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Old 01-02-2004, 01:22 PM   #1
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OMGHi2U ea81 turbo - does it exist?

Hi, I'm wanting a little more punch in my 88 hatchback (4WD, EA81 carbed, 4spd). Did any of the older Soobs have a turbo EA81? Can I buy an EA82 turbine, bolt it on, and tweak it to work?

I saw a pic of an 84 GL turbo wagon, had a cool scoop on the hood, but otherwise looked like my hatch (rounded body, not angular like the EA82 models). If I found one of those, would the engine bolt up to my tranny? Would I need to use the hood as well? Would the other body panels swap over, assuming they were less rusty than mine?

So many questions, so much thanks in advance for any advice you can share.
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Old 01-02-2004, 02:18 PM   #2
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The EA81T does exist, but I don't know much about it or in which cars it was available.

Here are the engine specs for several Subaru engines (including the EA81T):
http://www.ultimatesubaru.net/80s/sp...ine-specs.html

Give USMB a try, too...there are a lot of very knowledgeable EA81/82 people on that board:
http://usmb.ultimatesubaru.net

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Old 01-04-2004, 08:24 PM   #3
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The EA81T was only made in late 83 and the 84yr. It came in the Wagon, the Brat and the 2dr Coupe. All were 3spd autos with push button 4wd(single range). The early ones only had oil cooled turbos until the dearlerships recalled them and added water cooling. The engines were very sensitive to overheating, it usually would blow a head gasket and/or crack the heads if not shut down quick enough when hot. Other than that, they were fun cars, not timing belts to change.
I have owned 2 84 turbo wagons and 2 84 turbo coupes, and I still have one. Its on my web site and the USMB Gallery. http://earthlink.net/~turbone.
http://usmb.net/gallery/album13
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Old 01-04-2004, 08:24 PM   #4
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The EA81T was only made in late 83 and the 84yr. It came in the Wagon, the Brat and the 2dr Coupe. All were 3spd autos with push button 4wd(single range). The early ones only had oil cooled turbos until the dearlerships recalled them and added water cooling. The engines were very sensitive to overheating, it usually would blow a head gasket and/or crack the heads if not shut down quick enough when hot. Other than that, they were fun cars, not timing belts to change. It will bolt up to all 5spd D/R trannies, but to do a conversion from carb to turbo is a major undertaking. The engine crossmember, all the electrical from the dash forward, fuel system, etc. You basically need a donor car.
I have owned 2 84 turbo wagons and 2 84 turbo coupes, and I still have one. Its on my web site and the USMB Gallery. http://earthlink.net/~turbone.
http://usmb.net/gallery/album14
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PS, the 84 turbo coupe is for sale.

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