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  2. We got hit by the "Finger of God" here in the southeast. On average we get one good 6 inch snowstorm per year. Last significant snow we got before Christmas was back in 2009 and like this storm, it was one big slushy wet mess. This one measures 1 foot at my house. Power knocked out in places. Cedar trees split down the middle out in the field. Half of a Magnolia tree in my yard is broken off. I've got my work cut out for me once this stuff melts. This morning after I got home, I could hear tree branches breaking off in the distance. By this morning we had about 6 inches. By the time I woke out after 3:00 pm, we had one foot. About an hour before heading off to work, I wanted to make sure I could pull away from my garage. I couldn't see the driveway and backed off the pavement and into the grass. I made it up my driveway that morning without issues but the roads were a bit dodgy. I tried digging myself out to no avail and gave up after 45 minutes. I think I wore about 2000 miles off the tires spinning out! I think one issue was the snow was packed underneath the car. I called my co-worker who is also my neighbor and he was kind enough to give me a ride to work. This is the ONLY time I have ever gotten stuck in my Subaru. Back in the winter of 2009 when he got that snowstorm, I was out behind my garage doing doughnuts and never got stuck. But the difference is that snow was dry and frozen. Incidentally those tires are the same tires I replaced in 2007. So they are now 11 years old but still have plenty of tread left on them. The rubber does not feel hard. I felt like my Subaru had let me down then then seen two Bajas abandoned within 1 mile of my house, so after seeing that I didn't feel so bad. So here is the question. Can you run snow tires year round? I only drive my Subaru from November to April. The rest of the time it sits in the garage and I'm out driving one of my classic cars. Also what's a good snow tire since there are tons of brands on the market. What about these Yokohamas? https://www.summitracing.com/parts/YOK-02076?seid=srese1&cm_mmc=pla-google-_-shopping-_-srese1-_-Yokohama-Tires&gclid=EAIaIQobChMImeri-NKU3wIV1sDICh39gAHnEAkYAiABEgL2WvD_BwE They are a "brand" tire name. Despite being $49 a set. Are they any good? Also since I probably need to replace my tires more often, I could care less if I get 10,000 miles out of set. It would take me about 10 years to wear a set of tires out, at that rate.
  3. Well, Subaru made them for about 8 years according to Wikipedia which was twice as long as the Baja. Maybe the Baja just stands out more because the Tribeca looks just your average crossover vehicle.
  4. I'm adding a 4in lift kit to my 86 Gl and the body mount bushings from the rear suspension really do need replacing. I did replace with polyethylene the main suspension bushing, but cannot get the body mount bushings. My worst ones are the Mustashe bar round ones. then the next ones forward. Are there more recient model year Subarus where the bushings are interchangeable? any help would be great.
  5. So I just bought a 2004 WRX. And he told me his right lowbeam went out. Thought no problem probably a lightbulb. Went to the store, got a HID lightbulb, just the same as the one on the drivers side, I took the old lightbulb out and it was clearly wiped out. I put the new lightbulb in, put it all back together. And still won't turn on. I'll post picture tomorrow of what it looks like, but I think the headlights are aftermarket, not sure tho. and their is a weird thing that hooks up to the light, that doesn't have a ground wire? But I checked the otherside, which works fine. And it has no ground wire to it too? If anyone knows what im talking about please let me know how to fix it, and I'll post pictures as soon as possible!
  6. Been showing the old girl some love the last couple of weeks. New engine oil, oil filter, front and rear fuel filters, washed the air cleaner. New top and bottom radiator hoses. Both the inlet and return heater hoses. All three of the bypass hoses. Went back to an exhaust manifold without a catalytic converter and relocated the cat converter down into the straight pipe, this has been a far better result than I expected in both performance and sound. Remote Central Locking. Which is wired into the electric window circuit and will wind up the windows from the remote. Kenwood 7" Double Din Head Unit. Carpeted the stereo/rear speaker box. Mounted LED Combination Stop/Tail/Ind and Reverse lights on to the rear ladder bar, has been wired in with a plug on each side so that the bar can still be removed. Fitted LED Daylight Running Lights to the bullbar, both the front DRL's and the LED's that I have mounted on the rear ladder bar have been wired into the ignition so that they come on as soon as the vehicle is started, with a rocker switch that I can also turn them off for those secret squirrel moments. Finally gave in and decided to butcher my nice unmolested center console. Where the original stereo use to be I have made an aluminium plate to cover it up that houses 4 rocker switches which control the Spotlights, DRL's, Fog Lights and Reverse/Work Lights, with a USB/3.5mm Aux inputs for the stereo. Have also been considering drilling a hole into the cavity/pocket in front of the gear shifter to mount the USB/3.5 Aux Input into but I really don't want to cut my console up anymore than I have to. Tilt adjustable steering column. And the big one, POWER STEERING!!! Has totally changed little Ruby Doo to drive. Replaced all 3 belts, power steering, A/C and Alternator. Replaced the pigtail on one of the Hella Rallye 4000 spotlights, its good to have all the spotlights working again :-) Ordered a complete nolathane front suspension bush kit. And seeing as the tailgate mechanism likes to go a little weird on these things, mine wasn't working at all, to get the tailgate open I had to remove the inside panel so I could open it from there. I replaced it with another one that I eventually found that is in really good condition, to avoid having to use it, I fitted an electric boot release actuator into the tailgate so that now I can open it from the central locking remote or the button inside. Things to come in the near future (hopefully within the next couple of weeks, if this rain doesn't PO soon that may turn into within the next couple of months) is a 5 speed conversion. Pretty sure I've got all the parts required to do this with now but am yet to pull Ruby's engine out and see if she has the larger diameter flywheel. Pretty sure that has been the majority of the work so far.
  7. The new battery has resolved the trouble for now. I'm not by any means convinced that this was the problem, but it may take some driving to recreate it. I ran errands today and also let the car sit for about 45 minutes with the radio going. I had forgotten that several months ago I had an appointment and a passenger in the car waited outside. It took a good 30-45 minutes and when I got back out to the car, it was dead simply from having the radio on (and whatever else might be operable with the key in that position). So the old battery was for sure on its way out. The colder temps this time of year likely put it over the edge. I've had batteries fail on me in different ways over the years, but most have been fine one day and dead the next without any warning signs. I had a '64 Ford Galaxie that developed an intermittent loud hum in the radio before the battery failed, but the engine issue along with the dead instrument panel and radio on the Baja was far more dramatic. I'd like to think a new battery has fixed the problem, but there's a reason why you won't find me in Reno or Vegas very often . . . I'll be getting myself a new muti-meter this week to check the alternator. If there's anything more to report, I'll post it here. Thanks for the on-line shop manual resources. I did find a downloadable one that covered 2003, so will use that site for future reference.
  8. Subuhrue

    Leone Parts

    CVJ Axles in Colorado will rebuild your OEM axles. They sent me OEM reman'd 1984 GL front axles earlier this year, great service! All through email.
  9. GeneralDisorder

    Leone Parts

    +1. But you aren't going to find any OEM CV's that are still worth having. I haven't seen one in more than a decade. EA81 factory CV worth using? You would have more luck unicorn hunting. Seriously that's an impossible request. And he's absolutely right - all the aftermarket offerings were Chinese and weren't worth owning when they were new in the box. It's OVER for the EA chassis. There's way too much stacked against driving them. I OWN A SUBARU SHOP and have been driving these since I was 18 (I'm 39). Parts were hard 21 years ago. Now it's impossible. GD
  10. GeneralDisorder

    Leone Parts

    All newer models are considerably wider. The EA82 shafts are also not available. So you are talking about going to an EJ shaft. That's like 4" wider stance, and uses completely different joints on both ends requiring different knuckles, wheel lug pattern. The list goes on. It's really not feasible. You may as well just go to the entire EJ chassis. All that work isn't worth doing and the results of engineering your own suspension geometry will be a mess. Just. Don't. GD
  11. 1993 Legacy Wagon AWD Automatic 4EAT transmission Code P22 and the car will not shift properly. Owner says that it started having the shifting issues after he put on a spare tire and put the 15A FWD fuse in. Anyone know what this could be?
  12. It's worth mentioning too that an excellent long-term investment (in addition to the basics, like a DVM and battery charger) is a load tester. Not just useful at home for diagnosing these sorts of problems, but the only way to find a good battery at a self-serve junkyard. I haven't spent full pop for a battery in many years, and we need good ones, since -40 is not unusual around here in the winter.
  13. DaveT

    Leone Parts

    Find a used OEM axle - which won't be easy. clean and re grease & re boot. 90% or more of the aftermarket ones were junk anyway, even when they were available.
  14. DaveT

    Fogging Windshield

    IS the engine thermostat 190 degrees F? That is stock temp. and the heat air temp is pretty good. I have a 180 in one of mine, the heat is noticeably not as powerful. Also, verify if the door that selects fresh VS recirculated air is working. Normally, for any heat or defrost mode it should be bringing in fresh air. Another thing I have modified, I can switch it independently - if you run with the door on recirculate, the windows can fog. I only use the recirculate for the first few minutes from a cold start outside in winter. A/C Max is the setting that puts it in recirculate normally. Another thought - if the engine is running at stock temp [190] and everything else above seems normal, have mice ever been in the heater system? They could have removed the sealing foam from the blend door and you won't get full power heat due to leaking.
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  16. Nice, they rebuilt the struts? What kind of customers are they typically doing that for? Seems like a small niche market.
  17. clunker

    Leone Parts

    Found shafts on RockAuto but CV joints appear to be like unicorns. I'm a pretty resourceful guy (including manufacturing parts from scratch when needed), but it appears that wrecking yards are the only source for some types of parts, and there's no way I'm going to install a salvage CV joint. Can't manufacture one either. If I have to retrofit more modern equipment, then so-be-it.
  18. Rescued a 1995 subaru legacy wagon awd automatic last week. Started and ran at first, but wouldn't shift out of park. Thought I could just take off the auto shifter face plate and use the old screwdriver in the bypass hole , but no such luck. Shifter moves when I press down on saftey switch, but doesn't really seem to shift gears. Car won't start now after the tow and I think it was the final straw for the shift cable or the shift inhibitor switch. Any thoughts on how to get it out of gear?
  19. lrgvanman

    Leone Parts

    O'REILLY'S claims to have calipers, rotors and drums for my 84. I haven't checked yet for CV joints or shafts though.
  20. GeneralDisorder

    Leone Parts

    There aren't any. That's what I've been trying to convey. You can't buy them. No one makes them. Period. How large of a market do you suppose there is for early 80's Subaru parts? Yeah think about that for a minute. No manufacturers are going to support a product they sell a few tens of a year. Not going to happen. You can't even find brake calipers. Go ahead - try! GD
  21. GeneralDisorder

    EA81 Heads

    The 3AT auto has some serious flaws. Oil pump driveshaft splines.... none of which can be fixed. Again no parts. And even the EA82 dual range transmissions can hardly be found anymore. It's just not worth messing with any of the EA platform cars anymore. They are nothing more than occasional drivers curiosities now. Aircraft aren't really using them anymore either. Most are going with the EJ engines. The timing belts are extremely reliable if maintained properly. It's not worth bothering with the EA81. last one I built.... customer went through at least 6 used engines to find a viable starting point. It took 2 years to collect the parts to make it happen. It's going in a low mileage family keepsake. Not going to be driven daily. And the cost was far in excess of the value of the car. I think it was just shy of $4k for an engine ready to drop. I do this every day. For a living even. If anyone can do it I can. And I still don't. Last summer I brought my lifted EA81 hatch back up to driving/wheeling status for probably the last time. Once the engine or the dual range is done that will be the end of the EA drivetrain in it. Not just the engine either - critical parts like throttle and clutch cables are in extremely short supply and will never be made again. Subaru doesn't care anymore. They used to. Now critical parts for 05 to 09 Legacy platforms are already being phased and going NLA... forever. GD
  22. As I just learned in a previous thread, parts for the older Subarus are becoming difficult to find. I am trying to find CV joints for a 1984 GL, but I can't seem to find a vendor who carries them. Any suggestions?
  23. clunker

    EA81 Heads

    I've been researching non-stop since I posted the thread, and I am starting to see what you mean by "a dead platform." A company known as Flygas out of Italy manufactures some very nice dual port heads for aircraft, but they cost more than the whole car. Considering the huge following of the EA81 in aircraft, I would be surprised if a third party manufacturer doesn't still provide most of the essential components (including oil pumps, valves, etc.). The question is whether it is worth the expense. Not interested in an engine swap until I start having problems with the existing EA81, but maybe I'll buy a cheap pair of stock heads and practice some port work. Either way, it looks like I will need to find a parts car just to keep this thing going. The car I'm looking to buy has an automatic, and I remember how anemic my old '81 wagon was. The '79 wagon with a EA71 was vastly superior to drive just because it had a 4-speed. That car used to get 40MPG too. Wish I still had it.
  24. Update on the front shocks - after many weeks of trying to source something to fit the original spring seat height, or using the KYB 333234/5 shocks I'd bought and changing springs, a suspension shop pointed me in the direction of a place that reconditions shock absorbers. So I sent the Vortex to WW Shock Absorbers in north Brisbane, where they renewed the front shocks, and the front rack as well (power steering fluid had been leaking into it). The KYB 341214 pair on the back is now fitted too. Next job.. restoring the front seats.
  25. Auto electrics 101: The battery s a storage device used to start the car and make up any output defacits by the altenator (like at a traffic light) The Alt recharges the storage battery and runs the car. The Alt is not putting out enough power to meet the demand of the load, so the car runs out of battery power and starts running badly. The battery can rebuild itself if it sits long enough and hasnt been damaged by the discharge. These batteries arent designed for deep discharge. Just replacing the battery will not fix the issue, it may delay it but wont fix it. This isnt rocket science.
  26. GeneralDisorder

    EA81 Heads

    No, and you can't enough parts for the EA81 anymore to make it viable. Don't bother with it. Subaru killed it off now that you can't get oil pumps, valves, and a host of other stuff. It's a dead platform. Get a Legacy. GD
  27. I have a couple unlisted videos on youtube. I will send you the links in a message. Trying to get feedback on what people like or don't like about the videos.
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