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Old 10-16-2010, 10:33 PM   #1
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Default 95' Legacy Wagon L 2.2 to 02' WRX tranny swap questions!

What's up everyone!

so I own a 1995 Legacy L Wagon, I bought from a buddy a few weeks ago. Before he bought it, It sat for a couple years. He got the car running fairly decently except for a couple transmission problems. First and foremost out of first gear clutch chatter is ridiculous. Almost like driving a 240 with a 6 puck and welded diff type chatter.

Anyways since i've gained possession of the car its been running great but the tranny is now giving more problems then it did him. besides the clutch chatter. It pops out of third on deceleration pops out of fourth on acceleration and pops out of 5th on deceleration at freeway speeds. So its pretty plain as day that Im in need a new transmission.

So today i'm browsing craigslist and stumble upon a guy parting out a 2002 WRX. So I email him about his transmission. He has it, but the bearing before it goes into the center diff needs replacing (which bearing is this?).That didn't hold me back from speaking to him further. So he has the tranny. I'm told I also need his axles,rear and center diff, and guess what?! he has those too! He also has the fork, pin that holds it and the clutch cage. So with all that said haha my questions ARE!.

questions:

1 Will this stuff be compatible with my legacy? if NOT what will I need to do to run this on my legacy?

2 As far as axles and splines I have a feeling that they're different in diameter so will I maybe be able to pull my axles apart and frankenstein the two?

Which clutch should I run? WRX or Legacy?
From my understanding the WRX tranny is set up for a pull type and the legacy is set up for a push type. but like I said earlier. He has the fork and the pin that holds it.


and that concludes the questions..

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-16-2010, 11:29 PM   #2
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you could use the wrx but there are better options

i suspect the 95 is still a cable clutch you would have to do the hydro conversion
wrx transmissions are usually beat to hell
you would need the rear diff and axles
there are other junk yard options that wouldn't have to deal with either of these problems
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Yeah, well the guy I'm getting the stuf from also has the rear diff and axles. Everything
is gonna cost me $350. That's why I ask. Cause used legacy trannys are around $750. If you know of any other options I'd def look into it so I DON'T have to go through the trouble of doing all this...

But as of now this seems to be my best option. On the other hand the tranny has 75k on it with brand new clutch.
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Old 10-17-2010, 12:35 PM   #4
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Keep looking for a NA tranny.
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Have any thoughts as to what tranny will swap right in without all the extra work
besides the Legacy tranny? I've been finding a lot of trannys at junkyards. A lot from NA subies BUT none have them have been Legacys'. All of them have been Imprezas or older subies. Since none of them are 2.2 wouldnt I still need to swap axles and all that jazz?

please HELP! lol
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gotta get this fixed before the wife hits me with the "you picked up another PROJECT??!?!" lol
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Old 10-17-2010, 05:25 PM   #7
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Just buy a non turbo transmission and bolt it in. It's a huge waste of time and money to put a beat to hell wrx transmission in an old legacy. Yours should have a 3.9 final drive. Just match that and everything else is a bolt in. If you pay more than $200 for a transmission you paid too much.

Here's a chart to help you.

http://spda-online.ca/modules/tinyco...ite/tc_28.html
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Thank you!
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Ok so say I find a tranny that's the same ratio (3.90) but it's
Out of a impreza or something else. Would i still need to swap axles?
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Ok so say I find a tranny that's the same ratio (3.90) but it's
Out of a impreza or something else. Would i still need to swap axles?
No. Unless it's 04+ and has male axles. Just buy an older one, cheaper and they hardly ever go bad. Buy one from a wrecked car, at least you know it was driving at the time it wrecked.
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thaanks man. that guide helped out a lot!
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i'm guessing the 96 legacy outback (4.11) would be the same story as the 02 wrx tranny. I found on in the junk yard with EVERYTHING i need for the swap and they have a a 1/2 day coming up in about week.

Now with that guide you linked above it says the 96 outback legacy is a push type clutch. Would that make it less of a pain in the ass to do the swap?

I'm honestly just trying to exhaust my options. I haven't found a tranny (3.90) anywhere near me and when there are. Tranny shops are charging $750+. Kind of out pocket for me.
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96 Outback trans is fine. Just get the matching rear diff from the same car. That's all you need. Stick with push clutch. There is no point in swapping to pull in an old legacy.
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So all I would need for that swap is the tranny and diff, correct?

the Axles on my L are fine?

thanks again man. You might have saved me a **** ton of money. lol
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the cool thing is that the tranny at the junkyard had a pretty new excedy clutch..

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All the axles are the same on the older subarus. All you need is the trans and the matching diff from the outback.
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THANKS! heading to the junkyard tomorrow!
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