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Old 09-22-2003, 04:48 PM   #1
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Default Any GL fans out there?

Does anybody else think GLs are the best Subarus?

I like both the early eighties and late eighties models, my dream Subaru is a AWD turbo GL-10 wagon.

P.S. is it possible to add a pic that is not on a website?
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Old 09-22-2003, 04:59 PM   #2
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Does anybody else think GLs are the best Subarus?

I like both the early eighties and late eighties models, my dream Subaru is a AWD turbo GL-10 wagon.

P.S. is it possible to add a pic that is not on a website?
Depends on how you look at it. This is how I feel about the GLs. The early 80's GLs were awesome. The EA-81 motor is indestructable and runs forever. The hatchback was awesome, and you just can't beat the Brat. As for the later 80s GLs they had there good and bad thing, but I think feel they have more bad than good. You could get rear LSDs in them, but the bodies just rust away. The EA-82 motor was ok, but the hydrualic lifters are a pain when they get up in mileage. If you have an EA-82T then they are worth the effort.The RX is defenitly the late 80's GL to have.

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Old 09-22-2003, 08:45 PM   #3
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What engine do the early 90's Loyales have? GLs eventually became Loyales, correct?
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Old 09-23-2003, 10:13 AM   #4
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What engine do the early 90's Loyales have? GLs eventually became Loyales, correct?
The Hatchback (Short two door that always had the 4 individual headlights) and the Brat always had the EA-81 pushrod motor. From 85 on the sedan, coupe, and wagons had the EA-82. That includes those couple years when they were called Loyales. I believe in the last few years as Loyales a few things changed, but the Loyales were just re-named GLs. Also, by the time they were Loyales they should have all had the Single Point Fuel injection.

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Old 09-23-2003, 12:28 PM   #5
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Its tough, but I think my favorite would be this 1983 wagon. I've only seen one on the road ever, and that was in western Mass when I was visiting relatives years ago. The other car that steals my heart, is the '83 yellow GL wagon that my family bought new. I was a young'un when the car was delivered on a flat bed, but that car took my family everywhere in all types of weather. I learned how to drive on that car, and it later became my own. I was putting about 65k a year on the car for 4 years. When it was retired, the Subaru mechanic that had worked on the car for 15 years took it and parted it out to help another GL owner. It sounds cheesy, but my mom and I shed a tear for that car. 15 years. 300k miles and countless adventures later, it was time to move on to our '93 Legacy, a worthy successor.
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Old 09-24-2003, 01:17 AM   #6
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It sounds cheesy, but my mom and I shed a tear for that car.
There's nothing cheesy about that. When my Legacy finally gives up, however long that takes , I will unabashedly cry. I mean bawling, sobbing, cry. I don't care if it's just a car. It is my pride and joy, that I've learned to downshift and double-clutch on, learned to work on cars in the first place on , etc.etc. Even the XT already has a warm place in my heart!

I think the EA82's are a good engine. The lifter problem will really only surface if the oil isn't changed often enough The thing I like about the EA81's though, is that the cam is directly driven my the crank (read: no timing belt!)

Don't worry, there's nothing wrong with any old Soob!
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Old 09-24-2003, 04:02 AM   #7
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Read my name... I have an 87 GL with a Weber racing carb, upsized exhaust with a Flowmaster muffler on it... the car puts out maybe 95 HP tops... but its still awesome and goes anywhere I refuse to NOT own a dual range car after owning this car... someday when my 272K miles become 300K or 325K I may make the 87 into a permanant off roader (swampers and a 3+ inch lift) and run around in a boosted up XT or Impreza... but I love having low range... it has so many uses, even in the urban jungle
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Old 09-25-2003, 01:04 AM   #8
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Check out this site

http://users.bigpond.net.au/bybsubi/main.htm



Has some cool lifted GLs.
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Old 09-25-2003, 09:04 PM   #9
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My very first car (that I bought) was an 86 AWD GL turbo wagon. I sold it to my dad when I moved to Manhattan and have regretted it ever since. Especially when I didn't stay in Manhattan and had to buy a new car.

I love the XT, but I miss my wagon.
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Old 09-25-2003, 11:04 PM   #10
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Old 09-27-2003, 01:20 AM   #11
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*Sniff* I miss my '87 dual range 4WD hatch (btw since the EA81 and ea82 were both available in the GL model for a couple years the body styles are hatchback [EA81] and 3-door [EA82])

I'll have to post the warning I got in it once!!
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Old 09-27-2003, 11:22 AM   #12
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Since the Loyales are just rebadged GLs, why haven't I read more about Loyales? I mean, reading at the old USMB and other sites, I may have read 2 posts at the most about Loyales. What about the turbocharged Loyales? Are they that bad? I know consumer reports diss them for reliability issues so I never looked for any more information about them. I'm curious though now. They may be a wolf in sheeps clothing if you hook them up right. Comments?
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Old 09-27-2003, 05:27 PM   #13
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Ya there are afew loyale turbos out there I think. Alot of people just call the loyale a GL, but its basically the same car anyway, so its not like it really matters what its called

Yes you can boost up a GL/RX/Loyale Turbo. Sean at rallitek used to have a 160HP subaru RX


115HP stock + WRX intercooler + bigger exhaust + more boost = fun

Oh and the reliability issue... the only problems with the turbos really is they cook everything rubber... but if you keep an eye on the hoses and stuff and dont let them overheat ever... they will run forever

Oh and replace timing belts religiously.
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Old 09-27-2003, 09:16 PM   #14
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No no no. The awesome part of a Turbo GL is the 134 ft. lbs. of torque they produce at 2800 RPM!!! GO 8-VALVE!!!!!

I swear, my 88 RX feels faster than a first gen legacy! The turbo GLs are by far some of the best cars Subaru ever made. But like I said before, the do tend to have some rust problems.

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Old 09-28-2003, 01:27 AM   #15
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So an RX is just a sportier version of a GL, correct?
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Old 09-29-2003, 04:17 AM   #16
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Yep RX is the sportier version. It always had the analog dash while alot of the Gl-10 (nicer than GL's) often had digital dashes. RX's often had side skirts and air dams, rear LSD's and dual range trannys with a 1.2:1 reduction (less reduction than a standard GL)

They also had sportier suspension setups (thicker sway bars and such)

I test drove an 88 or 89 RX 3dr back in high school with only like 59K on it... that baby handled REALLY good and the AWD made it hook up even on the hardest of launch I tried on it
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Old 10-07-2003, 11:53 PM   #17
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GL... what's that ?
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Old 10-11-2003, 12:06 AM   #18
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Oh and replace timing belts religiously.
Learned that the hard way. My RX is sitting in my driveway uninsured with only the left timing belt because I'm too broke and lazy to fix it.
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Old 10-16-2003, 12:08 AM   #19
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What do you guys think abot this GL?



1984 GL

Are these better than late 80's/early 90's GLs?
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Old 10-16-2003, 04:54 PM   #20
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The older than 85 models are smaller and simpler inside... but they have pushrod engines which are total workhorses and great off road. The 85 and newer models are a little more suited to street use as deep mud and timing belts dont get along

And you can always upgrade an 84 to better specs with legacy seats or something like that
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Old 10-16-2003, 11:46 PM   #21
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It takes two to make a thing go right:

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Old 10-17-2003, 02:22 AM   #22
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I miss the ol 86 GL wagon.

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Old 10-17-2003, 03:31 AM   #23
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Old 10-17-2003, 02:54 PM   #24
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The one up front is my rally-x car - dual range MT, 15 in Pugs with Pirelli A210 Assimetrico Snow tires (p195-50), Thunderbird IC, and Hella 500's (2 fog, 2 driving) on the front. It unfortunately has a blown motor.

The one in the back I just bought to get the engine out of it - it runs like a top, 89k original miles, but its an auto. And it got it pretty hard in the back - the rear quarter has a big crease.
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Old 10-17-2003, 04:57 PM   #25
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I've been looking all over the site for more info about your RX with the black hood. I forgot your the username associated with the car (i'm bad with names period) so I didn't have anything to start on.

How did the engine become blown? I was really looking forward to seeing the progress of that potential beast.
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