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Old 01-11-2001, 01:27 PM   #1
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Post 12 second loyale

Hehehe....made ya look . No, really...
From time to time, most of you know I like to espouse aimlessly about my addiction to fast sheetmetal and gas fumes. Well, another crazy idea has entered my fogged out-flashback of a hippie brain:

A mid 80's loyale or legacy with a monster turbo motor in it. Daily Driven. Towing capability, too.

After going for a ride in a loyale wagon with a N/A 2.2 in it, I gotta say that this looks promising. The car weighs in around 2000lbs or less. They're also a dime a dozen here in Colorado (less than 500 for a good chassis.). It would also piss off a Stang'er even worse than a fast RS . The cornering ability of that hunk of japanese grocery getting might was practically nil. But, in a straight line launch, it was fast as all hell. 0-60 times were in the 6 to 7 second range! That was even at 5000ft elevation with an engine bay that looked bone stock, intake and all.

So, lets go from there. The car was an 80's brown loyale wagon with an N/A 2.2. The 2.5 would still bolt in. Turbos are a-plenty. Aaaannnnd....JC Sports is a hop skip and a jump away. They, coincidentally, own the wagon in question.

As for the motor, a 2.5 would be nice, but not required. The turbo is though. In respect to that, I have a few choices. A legacy IHI, a straight t3, or a t3/t28. No front mounted intercooler will be involved if I can help it. A top mount water-to-air is very appealing, though. Low compression pistons are a maybe, and the oil cooler is a definite. Boost will be limited to 12-14psi max. 5psi would be the normal, around town mode. This will not be a "Byron-car". I would have to smoke a lot of something before I tried that in this thing .

The real point of all this is to have a pet project to keep me from gutting my '00 RS. Parts are cheaper, as well. It would also be a cool sleeper. If done right, I'd love to see if it can tow my RS to and from race events. Stuff I've read on here points to it having been done before, so it won't be unfamiliar territory. Stay tuned!

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Old 01-11-2001, 01:35 PM   #2
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Unless the one you rode in was already modified, they only had a SOHC 8v 1.8 in them.

'92 or '93 they offered a "Touring" wagon with the Turbo, not sure the size 1.8 or Legacy's 2.2 turbo. In the mid 80's they had the RX sedan and coupe, both 1.8 turbos.

I must admit though my '90 with the wimpy 90hp 1.8 it had never failed me.

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Old 01-11-2001, 01:41 PM   #3
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You think like I do...that would be cool!
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Old 01-11-2001, 01:43 PM   #4

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Have you taken a look at the Subaru Liberty RS Turbo on the Rigoli's site?

10.72 @ 134.77mph
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Old 01-11-2001, 02:25 PM   #5
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BTW, it was a modified loyale. The 2.2 bolted right in. Everything in that engine bay LOOKED totally stock. Even if you did pop the hood at a street race, the guy would laugh even harder...until the finish line .
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Old 01-11-2001, 02:36 PM   #6
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Neat idea.

Hell, for that matter, you could just pick up one of the factory turbo Loyale or RX models, and boost the hell out of it. Just add some simple piggyback engine management, and start turning up the boost. Sure the heads suck, but it'd be *way* cheap. After you blow that moptor up, you'd *still* have the chassis to throw a 2.5 into, and you'd have experience tuning the old turbo -- fairly "risk free" too.

I remember a web page about somebody that had done this (it was either an RX or XT...?) and it was a damn fast car. He melted pistons a lot, but if I recall, he was just boosting the crap out of a stock engine, and not anything else. Of course, I can't find the page now. With some precautions you could probably get one to be powerful and semi-reliable, for at least a while. They did already have an iron block and low-compression pistons...

Sounds like fun... I bought a '90 loyale wagon brand new, and that thing served me very well until I bought my '99 RS. I sold the 9 year old Loyale for $4k at that point too...

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Old 01-11-2001, 03:34 PM   #7
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Wait a second - does anyone know for sure if the EJ engines are a bolt in swap for the Loyale? What about the rear axles????
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Old 01-11-2001, 03:56 PM   #8
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Hey who is up to Turboing Justy???

I have a spare turbo somewhere!!!

I would actually pay $$$ to see that.

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Old 01-11-2001, 04:09 PM   #9
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How about the entire 2.5RS drive-train in a Justy? That would haul a$$!
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