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Old 05-05-2006, 08:00 PM   #1
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Unhappy '98 Legacy GT wagon 5spd

My sic Legacy swap has been halted because I can't find a driveshaft w/o having to make a custom one. I have tried posting in the wanted forum but have had no luck since this is a specialty item. I am looking for a complete front and rear driveshaft assembly for a '98 Legacy GT wagon w/5speed trans. If anyone knows anything else that will fit, please post. I have checked the yards and most only have Legacy outback which is listed not compatible. I should be approx. 61.5" in total length after the splined input shaft.

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Old 05-06-2006, 12:41 AM   #2
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I just reread your post, and I'm a moron. I think Sybir covered it pretty well below...

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Old 05-06-2006, 01:42 AM   #3
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If it's the driveshaft, there's absolutely no difference. The tranny and rear-end mounting points are comptible.

Try www.4subarusuzukikiaparts.com
Tell them Aaron from S2 referred you and you need something compatible with a 95-98 5 speed. Sedan and wagon are identical.
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Old 05-06-2006, 03:15 AM   #4
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sybir: Thanks!! I will check them out in the AM and hope for the best. Everyone at the yards and salvage searches has told me that they list Subaru Outback and SUS as the same, but Legacy 2.5 wagon 5 spd was different, only the same for 97/98 Legacy, non-Outback/SUS? The shop doing the swap had an Outback shaft lined up but it measured too short.
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:34 AM   #5
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An auto driveshaft will be about 3 inches too short, IIRC. A 5-speed driveshaft should be the same across the cars. Regardless, they should be able to get you a driveshaft from a 97 or 98 if you need it.
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Old 05-06-2006, 12:01 PM   #6
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Unless we got the driveshafts mixed up somehow (with an impreza?), we tried the original 2.5 auto shaft and it was about 5 inches too short total. I can't remember which was which but somethig like 2 inches rear shaft, 3 inches front shaft? Keep in mind we also swapped out the original rear diff to the newer FXT 5spd LSD rear.
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Old 05-07-2006, 09:44 PM   #7
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Keep in mind we also swapped out the original rear diff to the newer FXT 5spd LSD rear.
Well that might make a big difference there. It's quite possible the diff housing is shorter than the stock one. Did you measure the stock diff housing and compare it to this one?

If this one is shorter, you will either have to make a driveshaft, or swap the internals of the diffs.
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Old 05-08-2006, 01:42 PM   #8
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sybir: I spoke with Tony @ www.4subarusuzukikiaparts.com, he confirmed that the '97-98 5 spd Legacy GT is a unique driveshaft, not compatible with much else, especially the Outback. The have different p/n's and he doesn't have one, but is searching for me. Anywhere else?
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Old 05-08-2006, 01:44 PM   #9
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Forgot to add: I checked on the new FXT rear and it is the same as the Legacy GT's. So a 5spd should bolt right in, if I can find one........................
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I wonder what seperates it from the rest of the cars then. Why would it be unique?
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Old 05-09-2006, 11:21 PM   #11
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Not sure what the difference is but even the local Subaru dealer said it is a unique shaft and unfortunately they no longer offer replacements. I believe i found one in the mid-west. Hopefully the car should be tearing up the road this weekend if all goes well.
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Old 05-10-2006, 12:54 AM   #12
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The Legacy GT Wagon is a rare vehicle. And it's probably the longest vehicle Subaru has ever made. Meaning kingpumba would need a driveshaft from one of those cars... hope everything works out for ya.
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Old 05-10-2006, 01:14 AM   #13
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I wouldn't exactly say its rare??? I had no trouble finding them when I bought it back in NY 2 1/2 years ago. At the time, most of the ones I saw there where 5 spds and the one I liked happened to be an auto. Once its done, I'll try to post some pics. It's been in the shop for the last 2 months undergoing the full FXT drivetrain swap and performance upgrades, obviously modifying manny of the turbo piping to clear the chassis. It will definately be unique and I am hoping for 400HP to the crank on stock internals.

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