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Old 11-10-2009, 03:58 AM   #26
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crap, now i wana FXT tranny
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:57 AM   #27
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Same here I'm gonna start calling around
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:28 AM   #28
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Yeah guys, I really didn't realize how much gears meant until I did this.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:24 PM   #29
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Good luck, guys...trying to find a FXT tranny that hasn't been trashed already's not an easy task.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:35 PM   #30
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Didn't a year or two of Outback XT come with the same transmission configuration?
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:19 PM   #31
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Nope.
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:03 AM   #32
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I have a 4.44 setup I need to get rid of if anyone wants...
The tranny is missing second gear, but you could either take the final drive gears out of the tranny and use them in yours or rebuild this one. The rear diff is fine
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:12 AM   #33
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The tranny is missing second gear
Like I said, trying to find a FXT tranny that hasn't been trashed will be hard. Also, the '04-'05 FXTs had better gearing than the later cars, for acceleration.
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:17 AM   #34
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Yes, the '06 - '08 got 4.10s, make sure the box is from an '04/5.

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Old 11-11-2009, 02:18 AM   #35
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I has 4.44 tranny already. I can say the ratio's make my old bugeye's look like slop.....
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:44 AM   #36
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Yes, the '06 - '08 got 4.10s, make sure the box is from an '04/5.

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No, the manuals are still 4.44FD - They just changed the gearing.
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Old 01-22-2015, 06:00 PM   #37
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Back from the dead bump with relevant information. This thread inspired me to do the swap, found a deal I couldn't refuse and I swapped a 2004 forester xt transmission and rear end into my bugeye this last week.

The 4.44 final drive fixed my car, off the line, daily driving, in traffic, drivetrain shudder is gone! All around it feels like there's more torque across the whole powerband. I used to have to rally up my friends long steep driveway, but now I can just peacefully make my way up the hill without worry of stalling.

Cruising in 5th @ 3000rpm with 235/45/17 is 67ish mph. The gearing just works with the car, the stock bugeye gearing really fights against you. Best mod I've done to the car period. Thanks OP!

The only issue I'm having is I threw a code P0101 for the neutral safety switch about 60-70ish miles later. I used the sensor off the forester. I think I need to use the one from my stock 5 speed.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:38 AM   #38
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Added info, the 4.44 isnt what to look at. Its the indivdual gearing in the trans. I run a ver5 sti 4.44 in my GC and my wife runs a JDM 4.11 wrx trans in her Forester. Her car runs at a higher rpm in 5th at the same speeds as my car in 5th.
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Old 07-07-2017, 03:37 PM   #39
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Default 02 usdm trans and rear diff swap to jdm wrx 4.44 trans and diff

Hello im new to the subie world and recently purchased an unmodded 02 wrx with a broken transmission. I've sourced a jdm wrx 4.44 trans and rear diff and curious if this is a bolt on swap for my application?
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Old 07-07-2017, 04:07 PM   #40
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Did the same swap in my 03 wagon. Would highly recommend! Best mod so far.. second to the Accessport. Love having peace of mind that everything is running as it should be. 🤣
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Old 07-07-2017, 05:38 PM   #41
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Did the same swap in my 03 wagon. Would highly recommend! Best mod so far.. second to the Accessport. Love having peace of mind that everything is running as it should be. 🤣
so everything was a direct swap then? im gonna get the cobb accessport once i get the car back up and running.
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:06 PM   #42
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All that was needed was the transmission and rear diff. Mounted up to oem front and rear axles and oem driveshaft. Mine was out of an sf5 Forester.
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Old 07-10-2017, 03:24 PM   #43
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All that was needed was the transmission and rear diff. Mounted up to oem front and rear axles and oem driveshaft. Mine was out of an sf5 Forester.
Excellent! cant wait to get this trans and diff on the car. Thanks for your input GroceryGetterL
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Old 10-25-2017, 11:16 AM   #44
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I was wondering what was the vin/serial number on the tranny you used? Iím doing the whole drivetrain swap myself but want to make sure I get the right one. Is it the JK-TY755VB5BA tranny?
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Old 06-16-2018, 09:25 AM   #45
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Old post, good info... And, I can also confirm that this is a fantastic mod to these 5MT WRX cars.

My 2003 WRX spun a bearing pretty bad, and the tranny was in need of a refresh anyhow (232K on the clock at the time). Soooo.... I went all in. I ordered a replacement EJ205, Tranny and rear end from Japan. It was a bit of an ordeal, but also a great experience and memory, since it was the first time I had ever done an engine swap. All said it went great.

With the new gearing, and the Stage 2 tune from COBB Access port, it really is a whole new experience to drive. As many have mentioned, the car feels so much more alive and ready to jump. The highway is a blast now. No need to even bother downshifting to make a normal pass really. BUT... if ya like... toss it in 3rd foot down and blow past anyone with a smile in place. I forget now what the math worked out to now, but I can tell you that one time I went for it and in 4th gear I was over 140MPH and still pulling when a set of 'warning lights' blew past me in the other direction! Lucky me the next turn around was a bit off, and my exit near. Who knows what 5th gear holds....

Basically this feels like you have a 6spd with a gear missing... And it's fantastic. You do toss out a bit of gas mileage, maybe a few MPG... but Mine still gets like 24 or so running 80 MPH on the hwy, I'm cool with that. Just make sure you don't have an exhaust that sucks, since the added RPM on the road can put you in drone hell too. I run 3in catless with a resonator and cannon muffler. Most of the time I leave the silencer in, as it cuts the noise levels down enough that talking on the phone and such is fine. Removing the silencer adds a tiny margin of power, but for daily drives... just not worth the trade to me.

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