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Old 02-14-2013, 09:58 AM   #1
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Default 6MT swap front axle issues

I searched and couldn't quite find what I am looking for.

I am trying to do a "budget" 6MT swap (using an auto transmission driveshaft and an R160) into a 2006 Forester XT. I am using a JDM V7 STi transmission.

When I got the transmission, the axle stubs had already been removed. I replaced the seals with ones intended for a later-model STi, so it should now take male axles rather than the stub/female axle design.

However, I am having problems because my Forester XT axles will not seat and "lock" into the transmission. They slide in just fine, but I can pull them back out with very little effort, so I don't think the circlip is snapping in to the groove inside the transmission. I think the inner ends of my axles either have the wrong taper, or the dust cup is interfering with the retainer "sun dials".

1. Is there any way I can modify my axles so they will seat and seal properly?
2. Failing that, what axles can I use? Can I just get anything intended for an '05-07 WRX, or do I need something specific?

My axles look like these ones: http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/de...QA1667281.html
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:10 AM   #2
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My stock 06 wrx axles were easy to pull in and out of both my 5 speed and my 6 speed. The clip definitely clicked into place but it was very easy to pull them out. Every other vehicle that I have removed axles from has been much more difficult and I actually needed a pry bar to remove them. The wrx ones pulled out by hand.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:13 AM   #3
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This is what I had to do on mine to get them to click into place good:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2437412
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:19 AM   #4
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OK, so the dust cups are removable and they should fit after that?

How much effort does it take to remove those?
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:47 PM   #5
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They are just pushed on, take a flat head screw driver and pop them off. You can always pop them back on again if it doesn't help your situation.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:54 PM   #6
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Thanks. Based on where it felt like the interference was (between the lip of the dust cup and part of the sundial) I bet it'll give me another half-inch of depth, which should be enough to engage the axles properly.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:43 PM   #7
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It's the male axle dust covers contacting the older style side retainers (sundials). Remove the covers from both your front axles and it will work.
Otherwise you could have used later model side retainers with the new seals to work with your axles as-is. But sounds like you are past that point already.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:09 AM   #8
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Yup, I pried the dust covers off last night and the front axles positively locked into the diff like they were supposed to. Now I just need to reassemble the rest of the car...
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