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Old 01-17-2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I couldn't decide where to post this in the forums so I figured I'd ask locally first. Tomorrow I may be adding to the subaru collection with a car that I have owned in the past, and am looking to dip into again. It's a 91 Justy 4wd 5 spd. From my experience on my last Justy which was years ago, my big complaint was suspension. I'm having alot of difficulty finding even oem replacements for these. I know dustysjustys.com allegedly sells some stuff. But I'm looking for something a little more local. If I could get something reasonable like a kyb in there it would be nice. This isn't going to happen without some serious mods though. Anyone got any ideas for me? Thanks.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:46 PM   #2
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way back when i took a few pictures of a p4 class rally justy at PFR. I also just so happened to take some pictures of the suspension...





not overly helpfull but I'm fairly sure they were custom bilsteins... Something like this is not as expensive as you'd think. This car is now owned by a guy named Carson. His dad owns bajanorth in Kamloops. Give them a call and see if they can give you more details.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:51 PM   #3
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way back when i took a few pictures of a p4 class rally justy at PFR. I also just so happened to take some pictures of the suspension...

not overly helpfull but I'm fairly sure they were custom bilsteins... Something like this is not as expensive as you'd think. This car is now owned by a guy named Carson. His dad owns bajanorth in Kamloops. Give them a call and see if they can give you more details.
I loved this car....
It was for sale awhile back.
FYI they are changing the CARS classes in such a way that the Justy will be in the same class as the STI. :/
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:11 PM   #4
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way back when i took a few pictures of a p4 class rally justy at PFR. I also just so happened to take some pictures of the suspension...





not overly helpfull but I'm fairly sure they were custom bilsteins... Something like this is not as expensive as you'd think. This car is now owned by a guy named Carson. His dad owns bajanorth in Kamloops. Give them a call and see if they can give you more details.
Sweet, good to know that is helpful. I know a straight bolt in application is out of the question anyhow
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:13 PM   #5
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I loved this car....
It was for sale awhile back.
FYI they are changing the CARS classes in such a way that the Justy will be in the same class as the STI. :/
Really? Oh well looks like its amateur bush buggy logging road auto x for me. Should be a fun project regardless.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:18 PM   #6
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I loved this car....
It was for sale awhile back.
FYI they are changing the CARS classes in such a way that the Justy will be in the same class as the STI. :/
and it has to add about 400lbs of ballast to make weight...

best way to keep that car competing is to convert to 2wd...
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:22 AM   #7
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and it has to add about 400lbs of ballast to make weight...

best way to keep that car competing is to convert to 2wd...
haha oh no, the justys slow enough with 1 passenger..yikes. I think I'd get a 5 spd 2.2 impreza for auto x personally, this is more of a screwaround project. Thinking about boosting eventually maybe running like 6-8lbs? We'll see apparently the block and internals can hold it pretty easily. Take some custom piping and manifold but nothing I'm not willing to try. I'm buying this on the assumption it's gonna blow up sooner rather then later
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:09 AM   #8
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haha oh no, the justys slow enough with 1 passenger..yikes. I think I'd get a 5 spd 2.2 impreza for auto x personally, this is more of a screwaround project. Thinking about boosting eventually maybe running like 6-8lbs? We'll see apparently the block and internals can hold it pretty easily. Take some custom piping and manifold but nothing I'm not willing to try. I'm buying this on the assumption it's gonna blow up sooner rather then later
actually i was wrong... curb weight is ~1850lbs so race weight...? 2000lbs?

minimum weight is 3350 for pruduction and 2900 for open...

no weight minimums for 2wd though. that thing could rock.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:43 AM   #9
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Seriously? My ra is only like 2680 curb weight or something. Taking 4wd out of a subaru just feels like blasphemy to me.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:31 AM   #10
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Just found these old pics online of my old justy just before I bought it. Thought you guys might be interested in seeing them it was a pretty hilarious little car. Was the "RS" model haha 2 door 5 spd 4wd and came stock with..13's instead of 12's!! anyway I sold it to my buddy shortly after buying my rs impreza and he totaled it within 2 weeks, here it is.

PS all the decals I had removed before actually driving it haha.



interior stripped and lined

not a real roll cage...that also lasted about 4 seconds in my possession.

Anyway, some good insight into my next project justy!
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:37 PM   #11
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there was a Justy (full blown rally car w/cage, seats, computer and such) on craigslist about a year ago.
some kid from Kelowna (i think) ended up buying it and we saw it a few times on ice as well on dirt in Hope doing rally-x's
and it performed pretty good.
i think he bought it for $3k?
anyway i asked him about the suspension set up but he didn't have any idea what it was but definitely not the oem one =o)
and the reason i asked was - i also had Justy loong time ago and struts kept on bending on me =o)
this is a picture of last year rally-x in Hope
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:41 PM   #12
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I think Warwick up in Squamish had a Justy for awhile...he might have a good lead on parts and general knowledge.
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:44 PM   #13
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Thanks for the leads guys these little cars are getting harder and harder to piece together. I picked up the justy yesterday for 500 bucks...had some serious scab mechanics done to it but its at least a good motor and tranny. I started off by removing the "cold air intake" some idiot made with duct tape heat wrap and dryer vent ducting. I also did 2 oil changes, plugs, leads, and a bottle of lucas oil. Motor runs nicely now it was running on 2 this time yesterday. The 4wd works nice but regardless of a new clutch cable its hard as rock, going to try lubricating and if that doesn't help ill try replacing.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:47 AM   #14
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:11 AM   #15
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sick damn haha well I already jumped on this one, definatly not as nice as that one that things super clean. Who knows though maybe haha. Someone else should join the justy club! Heres a link to my thread on my new justy http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2457601
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:18 PM   #16
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Hi there been following this forum for awhile, finally decided to make my first post. I am looking for ideas. So I bought a carbed '89 Justy a few months ago for $500 as a car to toy around with and have some fun going places my non $500 car could only dream of. I bought it with a slight burning oil problem with the plan in mind that I am going to search this summer until I can find a FI engine somewhere, to rebuild along with aftermarket engine management (probably megasquirt). Currently the car gets used for forest exploring, driving spiritedly on loose surfaces and in snow. It has done triumphantly in snow and up 40 dirt hills and freeway driving. It spends most of its life from 1000 to about 3500 rpm. Now the questions that I pose is during my engine rebuild what machining, parts, or tactics can be used to increase low-end torque? I'm not looking for a horsepower monster 3 cylinder or a turbo. But a few steps in the right direction for a for a strong engine?

My ideas so far are things like shaving the heads a tad to increase the compression ratio a little, perhaps Custom ground cam lobes, getting the heads well rebuilt maybe a port and polish, and probably get the weak points like rod bearings and anything else suggested friction coated. (Because only the best for my cheap justy lol.)

Does anyone else have ideas to help?


Also here is a picture of the justy, she has been preliminary named Joleen. Lol

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Old 04-23-2014, 06:05 PM   #17
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Ill list off the "upgrades" and mods i did.

- went back to an oem inrake and cooling system via donor car
-biggest 13" tires that would fit cant.recall off hand the size
-piaa aux light and piaa headlights
-remove sway bar
-poly fill motor and transmission mounts
-gut interior carpets and all

Now you might say "but i seen this youtube video" and yes at one point they were popular mostly in quebec. Those projects required ALOT of custom work and alot of money. Not something for the home shop.
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:40 PM   #18
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My cousin played around with his Justy few years ago. 4WD 5-speed that was carb'd, that he converted to fuel injection and turbo'd.

He didn't get into suspension, but you may want to concern yourself with the flawed-design water/oil combo pump. It's the main reason he hasn't driven his Justy in probably over a year now...

http://subarujusty.proboards.com/thr...usty-4x4-turbo
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Old 04-26-2014, 03:36 AM   #19
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yep, the EF12 is only meant for pushing
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