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What Have You Done to your Soobie lately? (Please post in here and keep it going)

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#5526 1-3-2-4


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Posted 14 December 2013 - 02:34 PM

Yeah ugh I drive a ups driver and those trucks get stuck so easy.. and the crazy thing is as long as the highways are open you are expected to be at work... a lot of the people I delivered to today all were saying how they did not expect us to be out today..


I do miss my baby lol I see it everyday when I park in my spot, when it's done it's going to be worth the wait :) I just get so tired when I get home I have almost no energy left to do anything... I still have the intake manifold sitting on the floor waiting for me to take apart so I can clean it.

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 08:52 PM

I figured out how to roll the cargo cover on my E82 Wagon so that it works again. I now know all 3 other ways to roll it so that it doesn't work. Pretty clever, those Fuji boys!

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 09:34 PM

How the hell do you take the cover apart without breaking it?  :lol:

#5529 Mugs


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Posted 15 December 2013 - 02:13 PM

Changed the tires on my Foz today.



THE HELL with all that, Rob, next time get a-hold of me and bring them to the shop. I'll do them for for you, or let you do them using my equipment. Dang man, that be cray cray. 

#5530 rrgrr


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 04:00 PM

After days (weeks?) of trying to sort this hitachi in the freezing while every brittle fitting snapped off, two rebuild kits, and trying to remap all the vac lines/ports, testing resulting in a series of stalls, limping home thru the neighborhood and a tapestry of obscenities, -I broke down and ordered the Weber, it should be here tomorrow. kind of disappointed cause I'd like to get the few more mpgs I know I can with the hitachi, (as dreamy as a new weber sounds).

Today I discovered the problem was the little tube connecting the secondary throttle diaphragm had a crack where I didn't see it.  I'm calling it a Win :banana:

Still not crazy about all the emissions stuff, but i understand a lot more of it now.

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 08:49 PM

Rebuilt old driver's side axle from my GL to put on the Loyale. Followed Numbchux guide in the repair section. ( http://www.ultimates...3-axle-rebuild/ )
Got everything nice and clean;

Put some good Lithium grease in there.

Followed JesZek's write-up on pro-longing axle life. ( http://www.ultimates...cv-joints-life/ )

Used zip-ties.

These are good, high quality zip-ties. They're rated for up to 250 lbs. Industrial stuff. I felt like I couldn't quite get it zipped tightly enough in my opinion. While I was installing the axle I caught the edge of the outer cup on something and the bigger end of the boot just popped right off. I cut off that zip tie (one in the photo above actually) and put a new one. Pulled that sucker as tight as I could with a pair of pliers. Definitely tighter; hope it stays. Think I'll go for the metal straps next-time though.

No more clicking yay! Salt wreaked havoc on the old one. (torn boots). Was clicking while driving in a straight line. Accelerating from a stop while the wheel was turned sounded like the axle was about to explode. Much much better now.

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 10:06 PM

Maybe those Zip ties are too Thick for the application? 


I didn't used Industrial Grade ones, but the Best Quality I could grab.


Please let us Know how those perform there...


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Posted 26 December 2013 - 10:50 PM

YES! I finally had the time to bolt up some blocks Ive been slowly but surly making.


Ive spent many late nights cutting, drilling,hammering and test fitting and at last it shall pay off.


So far Ive spent about $55 on steel, bits, hacksaw blades and cut off wheels.Though I sacrificed one makeshift drill press in the process.


All the hardware is from two 1st Gen Legacys and an EA81 hatch. So its all Metric all the way! 


I still need to bolt up the exhaust and hook up the 4wd linkage. Of course I will need new rubber, but I need to work over the little details first.


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Posted 27 December 2013 - 12:37 AM

87 Brat - Work in progress

  1. Replaced both stub shaft seals, and retainer o-rings.  Had gear oil leaking from both seals.  The right side had pushed out and was sitting almost flush with the seal retainer.  Amazed as to how did not lose more oil.  However, did one at a time.  Both seal retainers had to be turned almost the same number of turns, five.
  2. Replacing drive shafts again after only a year, and @4K miles.  Both had started knocking, the passenger side more so.  Obtained free GSP replacements from ADAP.  Hopefully, these will be better.  Will replace after steering rack has been installed tomorrow.
  3. Steering - In the process of replacing inner (Moog) and outer (B&A, Japanese ones with grease fittings) tie rods, steering boots with spring clips, both steering rack bushings, and the rubber steering coupler.  Had to take the rack out to install the OEM steering boots, after having struggled with them for hours under the car.  Will replace the assembled rack tomorrow, along with the OEM steering coupler.
  4. I have the rear disc brake kit, but want to buy new hoses, as the ones that came with the kit appear severely hardened.  The kit I have supposedly came off a 87 RX coupe.  I may just take the old ones to a local store and see if they can match it up with ones in stock.

More tomorrow.

Edited by aba4430, 27 December 2013 - 09:39 AM.

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 04:53 PM

Haven't done much with the Brat until today, it was pretty cold here with lots of snow, so skiing took priority.  A few weeks ago, I was driving the Brat and it suddenly lost power going up a steep snow covered hill.  Managed to get it home and parked it till it warmed up.  It started right up after sitting a week and I took it over to my brother in laws rental to clear his driveway with my snowblower.  He wanted to take a drive around the block, so as we started driving, it did the same thing, after about 15 minutes, it died.  It would barely idle, and would not rev.  Ended up having him tow me home in his Tahoe.

So today, it started right up, idled fine in the garage.  Decided to drain the tank, gas looked fine, no clumps or anything.  Put fresh gas in it, and viola!  The fuel pump started making racket then the car died and did the same thing the two other times.

I ran out of time to hook up the fuel pressure gauge, but my money is a bad fuel pump.  Also, I guess the PO decided that the fuel filter wasn't necessary.  So after I verify fuel pressure, I will get a fuel filter back there and a new fuel pump.  Anyone have any input on aftermarket brands? I know it just has to be a low pressure unit.

I have missed driving the Brat, my h6 is much nicer, but its a tank and not much fun to drive.

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:15 PM

Put a new steering wheel on the wagon. After getting the wrong Autotecnica boss kit from supercheap, checked trademe and got a HKB one for $5.50, up to $16.50 with shipping which was a good score fit perfect and feels a lot better then the old one. Pics attached http://puu.sh/60Whe.jpg http://puu.sh/60WeN.jpg

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 02:50 PM

New radiator in the GL. 100 bucks I didn't have to begin with. Grrrrr.

#5538 1-3-2-4


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Posted 30 December 2013 - 07:20 PM

Slowly mounting stuff back on


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Posted 31 December 2013 - 02:28 AM

Drove it out to shoot pool....slid around the snow, picked up a nail, changed the tire. Got home, threw a block of wood in the back cuz my scissor jack is now too short for my setup.

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 09:21 PM

Decided to finally attempt to fix the Brat today.  Replaced the under hood fuel filter and shot the fuel lines with carb cleaner and compressed air. Viola! It made it back home after driving it around the block without dying on me.  Maybe just crap in the fuel system.  Might get brave tomorrow and take it for an extended drive to see if that finally fixed the problem.  

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 06:30 PM

I was having issues with bucking when my brat reached operating temperature.

I cleaned out the carb, but the real issue turned out to be a vacuum leak in the big line from the EGR  (which I recently learned tends to leak after some years). I decided to just plug the whole thermal vacuum valve to EGR at the intake. She runs great again. Here are pictures of what I did (on the passenger side of the engine).




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Posted 06 January 2014 - 03:31 PM

    Trying to get a feel on how low I want it to be... Removed springs from from struts and have the rear shocks bottomed out... In the process of modding the front struts so it will be this low with springs on them...





Got an old diverter valve from a 1.8T VW and installed... even got to run it down the road.... turbo spools good....untill it runs the bowl out of fuel.... :lol: Hopefully be fixing that problem soon.... (PS diverter not installed in picture below)




Will try and post pictures of the struts when i get them done.

#5543 Adam N.D.J.

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 11:32 PM

I started last week resurrecting my 84 Turbo Hardtop for use
as a more family friendly alternative to the BRZ.  First thing is swapping out the auto for a manual. Once I have power to the ground again and can actually drive her then I’ll work on getting some form of gauge cluster either converted or built to replace
the pile of digitals I have in the back seat.  It will be nice to drive her once again, I pretty much just parked it in a corner when the dash died in 09.  I was really cool jumping the battery and having the engine start right up on the second crank.  Hope to get some real wheel time this weekend.  Things are looking good, new parts are rolling in, just got the clutch in and received the new “rear motor mounts”, as O’reilly’s calls them.




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Posted 10 January 2014 - 08:32 AM

Had to do some emergency grinding on my front fender where a rough spot gouged my tire. gonna need some proper trimming/rolling I'm afraid, and a bit of the inner mud flap where it's cleaning my tires, has to go too. It's very slushy, sloppy and SALTY here now. :eek:

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 10:37 AM

I had to put another front passenger side cv in, and in the process I put new ball joints in both sides. I also put another rear hatch on the car, I broke the window out of the last one by putting a huge dent right beside it.

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 03:02 AM

What Have I Done to my Soobie lately?


I just realized that I've done...






...Nothing to my Subaru "BumbleBeast" since more than a year ago,


Except Driving it and its regular oil changes; it has been Running Flawlessly.


I Realized it after reading This ~► Post on my Subie's Thread.


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 05:52 AM

I sort of feel like Jeszek does ,when I look at a certain unfinished project ...got a little closer today, tracked down a genuine sump gasket, sump off, removed old crusty gasket, degreased the sludge in the bottom, washed and washed the sump innards out until sqeaky clean.


Oh, Jeszek, if you saw the sludge of 23 years and 188,000km, you'll wanna do more than an oil change on the BB :P !


Just gotta find and flat black if not already, a pair of engine mounts and my EA82M will be ready for transplanting into my 84 Brumby


EA82M ? you ask ?


EA82 carb block, EA82T reco heads, EA82T cams, mizpah reco HVLA's, mpfi inlet manifold and throttle body with injectors blocked off, brand new clutch found in old wreck, and set up to take dedicated LPG - propane to you guys in the US & Canada


M is for Mongrel

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#5548 The Dude Abides

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 03:03 PM

So little known to most of you still on here my wheel bearings have been bad for about 5 years now and i finally have my garage to do them in.  If course rust stops me dead in my tracks once again.  Hopefully PB blaster will clear it up.


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 03:47 PM

Five Years? ... you mean you drove your subie with worn Ball Bearings for Five Years?


Once I had a Ball Bearing issue on the same side (rear / Passenger) of my EA82 Wagon, after a month of making noises, I was planning to change 'em the next weekend, suddenly one of said bearings decided to fail and the rear wheel immediately stopped spinning without mercy; I was drivin' ~ @ 30 Mph during late night in a Boulevard and the car stopped in almost straight line.


The car won't moved forward, but I managed to drive in reverse few meters 'till I heard a grind sound; then I was able to drive slowly forward to my home (Few blocks away from the fail place) where I did inspected everything the next morning.


Long story short: I had to replace the whole trailing arm, because the bearing damaged the spindle beyond safe repair...  


Since then, I change any noisy ball bearing as soon as possible... so I am amazed how yours lasted working worn for five years... you're Lucky!


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:29 PM

I figured out how to roll the cargo cover on my E82 Wagon so that it works again. I now know all 3 other ways to roll it so that it doesn't work. Pretty clever, those Fuji boys!

Write up on this please!!!!!

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