Offroading Subarus

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Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the questions I see a lot, and some I have just made up. By answering these I expect you to email me with the same questions asking me for the answers I put here that you were to much of a hurry to read. But I will post them here anyhow.

This isn’t so much of a question people ask, but it’s one they should think about: Do I want to offroad a Subaru, or any car for that matter?
A: Offroading can be lots of fun. But if there are no good, or very few, spots to offroad around you it can be quite annoying to drive your built rig around the streets. Good offroading rigs aren’t very well suited to roads. And most Offroading Subarus don’t have very good gearing for street uses either.

Q: I want to lift my Subaru. What do I do?
A: For a starter you should be asking yourself what do you want to do with your Subaru. “Lifting” a Subaru normally means installing a Body Lift Kit. A Body Lift only gives you more ground clearance under the body, but not the suspension, engine, gearbox, driveshafts, propshaft, brakes, etc. This is because I Subaru “lift kit” is designed to lift a the Uni-body off the Running Gear. The reason to install a lift kit in a Subaru is to gain more clearance in the fender wells. In doing so allows for bigger tires to be fitted, which then will give you more overall clearance. You can get lift kits from a few different people/companies in Australia and America (I am unsure on other parts of the world) BYB do a lift kit for Australians, so do Scorpion. For the US market there is SJR Lifts. You can always make your own, but I suggest against this as it is harder then first anticipated.

Q: What are the biggest tyres I can fit on a Subaru ______
A: You can fit 25″ tires with no lift and no fender trimming. 26″ With a 2″ lift and no fender trimming. 28″ with a 2″ lift and a fair bit of fender trimming and fender wall bashing. 27″ with a 4″ lift with minimal, if any, fender trimming. 29″-30″ with 4″ lift and plenty of trimming and bashing. EA82’s have slightly larger wheel wells and thus you can fit about a half in larger tyres with the same trimming/bashing.

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Q: I want more power from my EA81/EA82 Subaru
A: Subaru’s are naturally underpowered. And there are really no bolt on mods you can do to fix this. You can get ground cams with a better torque curve for offroad or onroad. You can also get a carb adapter and fit a weber with some modifications. The best way to get the power you want is to install a EJ engine. Most chose the EJ22 which is a 2.2L 16 valve SOHC. It has around 135hp and 150Nm. They have the best torque curve for offroading. Although they aren’t a bolt in mod. You’ll need to do things like, upgrade fuel lines from the tank, install a EFI fuel pump, get/make an adapter plate to fit the engine to the EA’s gearbox. Get your fly wheel redrilled to fit the EJ engine, sort out the the wiring loom so it is just the basics to run the engine, etc etc etc… The list goes on and on.
In other words, it is hard to increase your hp with more then just a “tune up.”

If you have a question, ask, and I will try my hardest to answer it. And if it’s a good one I will put it up here.

Nothing on this page should be taken for granted. Resualts vary from car to car. The only way to find out is by doing. If you are, or want to be, a hardcore offroader you will need to get the angle-grinder/jigsaw/sawzall out and start cutting.
Thank you for reading.

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