previous owner ran the wiring from the hatch to the dashboard switch for the gate power door lock when he put the lock motor in the hatch. Junkyard upgrade :banana:

Speaking of junkyard upgrades, there is a 92 Loyale at the local pick n pull... I think it's going to get stripped of pretty much any and every option it has that this car doesn't.

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 02:56 PM

Okay, I changed the two u-joints in the rear driveshaft and reinstalled it only to be rewarded with some unpleasant low speed vibration. Noticed the front propeller shaft also has a u-joint to replace in it. Now that I have the service manuals I see no information on how to actually replace the u-joints or driveshaft orientation! I guess Subaru just wanted the mechanics to replace the driveshaft if there was a problem.

At any rate, if anyone can take a picture of their GL's driveshaft so I can make sure it gets put in right I'd appreciate it. There's a little subaru sticker on it so that would be a good part to take a picture of.

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 10:55 PM

I have a dl with power steering and air conditioning


And you have F.I. too right? Those are all options Im glad my DL doesnt have, I like my cars as basic as they come w/o all that power crap. Although D/R would be nice......




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