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Old 08-19-2003, 12:52 AM   #1
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OK - while gas prices are high and my car is getting a REALLY low milage for some reason lately (i ran it on highways for 270 miles and its already on E after i filled it with 16 gallons of gas few days ago - which is less than ever) I was thinking about turning my car into a FWD for some time , The question I have is whats the good and bad things about it , and can it damage the engine or a transmission in the long run(since its been on AWD since the beggining) and if i will really get higher gas milage using that?
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Old 08-19-2003, 12:57 AM   #2
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I'm not sure but I wouldn't think it could damage engine. IF anything were to happen it would be the differentials that would go first. You might try posting this in the transmission section. You may get more help there. Also a search in the tranny section might help you out.
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Old 08-19-2003, 02:21 AM   #3
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If you have a 4EAT you can put a 15 amp fuse in the slot marked "FWD" or something like that. If you have a manual, you're out of luck.
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Old 08-19-2003, 08:44 AM   #4
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even with the fuse in the slushbox trick, I don't think it's good to run like thth for long. I think harmonics can damage the center diff since it's not meant to be the end of a rotating systme, if you get my drift.

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Old 08-19-2003, 07:17 PM   #5
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You can make it RWD...(yes it's possible!). I'll give more info if requested....
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Old 08-20-2003, 03:58 AM   #6
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If you can please give me the info of how i can change it 2 RWD
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Old 08-20-2003, 05:53 AM   #7
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It still won't help that much... if you really want to improve your mileage, get a Honda or Toyota.
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Old 08-20-2003, 08:26 AM   #8
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I'm just curious... how do you make it RWD?
Oh, and, 16 gallons? I didn't think the tank held that much.
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Old 08-20-2003, 10:52 AM   #9
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There was few threads in the "Subaru Conversions" forums about this conversion. I have been following up on it because it's pretty interesting and how much pwerformance it can give being RWD.

It's just a simple taking out the center diff and disassembling it and welding the parts together. A thread show's you how to do this. It is messy in a way too because of the fluid that you must take out.

Here are a few of those links, enjoy reading.
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...&highlight=rwd
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Old 08-20-2003, 06:01 PM   #10
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There was few threads in the "Subaru Conversions" forums about this conversion. I have been following up on it because it's pretty interesting and how much pwerformance it can give being RWD.

It's just a simple taking out the center diff and disassembling it and welding the parts together. A thread show's you how to do this. It is messy in a way too because of the fluid that you must take out.

Here are a few of those links, enjoy reading.
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...&highlight=rwd
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...&highlight=rwd
This will work (it's how the Cusco JGTC car does it) but unfortunately, it's not reversible. What's the point of a RWD Subaru come winter time?
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Old 08-20-2003, 09:39 PM   #11
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Converting the car over to anything besides awd for increased miles per gallon is a waste of time. If that is your concern go buy a 1993 tercel with 100k miles for 1200 dollars and drive that to work every day.
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Old 08-21-2003, 05:25 PM   #12
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IF ALL the Subaru center differentials on the 5 speed trannys are the same, picking one up shouldn't be a problem.

But then again, you'd probably would want a beater car for gas milage and save your Impreza for the fun driving.
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