The Subaru BRAT is a crossover car-truck that was essentially a precursor to the SUV's you see today. BRAT stands for "Bi-drive Recreational All-Terrain Transporter" in case you were wondering- it's a bit easier on your mouth to just say "BRAT." They were made from 1977-1987 with a a model revision partway through the production run. From 1977-1981 you have the Generation One Brat, with round headlights, and from 1982-1987 was Generation Two, with square headlights. In addition, each generation had two different trim levels- the DL and the GL. The DL had two headlights while the GL had four- they look identical except for the headlights. The Generation One BRATs had a 1.6L 4 cylinder engine, while the Generation 2 had a 73hp 1.8L or an optional 93 hp 1.8L turbo for the '83 and '84 model years. For a transmission, they had a 4 speed manual FWD/4WD High/4WD low or a 3 speed automatic with push button "on demand" 4WD. There were 92,445 Brats sold in America.

Dimensions and Capacities for a 1985 BRAT GL

Overall Length: 174.2 inches
Overall Width: 64.4 inches
Overall Height: 56.3 inches
Minimum Ground Clearance: 8.3 inches
Wheelbase: 96.7 inches

Fuel Tank: 14.5 US Gallons
Engine Oil: 4.2 US Quarts
Transmission Fluid (Manual Transmission): 3.0 US Quarts
Transmission Fluid (Automatic Transmission): 6.3 - 6.8 US Quarts
Engine Coolant: 5.8 US Quarts

Tire Size (Factory): 185/70SR13
Recommended Tire Pressure (Front): 26 psi
Recommended Tire Pressure (Rear): 26 psi (32psi under full load)

Engine and Transmission Data

Available Engines:
1800cc Carbureted OHV (EA-81)

Available Transmissions:
4-speed Manual Dual-Range 4WD
3-speed Automatic Pushbutton Single-Range 4WD

Engine Specifications: EA-81
Displacement: 1781cc/109 cu in.
Aspiration: 2-bbl Carburetor
Compression Ratio: 8.7:1
Horsepower: 73 at 4800 RPM
Torque: 94 at 2400 RPM
Spark Plug Type: BPR6ES-11
Plug Gap: .039 - .043 inches

Vehicle Identification

Note: X is a placeholder. It is a check-digit which can be any alphabetical character or number from 0 to 9.

BRAT GL (manual): JF1AT53BXFE
BRAT GL (automatic): JF1AT53BXFF

ALL ID's are appended with a 6-digit serial number. On these models, this number starts with 500001. The JF1 may also be replaced with JF2.

Factory Paint Colors

All Subaru colors are assigned a two or three digit color code from the factory. These will be appended to the end of the color name.

Extra Black - 74
Liberty White - 544
Twilight Blue - 646
Lucent Gray - 654
Mica Red - 685
Splendor Red - 726
Lake Blue - 736
Maple Beige - 748
Spice Brown - 749
Champagne Gold - 764
Moon Silver - 787

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