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Everything posted by Numbchux

  1. Yea, I was assuming you weren't putting 2000 lbs in it....it should be able to handle 450ish. I think there are still ride height measurements in the FSMs. Might be worth seeing if it's officially sagging before you go buying springs.
  2. I don't know the exact years, but the valve bodies changed a couple times between '99-'06, and obviously the axle gear ratios have to be identical. Then again, those parts interchanges tend to be pretty specific. They're looking for the identical transmission, when maybe one gear ratio changed, but it would still work.
  3. Well, if the rear is sagging, the camber will go more negative on the both multilink designs. Older Imprezas are all modified-Macpherson rear, which has much more consistent camber through the travel. Do you regularly drive it loaded? If so, overload springs (I'm not sure if that's even a thing on a Tribeca...) might be worth looking into.
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    Subarus at the Rubicon?

    As I recall, there was video of him welding the transfer clutches on a tarp in the parking lot, as even with the duty C wired to lock, it couldn't crawl over a curb.
  5. Nope, not the greatest picture, but maybe it makes sense. I'm just cutting out a chunk out of the end that's barely the width of the hose, this leaves all the surface on either side for the clip to rest against.
  6. I prefer to make 2 cuts so the hose can be removed without bending.
  7. Fix this. Any other diagnosis/repair is a waste of time and money.
  8. AT shift cables, all the time. Although they usually break. We probably stocked 3 different part numbers, and sold one once a week or so.
  9. On my most recent purchase, my '01 VDC, I got some assurance that there will be a title, so I'm beginning a plan to fix it. One of the issues is related to the shifter. What it feels like is that something in the linkage (cable, etc.) is binding/bending. I have to mess with it to get it to "engage" park (electronically, the prawl engages, but the light on the dash won't always come on, which of course prevents the car from starting). And when I pull it down towards the gears, I have to pull it all the way to "1" to get it to engage "D". Having to jiggle the shifter to get it to start made me first think it was the range/neutral switch on the transmission, but since it doesn't work the other way, I'm tempted to think it's something else. This kind of reminds me of an SVX I had briefly. The story when I bought it was that the shift cable had broken, and they put a new one in it, and it still didn't work correctly so it needed some internal repair. We found that the brand-new OE cable would kink when "pushing". So we could start it, and one guy hold the brakes, while the other guy reaches down with a pliers from under the hood and pull on the shifter to put it in gear. Then you could drive it, and the cable would "pull" just fine back into Park. Now, we test drove it, and the transmission was also slipping REALLY badly, so we parted out the car, so we never attempted to fix it. The difference is that it would go into Park just fine. I put this Outback up on ramps, and took a look in a few positions, and I didn't see the cable obviously doing anything like that, or shifting in the mounts (or mounts deforming). So, long story short. Anyone seen anything internal in the transmission binding causing cable issues? Or should I focus my diagnostic on external parts?
  10. Yea, it certainly could be something like that. I looked once with the shifter at each end of the travel, and didn't notice anything shifting like that, so I got to thinking if I should suspect something internal. Once I get the title for sure, I'll start tearing it apart and look for parts binding (or if I run out of things to do, I'll tear some stuff off the parts car for some experimentation). We sold a lot of cables when I was at the dealership, so maybe it's just that simple.
  11. That was my first thought, but after playing with it for awhile the other day, I think electrically it's reading correctly, as you can pull the shifter all the way down to "1" and it will barely engage Drive, so I'm thinking more on the linkage side of it. That's a good point, and that could cause an issue at both ends of the travel like I'm seeing. This car has higher mileage (210k or something) and has been sitting for the last year or so...
  12. My concerns are diameter and length. Upper spring perch is usually integrated into the original top mount, so you frequently have to add the stock EA82 mount, or redesign a mount/spring perch. Adding the second mount, from SuberDave's build: Or replace it. Like Nico did, these crazy custom anodized aluminum pillowball mounts for his Ohlin's Not saying you shouldn't do it. Just brainstorming some challenges that will depend on the specific coilover design and what you've got in mind.
  13. Yes, I think the first gen Legacy/Liberty is the only exception. I don't know about '93-'94, but certainly by '95, even the Impreza had it in the rear.
  14. Codes?
  15. Something like that works for springs. But to do it right, you still need dampers. I ran Miata application rears for some time with Ground-Control sleeves like that and was very happy with them. carfreek, I fear that the issue you'll find, is your kit will only likely work with one brand of coilovers.
  16. It's been an awful long time since I paid any attention to an EA82 wiring diagram, so I don't remember. It was well-labeled on the diagrams, though. Being a reed switch, it'll be pretty hard to read it with a multimeter (might read AC voltage while spinning the cable).
  17. I've not seen an EA82 cluster that couldn't supply a VSS signal (I did one into a carbed '86 wagon years ago that I'm almost positive had the factory cluster in it). Certainly anything fuel injected would use it. Sounds more like boost cut.
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    Broken brake bleeder

    Yea, I rebuild my own calipers/cylinders almost always. But I've never had any luck extracting bleeders. It's basically the only time I'll buy a caliper/cylinder.
  19. Yea, I've seen stuff like that done a 2 or 3 times. Obviously an enormous amount of custom fab work, and usually requires a considerable body lift to make room for upper control arm mounts. Pretty awesome stuff, but hardly a feasible option for a typical street car.
  20. Here's a sweet hint about LMGTFY, check the results to make sure it actually supports your own point. Not so in this case, it continues to stack evidence that this is not a thing. Add quotes to it so that google searches it as a phrase, and there's some mention of a Polaris Ranger with a ridiculous lift but no details, and quickly devolves to modifying hellcat airdams, and hatch strut deletes.... I'll admit, I'm far from perfect and definitely don't know everything, so maybe you'll teach me something. But Parts has been my career for about 10 years, some of which at a Subaru dealership, and I've driven almost exclusively neglected Subarus for much longer. If something like this existed, I think I'd know. And you come across as such a lazy, condescending ***, I don't mind calling you out on it. Don't like it? Change it.
  21. I'm still waiting for info on this "strut delete", lol
  22. Yea, when you bottom out the coils against each other, it's called coil bind, and is VERY hard on things. Cutting some of the spring off, would make it easier to bottom out the assembly, but since the travel is limited by the strut, it should be less likely to coil bind at the same point in the strut travel.
  23. There are many many different variations (different part numbers, anyway). I don't know any lengths, but here's what I do know. From my notes (honestly, not sure of the source), an Outback wagon rear is 190 lb/in. Rallitek is 355 lb/in, which is supposedly about 20% softer than King. Baja is stiffer/taller than Outback, as people use that as a lift. Auto transmission usually gets stiffer springs, front and rear, than a manual. Spring rates are probably similar between the same body styles, regardless of height (Legacy sedan vs Outback sedan, Legacy wagon vs Outback wagon). Obviously Outback stuff is taller than Legacy. When I run out of things to do (:eyeroll:), I have Tacoma Offroad bilsteins that I want to test fit in the rear of my '01 OBW parts car, and I plan to take some measurements. But it's fairly low on the list right now.
  24. I just did a KYB warranty exchange through RockAuto. Ended up being out return shipping, and about a 2 week process (luckily I have an extra car). And they only warrant the failed one, not the pair, so now I have a new strut across from a ~50k mile strut. No, not likely to be in stock, but you can typically order in to your local store for free (AutoZone ONLY ships next day air to their stores, so if they can get it, it'll be there in a business day or 2, no shipping charge). And with a friendly store manager, and a nice conversation, you could probably get the pair warranteed. I still order through RockAuto all the time, it's just something to be aware of that is not as transparent up front. If I'm likely to need to warranty something, I almost always buy from a local store.
  25. 2005 only on the turbo and H6 models, and trickled into the rest until 07 or 08 Truth is, I don't know where people got the keys they brought in. I just know that we had some frustrated/pissed mechanics with keys that wouldn't program.