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Old 07-10-2006, 11:16 PM   #1
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Default rear crossmember swap questions:

I will be swapping my awd rear crossmember into my fwd 95L in a couple of days hopefully, if the weather is ok. I have a couple of questions since it seems I will have to do the entire swap at one time, and I don't know if I can do it in my short time off from work:
-can I just swap the gas tank and rear crossmember and keep the normal non awd rear hubs for now so I can put the diff and axles in later?
-are the lateral links in the same place on the awd and non awd rear crossmember


I could just put the awd rear hubs on at the same time as the gas tank and crossmember, but I would need a set of outer cv links without the rest of the axle, to keep water and debris out of the hub bearing.
-Or would it be ok to just install all awd components minus the 5speed transmission and driveshaft? Would it hurt to have the differential spinning freely being turned by the rear shafts? I asked that question before, but just want to be sure. Thanks for any help, as usual
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Old 07-11-2006, 01:00 PM   #2
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If you want to only install the gas tank & crossmember you will need to use the AWD lateral links. The FWD lateral links are a little different in their size. The location of their mounting should be the same.

Personally, I'd just mount up the entire rear suspension & drivetrain, and then hook up the trans & rear driveline when you get to it. As long as there is oil in the diff, there's no problem with it spinning, and being along for the ride.

I've got some pics from my swap if you're interested. There's pictures of the different crossmembers and such.

www.surrealmirage.com/subaru/swap

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Old 07-11-2006, 01:13 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help. The only thing I was wondering about if I actually put the rear diff in is if it would be making the whining sound like when you are in reverse, since it will be putting the wear on the opposite sides of the ring and pinion.
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Old 07-11-2006, 02:33 PM   #4
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The whining sound you hear in reverse is the reverse gear in the transmission since it is straight cut. The gears in the rear diff are helical, so you won't hear anything.

As for the wear thing on the opposite side.....that's not an issue.
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Old 07-11-2006, 04:30 PM   #5
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This is gooth... berry berry gooth.. Nothing to worry about then
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