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Updated on May 06, 2012
The Subaru Brat is a car-truck (like an El-Camino or Ranchero) that was made in 1977-1987 in two generations, Gen1=1977-1981(round headlights), and gen2=1982-1987(square headlights), and in two lines, GL's (4 headlights), and DL's (2 headlights). GL's and DL's look alike except for the headlights.I'm not sure how else DL's are different from GL's because I have never seen a DL in person. (I don't think I even have any pics of them here)
BRAT stands for Bi-drive Recreational All Terrain Transporter. (I think they just came up with something that fitted BRAT)
The Gen. 2 has a 73hp 1.8L or an optional 93 hp 1.8L turbo for the 93 and 94 model years
The Gen.1 has a 1.6L.
They have a 4 speed FWD/ 4WDHI/ 4WDLO or a 3 speed automatic with push button "on demand" 4WD.
The deal with the seats in the back are because they look cool (and are fun to ride in) and also because of the seats they were considered a "light duty vehicle" instead of a truck and that saved 20% on import taxes. It is today considered a truck.
you see hardly any Brats or GLs or DLs (and even some EA82's like the XT) today because Subaru used crappy paint and thin body medal which makes them rust very easily. and the Brat has a special feature that causes the wheel wells to rust, dragging the whole car along with it.
There were 92,445 Brats sold in america. If they didn't rust away, most of them would still be on the road, but instead I have only seen 9 Brats in person, all but three of them are in junkyards, and I own one of those lucky three.
Here's a site that goes over wheel well rust an how to fix and/or prevent it. Mr. Science explains why Brat wheel wells always rust out
Check out my Brat hereBratboy's Brat
--Generation 2 is above, Generation 1 is below.--An RC Brat, (they are hard to get these days)here's an add that I like.The Brats Are real speed racers, huh?But remember, in a race up a snow covered driveway, (the kind that are like mountain passes, like mine) a Brat will kick this thing's butt.
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Brat spells style in Japanese!! They are sick TO THE MAXXX.
are all brats four cylinder? and if so, then how can you lift it and put big tires on it?
Does anyone know where I can get suspension parts for a 1978 brat. any info would help. Thanks
I allways liked the BRAT, it's soo cool. Can you tell me if it is 4WD and if Subaru is related to Suzuki because your gaudges match mine. I ask because if they are,then I can crosse referance some parts.
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