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Old September 3rd, 2012, 12:52 AM   #1
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I picked me up a 92 Subaru Loyale 4x4 wagon up from the outskirts of midland a while back for $500 and drove it home. Nothing special just bone stock with a 1.8 H4 and a 5 spd. Since I bought it I've done a custom saw zaw lift kit, bedlined from the body line underneith the window down, larger tires (Now have a set of 6 lug Chevy Rally wheels ive modified to fir the Subaru bolt pattern). I also straight piped the exhaust with a 3in tailpipe, installed lights on the front bumper, and custom built a safari roofrack.


This is the day i brought her home


Fenders cut, trying to flex out a bit



Some fun at Silver Lake Sand Dunes!


Fresh bedliner


This is the base i started with for my roof rack. It was the base off of a 4x6 industrial wagon my old man picked up from an auction.


The width was nearly perfect for what i was looking for but the length was quite a bit off. I ended up cutting a 12" section out of the center, tacked it together then test fir it on the car...PERFECT! I used some 3" flat stock for verticle supports then bent and welded on some electrical conduit to the top of the flat stock. Finished the welding and painting.



Permanantly installed on the car.




I will soon have pics up of my new wheels when painted and installed. They are all rusty right now and look like hell. Any comments or tips are more than welcome
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 12:53 AM   #2
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Will be making a 2 inch lift soon. possibly a 4, not positive yet on which road i wanna take when building the kit
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 09:07 AM   #3
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Will be making a 2 inch lift soon. possibly a 4, not positive yet on which road i wanna take when building the kit
Cool ride, I loved wheeling my legacy, but no so good for a dd.

I would always lean bigger, you can cut it down if you really aren't satisfied with it, have to make a full new one if you want to go bigger.

There is a place in colorado that makes bolt on lifts otherwise (I think it is scorpion subaru). Just google subaru lift kits, I know they make 2,4,&6" kits for your wagon. If they are still in business.

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Old September 3rd, 2012, 11:33 AM   #4
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Awesome! I've got a couple friends in Duluth here that wheel or have wheeled their Loyale, Brat, or GL's. Lots of fun watching them get around on wheeling trails.
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Thanks alot guys. The main reason i planned on making one was due to the simplicity and the extreme price of buying one. After much research I've found that SJR is the best place to get older subaru parts from but I can't afford one so building one is the next best thing. Id love to go bigger but my 225,xxx mile 1.8l H4 is gettin a bit tired and not having low lock takes a tole on her when wheeling. I now run a set of 195/65r15s and i bog down alot unless I'm in slick mud. Still a BLAST though. I never thought It'd be as fun as it is. Before this i ran s10's and a built cherokee but this is a totally different feeling. If youve never wheeled one you def should. There is a good local bog in a few weeks and I plan on giving the ole Subie a run or 5. Ill take some pics and be sure to post em up. How does a snorkel sound on there for my next add on?
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Looking forward to seeing your lift...
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Old September 5th, 2012, 12:33 AM   #7
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Finally finished redrilling and plasma cutting my wheels. got them painted as well. hopefully on tomorrow if my new brakes come in.


Modified 15x8 Chevy rally wheels
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I can't tell, but did you do the drill two new holes and use two existing holes method? It looks funny having two holes unused, but is simple and works.
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Sorry bout the crappy pic, took it with my phone. Thats exactly what I did lol. I agree it does look half-assed in a way but im not taking the chance of redrilling my hubs and screwing it up.
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Its been a while since if updated. I havnt been able to do a whole lot. gt the rims perfect for my liking and some decent tred for the time being. havnt got the lift made, instead bought a 99 legacy SUS 30th anniversery edition.


it was a bit too quiet for me so i cut the muffler off and ran a 3" tailpipe from the axle back


This is what she looks like now


Blew the rear shocks out the other night so I made a good investment on these KYB GR-2 through JC Whitney


Got them installed. I dont have any pics but these new shocks added nearly 2.5 inches in the rear and the ride is amazing. I no longer rub when flexing out either.

Since my last update i went though all the breaks and rebuilt both front calipers. I also made a 200+ mile round trip for a new hub and axle which I installed that night. Im also currently in the process if making an air dam type thing for the roof rack which ill take pics and update ASAP
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I'm suprised your car doesn't have a low range. I had a 1980something DL wagon that had a low range, axle interlock (true 4x4) and something called a hill holder. The hill holder was sorta cool. If you stopped on an incline, the brakes would stay applied until you released the cluth. Yes, you could take your foot right off the brake pedel on a steep incline and the car would just sit there.
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I'm suprised your car doesn't have a low range. I had a 1980something DL wagon that had a low range, axle interlock (true 4x4) and something called a hill holder. The hill holder was sorta cool. If you stopped on an incline, the brakes would stay applied until you released the cluth. Yes, you could take your foot right off the brake pedel on a steep incline and the car would just sit there.
Some Brat's, DL's, and GL's had the dual range setup, unfortunately Subaru never put one in the loyale. However, if i can find one of those transmissions, they bolt up to my setup with no issues, that's another thing Ive got on my list of stuff i want to do. That hill holder thing would be sweet! i do a lot of trail riding and occasionally up to silver lake so that'd def come in hand for me.
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