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Finally! Monster wagon off-road

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What do you mean, how?

 

I got the whole rear subframe. Axles, diff, spindals and all.

 

Oh nice!!! :cool:

 

Tom

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SVX front brakes on the rear hubs??? SWEET!!! not gonna get 15"s over them though

 

Tom

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Yeah we had to get creative on the rear brakes, and i had that set of SVX front brakes kickin around. The STI rear caliper mounts did not come close to fitting anything so we just cut them off and welded new mounts on to use the SVX calipers.

 

I have a T-case E-brake on order so no need for the stock e-brake anymore, and when i was down in the trailer pickin through parts i was matching up axle shafts and im pretty sure i can adapt the Loyal inner cups to the SVX front axles so i can use the SVX spindals in the front when we get around to swapping them over. Then it with have SVX brakes front and rear! Should stop this thing pretty well then.

 

Oh and they do clear the 15" wheels i have on the rear right now.:headbang:

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The brakes are very close but they do clear.

 

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And with the wider STI rear end it did fix the camber angle problems we were having. Plus these wheels have a bit more off-set to them.

 

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So now that it's fixed we had to test out the new rear end.

 

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A little wheeling action.

 

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Woops! Stupid tree!

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Those trees will always get ya:clap:

 

Maybe once I get the clutch for the Dr. SUS and replace the center diff I will make a trip up there!:)

 

Tom

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That would be sweet!

 

Just be prepared to have it come out looking like this.

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On another note, all u nay sayers will be glad to know the rear axles are still the weak link.

 

Took it out wheeling tonight and beat the hell out of it in a mud pit. On the way out of the trail comming up a hill in 2wd it broke the LR axle.

 

Althoe i think the axle was damaged when i got the rearend as it was clicking a little from the moment i put the new rearend in. So im gonna call the place i got it from and see if they will send me another one.

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Although our cars are two very different breeds, I know how to get dirty.... care to test the waters rallying??:)

 

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Tom

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Thats sick! Love the new bumper. :banana:

 

 

Did you get a clutch that works in that yet?

 

 

I dunno how well the wagon will rally but i always got the other Legacy for that.;)

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Still waiting till I can afford a spec stage 2 for it and replace the center diff:rolleyes: but it should be running soon.

 

Oh yea, the bumper... after I ripped the second one off, I figured it was time to build one. lol Thats 2in galvanized PIPE!! Bumper weighs like 150lbs... Now all I need to do in build a bottom support/skid plate and all will be well... I will let you know when I can make it up there, or maybe you should come down for a Pine Barrens run??

 

Tom

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great Job,!! after looking at this rear picture and the axle angles looks like you may be over extending those CVs when your axle give does it break of fall apart? I would suggest you lower the diff a bit and the axle issu may lessen

 

 

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Well i was having problems with it over extending before, becouse we extended the lateral links. The inner cv would skip just out side the cup and then pop back in.

 

With this new rearend we kept everything at stock length to prevent this problem. I was acctually more concerned with ender extending the axles (that they would be crushed together under full droop) But that dosnt seem to be a problem either.

 

I swapped the broken axle out this weekend and found that it shattered the inner cv cage. Like i had said in a previous post i think the axle was damaged when i got it. I had a clicking sound from that side from day one and with the new axle in it i dont have that click anymore.

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Found the coolest new wheeling spot! And it's not far from where we live...about 10mins down the road.

 

Fortunatlly my wonderfull girlfreind felt more comfortable out side the car taking pictures wile i attempted to roll it on large rocks, so she got a bunch of wheeling action photos.

 

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Nice pix! They show me that it's way more capable than I first thought from your older shots. Very cool!

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That is CRAZY FREAKIN' SICK!!!!

I need to go back through its evolution to understand what all you did to get such crazy-strong torque and power through what looks like fairly stock machinery... Nice work and nice inspiration!!

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awesome man... I should be doing the clutch in my car this weekend and get it back running again.... now I know why the SVX rebuild is taking so long:)

 

Tom

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