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Old 03-12-2018, 11:11 PM   #1
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Default Is wrx 5mt same as NA 5mt

Since I cant get my transmission out of gear Im wondering if a NA 5 speed will work. Id love to buy a 6 speed but theres no way I can at this time
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:26 PM   #2
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You would have to figure out if the NA 5mt is hydraulic, push, or pull style. If the slave pushes towards the firewall, it's a push type. If it pushes away, it's a pull type. Some NA 5MTs are cable driven.

It is possible to convert a push to pull.

And whatever transmission you install will need to have a matching rear diff or it will break.

The next best thing to a 6mt is a JDM 5MT. Mine has similar gearing to a 6MT and has a 4.44 FD which makes it super fun to drive. You can get a complete shipped low mileage JDM 5MT from lots of reputable sellers for about $1100 shipped w/rear diff (sometimes with axles). I bought mine from JDM Racing Motors.
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:39 PM   #3
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Yea wow screw that u could get a 6 speed for a little more. Id rather figure out how to get mine out of first gear
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:20 AM   #4
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Well, that's not true, unless you are referring to a 6MT that is junk.

A used, good 6MT, with rear diff & driveshaft is more like $3K+
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:38 AM   #5
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Default Is wrx 5mt same as NA 5mt

LGT 5speed is better than most JDM 5 speeds. only the JDM RAs had the thicker cogs. all 05-08 LGT 5 speeds have the thicker cogs and 08-14 wrxs have them too.

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Old 03-18-2018, 12:10 AM   #6
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Here is a link to what Tranny's came with push or pull clutches, and the gearing.


I think most of the NA transmission used thinner gears, as did the 02 and some of the 03 US wrx transmissions - early wrx uses the wrong clutch type for you anyway.

There is a conversion kit out there to convert a push to pull, but i think it only comes with the clutch kit it's designed for and is $$$

Assuming you have an ej engine, yes it'll work if the driveshaft, diff, and shifter setup are the same. Also, if you currently use male axles at the transmission, and you need female, that's another project (not sure if you need to split the case and pull the stubs, or change axles)

A NA is only good if you want to cruise around while your tranny is getting fixed, and you acquired it cheap. It'll probably break under power.

Did you happen to try rocking the car back and forth with someone pulling on the shifter when it was all together?

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