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Old 02-26-2012, 09:24 PM   #101
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WOW! talk about a thread hyjack. but i guess your a vender so you are aloud to do that.

Bars would be an option and a good one at that. but not cheep, that is why i did not go that way. i went with the races because they were much cheeper and i already had both R180 and R160 axles.

as for spline count, i have found that the R180 has 2 spline counts 30 and 32. and the R160 has 3 (so far) 21, 22, and 29. hard to say what years they were on, i think they used different manufactures at the same time. one guy had one side that had 22 and the other had 21. both were OEM.

And as it has already been said. this option is for those looking to use the 6 speed and R180, but on a limited budget, not able to opt for the brembo rear hub setup. if custom axles cost $800, mite as well just opt for the bigger brakes aslo.

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Old 02-26-2012, 11:58 PM   #102
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:01 PM   #103
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Dave, im very sorry and did not mean to jack the thread, if you have this stuff already ill just leave it alone.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:20 PM   #104
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Got my races in today! Test fitted one and like a few other people, it seems ill have to remove a bit of material so I can get my snap ring groove to show. Oh yea, invest in a gear puller, definitely helped remove the races when I first took the axles apart.



^Other than that, the kit included 2 races, 2 bags of grease, 2 boot large boot clamps, 2 small boot clamps, and instructions.

Thanks suberdave!
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:52 PM   #105
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On the inner cv boot. Do I use the sti boot or the wrx one? Finally getting around to installing this in a few weeks.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:59 PM   #106
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On the inner cv boot. Do I use the sti boot or the wrx one? Finally getting around to installing this in a few weeks.
I used the sti boot. It's a little oversize for the shaft, but it clamps down just fine.
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:28 AM   #107
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Bump for Dave! Had him build my hybrid axles for me last week, got the car (with 100% more R180) back on the road this last weekend! By far the most cost effective and easiest way to get an R180 in a WRX!
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:22 AM   #108
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I'm going to bump this too as I'm selling a 4.44 R180 and people seem to have no clue about the 'hybrid/missing link' axle set up.

Of course I have DSS axles in the back of my own car...it's a power thing
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:41 PM   #109
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has anyone confirmed specifically what application these are for? i see multiple folks ask and it goes unanswered or the information is refuted.

will these only work on 02-05 WRX axles?

the these axles that these races work with, do they function on other WRX MYs?

let's say a person with an 06 or 08 WRX, can they use an 02 WRX axle with this race or is the track width and/or stub hub end completely different and this is left to those with 02-05 WRX MY cars?
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:09 PM   #110
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Yes you just need the older half shafts...
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:39 PM   #111
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Yes you just need the older half shafts...
actually you can't do that. in speaking to suberdave, he confirmed that these won't work for the 08+ wrx crowd.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:08 PM   #112
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Does anyone here know if I would be able to do this same kind of thing only with 05/06 LGT axles and 04' WRX axles?
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:19 PM   #113
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PM'd with ordering questions.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:40 PM   #114
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pm me price shipped to 00736 please! I Just need this and the sti axles to complete rear diff swap!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:10 AM   #115
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For the guys that have used these custom races to make hybrid axles and have had them installed on their cars for a decent amount of time, are there any issues with imbalance/vibration that you've run into? I don't think I've come across anyone having a problem but I just wanted to make sure before going forward with doing it myself. Suberdave feel free to chime in as well as I'm sure you have the most experience/mileage on these out of anyone. Thanks.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:10 PM   #116
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the company that makes those races for him if very good at what they do. as long as the right grease is used there should be no issues at all.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:39 PM   #117
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Thanks for the reply, Driveshaft shop. That's pretty much what I thought. Just needed some extra peace of mind.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:56 PM   #118
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Anyone consider doing this the other way? I would like to use 5x114 rear hubs with R160 rear diff. I'm guessing different parts would need to be made.

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Old 02-23-2013, 12:28 AM   #119
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Jake, the rear bearing aren't much of an issue at...I'd just save your money.

Or, knowing you, it is for wheel selection.

If you and Mike are serious about making the switch, I'd call DSS.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:10 AM   #120
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The whole idea is to keep a rear bearing in my RS for more than a few months. My RS keeps eating them. I want to keep 5x100 but need a stronger bearing. Its probably just the rally stage that I live on.

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Old 02-23-2013, 10:14 AM   #121
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04 STi rears...shorten the axle though.
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But I want to keep the stock r160

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Old 02-25-2013, 04:23 PM   #123
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For the guys that have used these custom races to make hybrid axles and have had them installed on their cars for a decent amount of time, are there any issues with imbalance/vibration that you've run into? I don't think I've come across anyone having a problem but I just wanted to make sure before going forward with doing it myself. Suberdave feel free to chime in as well as I'm sure you have the most experience/mileage on these out of anyone. Thanks.
I'm at about 55,300 miles on these races; no problems yet. I noticed no vibration or other ill-effects, but my car already had a lot of NVH. I've done plenty of launches and flat-foot shifting, even broke a tooth off an R180 pinion, yet the races are still holding together.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:04 PM   #124
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I have had mine in for about 1 year and 20,000 miles in my Forester XT with no problems, vibration, or other issues.

Took forever to find some 02 WRX sedan rear axles though since the ones from my 08 FXT would not work. The ones I found had something like 170,000 miles on them, so I'm wondering how much longer the outer joint will last?
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:23 PM   #125
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Anyone know if these work on a Forester XT? I don't see any reason why not, right?

I'm looking at a 6 speed swap, but have coilovers, expensive 6/4 piston Wilwoods and 2 sets of wheels, so I don't want to wap hubs.

Thanks,
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