1983 AMC Eagle SX/4 from North America - Comments

14th Jun 2002, 08:29

Hi there,

I'm the guy who wrote the original review. Just wanted to respond to that comment. I looked up the engine specs recently... 112hp and 210 ft/lbs. '83 SX/4 weigh in at 3033 lbs while '80 wagons are 3407 lbs so that might explain it. Also, keep in mind Eagles were equipped with a variety of gear ratios depending on the year and things like a towing package option. Also, I feel my car feels a little slower than the original specs might suggest, probably because of the crappy Carter BBD carb (you were lucky enough to not have the computer controlled version in your '80 but it still sucks). I have a rebuild kit for the Carter, but I've heard great things about the Webers available to for the 258, these are advertised mostly to the Jeep community.

I have completed some of the mods listed as future mods in my original review:

-Suspension lift: about 1" in the front, 4" in the rear

I used thick rubber spacers in place of the thin stock upper coil spring pads... it was a pain, but it produced enough lift to clear the tires pretty well. As for the rear, it just looks ridiculously awesome. I used some 3" lift blocks and had to have some custom U-bolts made and some Monroe shocks with overload springs with stud extensions. I had to cut off the muffler temporarily because the driveshaft angled more after the lift and it would hit the exhaust pipe now and then.

-Stereo: I took my Aiwa head unit out of the Dodge Daytona I totalled and made a custom bracket for it that looks quite nice in over the stock radio area. I still have the stock speakers, but their inadequacy is drowned out by the 200 watt Infinty BassLink subwoofer in the back with a gain control knob on the dash.

I just got 4 Hella 530 fog lights (2 for the front, 2 out back) yesterday. Its been rainy, so I've been working on the console mounted switch box and wiring the Bosch relays. I still need some Hella 530 or 550 driving lights. I also managed to track down a OEM spoiler, but haven't put it on yet. Make sure if you get one of these to get the electric hatch release because the spoiler covers the keyhole.

If anybody has any questions or whatever, email me at Acheron3000@hotmail.com or catch me on AOL Instant Messenger - Acheron3000.

30th Jun 2002, 18:19

Very well done review. It's nice to see that I'm not the only one in the world who thinks their car is some sort of utility/off road vehicle.

3rd Jul 2002, 13:48

Some good upgrades mentioned.

I'm interested in some detail regarding your 'head conversion' that you mentioned in your upcoming mods. Can you elaborate on that a bit for us ;)

Thanks

Jade

'83 Eagle Wagon

Victoria, BC

CANADA.

3rd Sep 2004, 15:37

I just purchased an 82 AMC Eagle SX/4. I seem to have the same problem I see a lot of you have, with the idling and the two feet driving theory. If anybody could help me out in the quest of restoring this beauty of mine drop me line. Anybody ever souped up a Eagle out there? I have intentions of making my Eagle fast and furious! Please Help Me!

MannyFresh80@msn.com.

19th Oct 2004, 09:31

I am interested in any frame tie kits and/or lift kits that are available for the Eagle Wagons. Or will I just have to modify myself? I also have some hints on bypassing the computer control for the Carter bbd. The Eagle Web page has some good links to this. If you don't want to bypass the computer, you need to give the needle valves a good cleaning and verify that the co2 sensor is sending the proper signal to the computer. Other than the plastic stepper motor cam I have not had any problems with my Carter.

6th Jan 2005, 12:33

Hey, It is cool to see other people who love the Eagle SX/4! Mine was bought about 3 years ago after a kid had some work done on it in our shop. I paid very little for it and decided I would fix it up with the help of my father and his car rebuilding expertise. Mine had the 4-cylinder 2.5 in it, so instead of rebuilding a small engine older engine, I got a 1992 fuel injected Ford 302 HO motor out of a cougar. It has a better firing order than the standard 302 and better performance. Thankfully, due to my Dad's amazing skills we actually fit it into the front of the car. It is all set in and welded up. Right now we are working on the fuel system, which of course had to be modified, and the clutch. I have big plans to make this car a true beast of the road. I am still searching for exterior pieces of the bumper though. If anyone knows where I might get some of these peices it would be extremely helpful.

Papa_smurf05@msn.com

Keep the Eagle alive.

24th Mar 2005, 12:09

Hello Eagle owners! I have read all the entries on the panel. It's nice to see I'm not the only Eagle owner. Does anyone have an idea as to where I can find a parts store for my 1983 Eagle SX/4 coupe? I'm putting new tires all the way around on the stock rims and need to know how much of a lift I need in the front and rear. The stock tires measure P205/70 R15 with an overall diameter of 26.3 inches. These are only 205 mm wide (8.07"). I plan on getting 4 new Dunlop Radial Mud Rover 32 x 11.5 R15's. I seen a review on the panel that said the guy needed 5/16" wheel spacers installed for his 215mm wide tires. Does anyone have a clue? I do have furture plans my Eagle, but they all have to do with being strictly "off road". Have title, will have fun, but with no registration or insurance. Any thoughtful "add-on ideas" are greatly appreciated.

12th Jul 2005, 18:41

http://www.amceaglenest.com/ has a wealth of information regarding Eagles. They are a great bunch of people, willing to help you with any Eagle problems you might have. There's even a forum where you can post parts for sale or wanted. Completely free site too.

25th Aug 2007, 00:08

You are so right about the AMCEagleNest; there is no question or topic that someone isn't willing to help with, or help find parts for. I just bought a 1981 SX/4 and they have helped me with a lot of parts and a few problems; I just can't say enough about them. So if anyone needs help of any kind, no matter what kind of Eagle you have, just post it and you will get loads of help.

Wisconsin Eagle SX/4 Nut.

Website is: amceaglenest.com

8th Feb 2008, 21:13

I have a 1983 Eagle Wagon. In reverse under load I have a hard clunking universals, and the drive line is tight. I need help.

5th Oct 2009, 21:03

I bought an 83 wagon back in February, with a five speed as the only option, but I love that car.

Unfortunately...

It failed emissions twice, most likely from the motor being rebuilt and nothing else replaced in the process. However, I decided to do a 4.0 high output head conversion and efi system, entirely junkyard conversion. I switched out the stock 258 cam to the 4.0 cam as well, which should add a very considerable amount of power. I have a few more things to do to it, including installing a jeep 5 speed and transfer case, but it should be up and going strong by halloween :D.

The few times I've been able to drive it before parking it (for six months now) I loved the heck out of it. The parts interchangeability is extremely vast, opening the door for huge potential, without spending huge amounts of cash. It's truly an awesome vehicle that set the standard for today's crossovers, and there will never be an equal. In my mind, they're classic cars worth owning.

7th Jul 2012, 20:52

I had a 83 SX/4 for my first car. My brother helped me put a 350 Chevy engine in it. I wish I would have kept the car. It was a lot of fun, & surprised a lot of people.

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