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    8-Bit Racing's '87 Subaru RX

    We are a LeMons Race team and have started campaigning a '87 RX. Originally, we raced an '84 300zx for 6 races in the past couple years but we are all Subaru Owners ('05 STi, '00 RS, '06 STi, '12 BRZ) and because Subaru Cars/Motors are not very common in LeMons, we wanted to try and raise it to contention. We also wanted something that had not been raced yet in LeMons and both the XT/XT6 and RX have not.


    So earlier this year, we picked up an RX. (You can see my '05 STi there too).

    It turns out it had an MPFI NA motor swapped in (missing Turbo)

    And was generally an Oily Mess

    With some rust spots too


    Well, we ended up picking up a 2nd motor (Turbo from a 90 Loyale Wagon) but it too had some issues:






    Well, we put together various parts to put it back into its Turbo form and we managed to make if to the 2nd day of the last race of the season at Sonoma Raceway this past weekend and went from Start to Finish!!!!






    Here is list of picture albums of our build of the engine/car/roll cage. While it was our 7th Race, it was our first time putting any engine together and our first time building a roll cage.

    Theme Material
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 560f3bf560

    Documentation
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... a2c723e688

    First Work Weekend
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... e69603ab82

    Taking Apart Turbo Engine
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 733934dba1

    Pulling the NA Engine from Car
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... db6580406a

    Pulling Interior
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 6d632330de

    Further Engine Work
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 783f8fc493

    Engine Rebuild
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... d6eb7577ad

    Cleaning Up Sound Deadening Material
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 06cde21dde

    Seat, Steering Column
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 96c4cd5b27

    Roll Cage: Part 1
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 7b24cef617

    Thanksgiving Week Work
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 4238ee63d0

    Engine Building and Final Prep
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 1801b7292e

    Pictures From The Race
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 58f671f333

    Pictures Of Other Cars From The Race
    (The Orange/White Beetle has an EJ22 in it and there is a Subaru Legacy Wagon).
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... d1954b6bcf

    The Judges and Organizers liked the car so much that they made mention of it in their post wrap video!
    It starts at about 45 seconds in.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JifDgHnj4bo

    I will keep this post updated with pictures of development of the car.
    Thanks for looking and have a great new year!

    ~Patrick

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    Re: 8-Bit Racing's '87 Subaru RX

    That is awesome! :tu: :mrgreen:

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    Re: 8-Bit Racing's '87 Subaru RX

    Any pics on what intake manifold they used to bypass the turbo? lol

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    Re: 8-Bit Racing's '87 Subaru RX

    lol that thing is amazing.. I Fing love it !! lol some of those other cars are jokes hahha cant wait to see the next race lol.


    I'm really surprised your car has sound deadening, my 1986 gl-10 turbo never had it.

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    Re: 8-Bit Racing's '87 Subaru RX

    Quote Originally Posted by J3wman
    Any pics on what intake manifold they used to bypass the turbo? lol
    They didn't bypass the turbo so much as they swapped in a EA82 MPFI, so it had the MPFI intake and a few plugs for various vacuum tubes that were turbo related. I can dig up some pictures if you want.

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    Re: 8-Bit Racing's '87 Subaru RX

    Quote Originally Posted by Nico
    lol that thing is amazing.. I Fing love it !! lol some of those other cars are jokes hahha cant wait to see the next race lol.


    I'm really surprised your car has sound deadening, my 1986 gl-10 turbo never had it.
    Thanks thanks. We are super excited about developing the car. The hope is to compete in Class C (lowest class) and eventually swap in a EJ motor and transmission as we make the car more competitive. But with endurance racing, reliability is key. I have a 2 core radiator and an oil cooler kit (from the 300zx) that I will probably put in the car first and foremost.

    Ya, removing the sound deadening material was actually super easy. We used Dry Ice to freeze the stuff and then a couple hammers and it comes right off!

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