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Old 10-19-2013, 10:36 AM   #51
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The later 6 speeds are way easier to do vs. the early six speeds where the cover needs to be unscrewed. I cant emphasize enough that you need to determine which type of transmission you have and whether you need to unscrew this plate before you attempt to tackle this job.

I've done some searching but can't seem to find out transmissions which require removal of plate and which don't.

I have an early 2004 USDM 6 speed
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:25 PM   #52
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I've done some searching but can't seem to find out transmissions which require removal of plate and which don't. I have an early 2004 USDM 6 speed
My STi was built in sept 2003 and it doesn't have the stubs so I would guess we likely have the same trans. I with that being said I only replaced the actual seal because it was the part that was leaking. Didn't have to remove the plate.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:41 PM   #53
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Hey, thank you for the quick reply.

My 2004 6MT was built in 03 (3 as the third to last digit on trans sticker) and I swapped it into my wrx years ago. If yours is an early 04 build also, then it should have had stubs and a pinned female to male axle, at least according to this:http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...49&postcount=5. I'm confused if yours is different.

It has been a long time since my swap but I really didn't think I had seen stubs....so I crawled under car and sure enough I can see the pins! I suspect when I bought the swap, they had removed the axles and stubs and kept them together, and then I installed as one piece and didn't realize I was putting stubs + axles in, if that's possible.

I ordered the older style 30mm axle seals and am going to attempt to swap the seals without removing the sundials.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:03 PM   #54
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I have a early 2004 6mt.

It had the stubs-must remove sundials to change the seal, they are on the inside.

I swapped in the newer style sundials as I was using male axles.
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:39 PM   #55
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I have a early 2004 6mt.

It had the stubs-must remove sundials to change the seal, they are on the inside.

I swapped in the newer style sundials as I was using male axles.
Did the newer style sundials ( assume pn 38342AA161 ) have the externally removable seal? I just ordered a *161 plate and was curious.

From what I've been able to gather the late model plates/'dials place the seal further toward the wheel, translates to more of the seal resting on the driveshaft stub.
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Old 10-13-2014, 12:44 AM   #56
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Exactly what I was looking for. I was stressing out because my axle is leaking, and this eased my mind. I bought my car after it suffered some cosmetic damage in the front end, and I'm guessing it jostled the axle enough to break the seal. The rest of the suspension is rather sound. Thanks for the write up!
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