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Old 01-12-2013, 07:32 PM   #72
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2011 WRX Limited 4dr


Originally Posted by Overland04 View Post
Depending on the type of ramps you have and their height you should be able to get away with the install. The tough part will be getting the heat shield out with only the front of the car off the ground. Best would be to ramp the front and use jack stands for the rear if possible.
Definitely possible without the rear but just a little harder.

That would be a nice thing to do with the loctite. I haven't had a problem with the bolt coming loose but with such a low torque setting it couldn't hurt. You can tell how tight to make the bolt by making it tight than backing out a full turn. If there is any slop, you can tighten little by little until it's gone. If you are too tight, you'll start to notice it getting stiff between first shifts so you can back off a bit. It wasn't an exact science since I didn't have a torque wrench that went down that low either.

Send me a PM if you run into issues during the install.

- Jason
Sad to say that I was defeated by the bushings today. I could not for the life of me get the heat shield off. I got 3 of the four bolts off, but the drivers side front bolt would not break loose. It was complicated by near impossible access--There was no room to get a socket on the bolt and I couldn't break it free with a small ratcheting box wrench. All open ended wrenches were too big and I just could not get an angle on it.

I chained 2 extensions together to get to the rear bushing bolts without removing the heat shield but I could only turn the passenger side bolt a tiny bit at a time and could not get to the drivers side at all without getting that last heat shield bolt off.

Jack stands on the rear would have helped as it was super cramped underneath with only ramps on the front wheels.

The shifter itself makes a nice difference--definitely shorter throws and I like the moderate reduction in height. This part was pretty simple.

I am going to have to wait until I can get down to a friend's who has access to a lift. I will probably do the bushings when I install a new TBE and go stage 2 in a couple of months. Removing the exhaust will certainly make removing the heat shield easier.

How did everyone get to those front heat shield bolts?
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