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Old 02-07-2012, 08:34 PM   #1
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I was having a whining noise coming from my transmission area so I took it to my mechanic and he said it was a throwout bearing but it was still making the noise rather i had the clutch in or out, so I decided to take it to a local clutch shop and they told me that it was definitely coming from the transmission rather then the clutch and believes it to be some kind of bearing in the transmission. he told me the best thing to do was to find a transmission at a local junkyard and just replace it but I'm looking to do some power upgrades soon so was thinking of upgrading to an sti 6 speed, but after talking to an employee at my local baxter auto parts that has the same year wrx as I he said instead of going the sti route that I should just buy an upgraded set of gears. I forgot what gears he said but I've been trying to find gear stuff online and I can't seem to find where they're sold, I've tried subymods.com, horsepowerfreaks.com, and just google searching but nothing comes up. any help would be great thanks!!!
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:51 PM   #2
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Oh i think he said an RA gearset but i'm not completely sure
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:01 PM   #3
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You have not read the sticky threads. Do so now. Protip: Transmission FAQ.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:54 PM   #4
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Any upgraded new gear set that's thicker than WRX/RA gears is going to be more expensive than a 6 speed swap currently. I've just done a lot of pricing options, and if I were you, I'd swap in a 6 speed. If you're ok with worse gas mileage at highway cruising, give JDM Racing Motors a call.
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:36 AM   #5
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so what exactly are RA gears? I've gone through the sticky and I can't seem to find anything saying what they are. I've also checked out the sections of who makes gear sets and they all seem to be from japan or australia, are there any producers in the us?
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:19 AM   #6
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Eh just do the 6 speed. no knock back from brakes and stronger than most 6 speeds
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:48 AM   #7
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so what exactly are RA gears? I've gone through the sticky and I can't seem to find anything saying what they are. I've also checked out the sections of who makes gear sets and they all seem to be from japan or australia, are there any producers in the us?
They are gears that came in older JDM STi's that are close ratio. Rallispec and IA Performance sell them. Their gears are as wide as 03-12 WRX's, so they would fail for lots of people just like the WRX 5-speeds. Do the 6 speed swap.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:57 AM   #8
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so i guess my next question is if the price is worth the 6 speed? I found one at a local junkyard for 1700 but that doesn't include everything else i need, I've heard everything usually runs around 4-5k where as the ra gears are around 2k. I plan on getting the cobb access port and aiming for around 400hp to the crank and I just want something that will be able to handle that
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:43 AM   #9
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You are receiving a lot of knucklehead advice here. Unplug the internet and call and talk to a transmission vendor like Andrewtech Automotive. Call. Talk. You do not want to spend $XXXX based off of knucklehead advice.
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You are receiving a lot of knucklehead advice here. Unplug the internet and call and talk to a transmission vendor like Andrewtech Automotive. Call. Talk. You do not want to spend $XXXX based off of knucklehead advice.
Fair point to talk to someone in person, but from me talking to people in person, it seems new PPGs or a similar gearset is quite expensive currently.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:57 PM   #11
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It would slighty b the same to get a 6speed get the one from the lgt 6 sp u can keep ur axles/hubs and there pretty tough also but hard to find
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:00 AM   #12
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The ra gears r 2gs but its still gunna cost 4-5 in total to build/ upgrade it.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:44 PM   #13
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Why does no one just build a stronger 1st gear synchro? I am pricing out a 6 speed for my 02 wrx sedan because I can no longer stand having to be at a complete stop nearly to get into 1st from 2nd. Bizarre.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:09 PM   #14
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Why are you pricing out a 6 speed when 1 quart of Redline Lightweight Shockproof will allow you to downshift into first at 100MPH or clutch in at that speed, go to neutral and return to first gear. Research....it's what's for breakfast and clearly you have done none. Maintenance FAQ is the post you want to read. Please remit the 1000's in savings to me.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:33 PM   #15
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I have used the Redline shockproof, as well as some of the majical mixed concoctions that float around in some of the responses to the Maintenance FAQ. I still have gone through 2 synchros. They work for a few months...then grinding ensues again. I was merely making a rhetorical observation. Sheesh.
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