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Old 07-16-2008, 12:18 AM   #1
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Subaru Stars new to forum and the Legacy

Hey guys, completely new here to the forum and to subaru's in general. i had a '04 silverado that unfortunatly got wrecked and i picked up a '99 subaru SUS 30th anniversary that i'v been told is a 2.5L, but hopefully when i post pics people will be able to help. Currently, over the years i hope to upgrade rims, tires, motor, exhaust, tranny, etc. First thing i'd like to do is swap out the stock automatic tranny for a manual. has anyone done this, and if so, what trannys fit? I'v been told that subarus are like legos, you can swap parts between some models, etc. And after looking at the pics i'v realized that people have body kits, etc. for their cars, where do you guys find bumpers, sideskirts, etc. that fit. I noticed some were STI, i wasn't aware that you could interchange body parts between models. Any help you could give a kid totally clueless about this model of car would be GREATLY appreciated (as you can see i'm quite lost lol)

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Old 07-16-2008, 12:19 AM   #2
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oh, p.s. it's a four-door model, so it's the sedan, not the wagon
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:32 AM   #3
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SUS stands for Sport Utility Sedan, it's an Outback in sedan form.

If you want to do a transmission swap you can read about them in the conversions forum, there are many threads with all the information that you will need. It's not an easy job, your best bet is to find a wrecked 95 to 99 Legacy with an MT and use it as a donor.

Body kits and aftermarket parts are hard to find for the 95 to 99 Legacy. If you wanted side skirts your best bet is to get a set from the 96 to 99 Legacy GT, but they might look kind of funny with the Outback front and rear bumpers.
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:44 AM   #4
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ok, thanks for the info....as you can tell i'm new to this lol all the info i can get helps out a lot!
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:32 PM   #5
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Hi. I'm new. This is my 1st post.

I have a 99. But as soon as I get two more posts, I will go ahead and describe it there, instead of here. Good luck with your swap, as you are most likely going to need it, and some band aids for your knuckles. Not to discourage you, as I will be attempting it on my other car someday soon. (89 Turbo Grand Prix)
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:11 PM   #6
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yea i'm assuming it's going to be a pain in the a** lol. i mean, i'll give it a shot, it's going to take a while and a lot of work, but it'll be worth it in the end lol....and i never knew the sus was an outback sedan lol
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:23 PM   #7
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It wont be worth it. Waste of time and money. If you want a manual just buy one.
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:41 PM   #8
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Yeah, I mean I would just try to purchase a 5 speed Grand Prix, but they made 0 with the drivetrain I have. A car that came 5 spd I would certainly try to purchase. My Legacy is 5 spd and to be honest I don't think I would want one thats auto.

If you do swap just buy a donor with a bad engine or smashed up and park them side by side.
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:46 PM   #9
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ok, i mean, i know people say it's not worth it, but there's no way i'll be able to aford a new car with the money i'd get for this car, and i like teh AWD cuz i snowboard and can't stand front or rear wheel when going to the mountain (i came from a 04 sliverado so the 4x4 or AWD is a must)
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:47 PM   #10
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plus, i took about a $15,000 dollar hit when i wrecked the car, barely got back what i paid for it and all the work, and i live on my own and needed the money for my place lol, some things come first, so i'd like to work with what i have
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:31 AM   #11
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It wont be worth it. Waste of time and money. If you want a manual just buy one.
The Legacy SuS was only manufactured as a 4EAT automatic. Subaru never made a 5-speed manual SUS.

They did, later on, make something called the "Outback sedan" that did have the manual transmission, however this was for the heavier BH series, not the 95-99 BD series Legacy.

Basically you will need a clutch master, a new pedal cage, a fly wheel & clutch assembly, a 5-speed transmission, and a (driveshaft from a 5-speed) and if the transmission final drive ratio is different from your current rear differential final drive, you will also need to swap the rear diff as well.

Not rocket science, but a fair amount of work is involved.

You could on the other hand find a 5 speed manual Legacy and simply swap suspension pieces to make a Legacy sedan into a SUS like vehicle, or even better, you could purchase a Legacy Outback WAGON with a 5-speed.
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