Jump to content
Ultimate Subaru Message Board
Scott in Bellingham

Legacy running gear under a loyale

Recommended Posts

Im looking into transferring all the running gear from a 98 Legacy outback into a 90 Loyale wagon, so the EJ22 with the Legacy hubs and brakes , and EJ Legacy struts all around ,at the same time give it a lift say 4" , anyone done this? whats the hangups with the lift I can change all the suspension mount points from EA82 to EJ parts what you guys think?

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Like you said, with a lift you can easily adapt all of the EJ stuff under the loyale.It however might be better to adapt the loyale body to the strut tops then make a 4" strut bottom lift so you can run bigger tires.The rear suspension links could use some attention.Other than that your the man with a plan.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If anyone can do it you can.  I have been planning basically the same thing for my '81 Hatch for years.  I am finally getting ready to buy a new place with a real shop so I can proceed.  I think it just comes down to some decent sub-frame assemblies.  When I posed essentially the same question a couple years ago I think consensus was that it would simply take a good transposition of the mounting points, which you have already identified as an issue you can deal with.  Your Loyale will be easier than my Hatch. :popcorn:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is exactly what I did to my Brat. I have the whole legacy front suspension on the Brat and then the 2.2T dropped right in like she was supposed too. Plus, the Brat is lifted 4 inches too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is exactly what I did to my Brat. I have the whole legacy front suspension on the Brat and then the 2.2T dropped right in like she was supposed too. Plus, the Brat is lifted 4 inches too.

 

You can't just say that to us.  Where are the photos?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here is one of the brackets I made to allow for the Ej suspension to bolt right up.

post-26256-0-14290700-1450398009_thumb.jpg

 

Once the Ej suspension is in, it widens the Brat by 40mm on each side. So I had some 5x100 adapters made that gave me just that. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like the idea of doing this... it solves the issue of the growing scarcity of 5 lug conversion parts as well as puts a more modern (better handling) suspension under the EA series car... and you get an EJ swap and lift too!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

front is easy.

 

It is the back that's hard.  The rear cradles, and the trailing arm mounts would be complicated, but doable.......there are enough mounting points, close to where they need to be on both the EA81 nad EA82 bodies........BUT.....

 

There is nowhere on the EA chassis to mount the upper strut perches.  Requires ALOT of fabrication,  cutting out of the wheel wells, possible crossbracing in the trunk area to actually have any strength.

 

Have you seen anyone else pull that off? I have a 91 loyale that i want to put 90 legacy running gear under it

 

Just lift the Legacy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

F*** that legacy. I got no paperwork for it. I was planning to lift it. Fabbing is fun. I was just wondering if anyone has already done it, so i can follow in their foot steps. But i can make my own steps lol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×