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  1. coolhandluke

    Edit- Ok how about Eugene OR Mechanic?

    That would be great, sent you a pm. Thanks
  2. coolhandluke

    Edit- Ok how about Eugene OR Mechanic?

    Nope. The lift started it... Used to tear up reman boots on inside joint. but then I dropped subframe, And got rebuild Subaru Axles and thought I was going to be good for at least 15k miles . But now they're clicking and popping during accellaration and in turns and with scrapping sounds. Just got a boot banding tool so I can open these up and see what's going on inside. The noise sounds like the retaining clip has sprung and is scraping around during rotation. But on both sides?!?
  3. Edit I'll be in Eugene OR for Christmas, does anyone have mechanic recommendations my 92 Loyale could use. Stock ea-82 w/ 160k, Dr swap, 2 inch SJR lift, 1.5 sub frame drop. Rear disc. Toyota rear struts with Accord springs. I've done the majority of work myself but just cant do another axle job. Im starting to think its something to do with me and not the axles. I got rebuilds from Marshall at FW Enterprises I'm looking for someone that would appreciate some of the not so stock things about it help me improve the suspension and advise on engine maintenance. I am moving to Denver next summer so I might wait to work with some of the mechanics out there. Seems like there are more options. Thanks
  4. Not sure what, but something is draining my battery. Background- Battery died. Very low voltage. No Charging. Decided to get new alt. Swapped in a 90amp maxima alt with this style (no connector plug.) Photo from this thead. http://www.ultimatesubaru.org/forum/topic/97208-bolt-in-ea-series-alternator-upgrade-nissan-maxima-alt-installation-guide/page-6?hl=%20conditioning%20%20ea82 During connection of two plug wires. I touched them, with battery connected.. Followed with a puff of smoke from the fusible link box. Went in, replaced with inline fuses. Battery tested bad. Got a new battery. Battery is still dropping voltage. Believe I have traced Parasitic draw to hazard, clock, fuze, as a current is present across that fuse. Pulled out clock found burned out connection. Clipped out clock entirely. They never keep time anyway. Still, theres a draw on battery. With hazards on only rear blinkers come on. Is that normal? Could there be a short somewhere causing drain? Could use some ideas. Im stumped. Thanks
  5. Ha wow. Well the CV for sure. It really just sh** out everywhere. What a mess. She said the steering got a little weird and but could see no visual problem. So drove on if further untill complete blowout / disconnect. How dangerous can a axle failure be? Seems a little wild! This was a new axle I had just installed. Ol Loyal is really not likin the 2" lift. I like it VVV . Really need to get that crossmember/ subframe droppped.
  6. Hello my 92loyale with dr swap Is in trouble!!! I am out of town and car broke down on girl friend...from what she has told me- Car has no power to wheels like it's not in gear. Stick "swims" into first but just revs. No power. Happened suddenly while she was driving. If you have experienced this I would appreciate the advice.
  7. coolhandluke

    Loyale Rambln Wagon Build

    Mason, They are different 4wd systems, push button is solenoid controlled and engages all 4 wheels with power but in more of a AWD style. I think... while the 4WD dual / range is a manual gear engagement. of a LOW or HI gearing option. This is preferred in a off road applications for the gearing options as well as how transfer of power to the wheels is better. er.. uh yeah, thats about as far as I go dude. read up on other members builds. There is all the info you could ever try to learn . All the best.
  8. coolhandluke

    Loyale Rambln Wagon Build

    Edit* Moved to members rides build tread section. Picked it up in Seattle drove it back to Oakland. 1200 miles later. Adventure approved! Rambn Wagon is a weekend adventure vehicle. A sweet update from my 87 Wagon Gl "Leon" My first Soob. Stoked to have got this awesome wagon through USMB. Nice guy up in Seattle. Thanks! Previous owners have put some nice workin into project. Only fitting it seams most of the work was done somewhere in the WA forest at a subaru custom garage. Fellow named Lance Telling made the rear bumer/Spare arm. And did most the work on the vehicle as far as I am aware. Not sure if you're on USMB but good job dude Where she sits 140k Dual range Swap Rear Disc 15s Pugs Intake rotate "Under hood snokel" Custom rear Bumper Tire Arm Plans Lift 2inch Square DL HID Headlight swap Maxima Alt conversion Suspension- Rear -Toyota KYB with Stock Spring Front -Stock ford spings if I can find at local picknpull Custom- steel round Front light bar/bumper Winch under bumper mount Skid plate Roof Basket Fold out tow tongue Current issues to fix 1) Only had one "field" fix on drive down the Coast. After a very loud first drive. Felt around breathing in exhaust till I found the hot air blasting out of the exhaust man gasket. Only 4 bolts, 2 new gaskets and 10$ in A cold walmart parking lot should have only taken 30 min. but of course even after long PB Bastr soak. The last bolt came out thread full of Alu so. back to O'reillies for tap and bolts... Held the whole trip... tap job was not clean but it held for 1200 miles. so im happy with it for now. BUT... there must be more exhaust leaks cause damn! she smells at idle.. Going to switch some stuff from Gl this weekend to try to pass smog next week. If i sniff around under the hood I always go to EGR valve area. Thinking a new gasket and a good clean might help. But also going to search around when I have more time and check vacuum leaks. Whats best way? spray something and looking for idle increase? Any areas I should check first or advice would be appreciated! 2) Has a slight lifter tick on port side and valve cover leak on other side... 3) Etape CEL fix needs to be sorted out. Right now im thinking to try n rewire to adjacent light so that it behaves like it should on key turn to pass smog. Need to check for codes but previous owner said it has been perm on since D/r trans swap... Don't understand what would cause that to go chasing right now so the electrical trick is easier i hope.. just to get through smog.. Anyone Ever had problems with D/r swap into Loyale i'm assuming its from a GL judging on center console but that could be from different what ever its from it looks fresh! nice and clean! Alright here some photos! Thanks
  9. Picked it up in Seattle drove it back to Oakland. 1200 miles later. Adventure approved! Rambn Wagon is a weekend adventure vehicle. A sweet update from my 87 Wagon Gl "Leon" My first Soob. Stoked to have got this awesome wagon through USMB. Nice guy up in Seattle. Thanks! Previous owners have put some nice workin into project. Only fitting it seams most of the work was done somewhere in the WA forest at a subaru custom garage. Fellow named Lance Telling made the rear bumer/Spare arm. And did most the work on the vehicle as far as I am aware. Not sure if you're on USMB but good job dude Where she sits 140k Dual range Swap Rear Disc 15s Pugs Intake rotate "Under hood snokel" Custom rear Bumper Tire Arm Plans Lift 2inch Square DL HID Headlight swap Maxima Alt conversion Suspension- Rear -Toyota KYB with Stock Spring Front -Stock ford spings if I can find at local picknpull Custom- steel round Front light bar/bumper Winch under bumper mount Skid plate Roof Basket Fold out tow tongue Current issues to fix 1) Only had one "field" fix on drive down the Coast. After a very loud first drive. Felt around breathing in exhaust till I found the hot air blasting out of the exhaust man gasket. Only 4 bolts, 2 new gaskets and 10$ in A cold walmart parking lot should have only taken 30 min. but of course even after long PB Bastr soak. The last bolt came out thread full of Alu so. back to O'reillies for tap and bolts... Held the whole trip... tap job was not clean but it held for 1200 miles. so im happy with it for now. BUT... there must be more exhaust leaks cause damn! she smells at idle.. Going to switch some stuff from Gl this weekend to try to pass smog next week. If i sniff around under the hood I always go to EGR valve area. Thinking a new gasket and a good clean might help. But also going to search around when I have more time and check vacuum leaks. Whats best way? spray something and looking for idle increase? Any areas I should check first or advice would be appreciated! 2) Has a slight lifter tick on port side and valve cover leak on other side... 3) Etape CEL fix needs to be sorted out. Right now im thinking to try n rewire to adjacent light so that it behaves like it should on key turn to pass smog. Need to check for codes but previous owner said it has been perm on since D/r trans swap... Don't understand what would cause that to go chasing right now so the electrical trick is easier i hope.. just to get through smog.. Anyone Ever had problems with D/r swap into Loyale i'm assuming its from a GL judging on center console but that could be from different what ever its from it looks fresh! nice and clean! Alright here some photos! Thanks
  10. Smells like vacuum leak

  11. Strong exhaust fumes at idle

  12. coolhandluke

    CEL after d/r swap into Loyale

    Yes I apologize for limited info. It is a potential car I am buying so I didn't do swap myself. Previous owner who did said that the (far right cel now covered with electrical tape has been on since swap.) said that some ol time sub mechanics tried to figure it out but couldn't think that something to do with different transmission to dash connection. Since that swap is common I figured there would be some others who have faced it.. But couldn't find much searching the forums. so now I'm asking. Just trying to get some ideas before I get to it. Hasn't been an issue for owner in Wa but I am relocation this car from Wa to Ca. Where I will auto fail a smog test with that light on. Not sure about the speedo cable. But I will ask.
  13. Hello, Is CEL common after D/r Swap into push button Loyales? Pretty sure the original Trans was manual due to dash unless that was switched with center console Unsure of original vehicle of D/r Trans, non locking... Any one have any experience with this? I would appreciate some advice. Thanks
  14. Hello USMB, Oh I have lurked these forums waiting for the day that I might actually have a sub of my own. Today I finally joined the club! I got a 1987. GL hi/lo with 180k on the clock but well cared for. Engine runs nicely. My only concerns from maiden voyage home were clutch, feels harder than i would think is normal. But I really dont know whats normal for this era. Also steering is really hard (sometimes) like no power steering. 87 must have had power steering right??? Wow, call me a noob if youve ever seen. I apologize, But what can I say im excited. first pics
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