Offroading Subarus

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1990 EA82 Hatch

As pre USMB members request I have finally finished my EA82 hatchback. Seems this car never got on the market (was never designed) I thought I may as well see what it would of looked like. All the other concepts I have done are of new Subaru’s and could well be made. But since this is a old model car the only way it would be for real is if someone cut up a wagon and made it into a hatch just like I have here, only for real. I hope you enjoy it, and I also hope you don’t get too confused after seeing it and go looking for one.

This looked like a good challenge. To turn a photo of this Subaru EA82 Wagon in to a EA82 Hatchback. I decided on this picture as it didn’t look easy to modify (I wanted a challenge.) But as it turned out it only took me 2 and a half hours to convert and lift this 4WD machine.

EA82 Hatch
Slice and Dicing again. I moved the rear of front door seal backward to emulate the EA81 hatch’s doors (being bigger, same as the Brat and in fact most other 2 door models of 4 door cars.) I put a lean on the seal to make it more like the EA81 hatch as well. I also grabbed the rear of the car and shortened it, put a slope on the hatch door and filled in the background to make it look real. I had to do a fair bit of touch up inside. both the rear left and left B pillar needed reshaping and moving. I redesigned the seats to look a little better. Also removed the roof racks and reshaped the roof.

And seems I already know you will ask for one, I give you the 3″ lifted EA82 Hatch. I know, I know, I didn’t change the wheels or tyres. But, you can imagine that for your self. I think it looks neat the way it is there though. Basically I just had to select the whole car with the lasso tool and move it upwards. Then fill in the underneath so it looks right. I didn’t think this car was going to turn out very good. But now I have done it and am looking at it right now, it sort of grows on me. I like it more every time I look. If you want you can send me an email or a PM in USMB about this “conversion”.


I bought my first Subaru back in 2005, it was a 89 Brumby, flair red. I lifted it, fitted Kumho 27″ MT’s. After a while I swapped the dual carb EA81 it had with an EJ22 bolted on a custom gearbox which used EJ D/R casing, EA82 5sp low range and an RX centre locking diff. Once I sold the Brumby I got a 83 Leone. Converted it to 4WD, put the Kumho’s on it, added a 5sp and drove it like I stole it. I then upgraded to a 99 Outback. It was hail damaged so I repaired it myself. I fitted it out with some storage and a mattress. I now have a 87 Brumby that I’ve resprayed with two pack urethane in Waratah Red. I am planning to fit an EJ with PT gearbox and a little bit of lift. It’s another project in progress.

Phizinza – who has written posts on Offroading Subarus.

January 14th, 2006 by Phizinza
Posted in Concepts