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Old 01-24-2021, 09:59 PM   #1
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So I have a 2008 subaru wrx and I've recently swapped over a 2010 sti drivetrain, transmission, diff, axles, driveshaft, hubs, brakes everything. Except I still have my 2008 wrx steering rack and the 2008 wrx tie rod ends. But when i went to put everything back on after I replaced the bushings on the steering rack, the tie rod ends would barely go onto the steering rack ends, I double checked to make sure the steering rack was centered but still only screwed on a couple of threads, and I definitely don't feel safe driving it like that lol. So my question is, are the sti hubs that much wider? I unfortunately tossed my wrx hubs so can't compare them. Or maybe the sti's have longer steering racks? Any tips to help me would be greatly appreciated
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The only differences with steering rack widths are with RS and wagons which are narrower. I know this as I put a STI rack in my 04 wagon and had to use RS tie rods due to the width differential. And its not the rack per se, its the length of the outer tie rods which are swappable. WRX/STI tie rods are same/long and RS/wagon tie rods are same/short.

Perhaps its one of those things where until everything is bolted up how it should be, it doesn't look kosher. Your WRX rack/tie rods should be the longest configuration.

If you wanna check my brain, which is old, you could have your Subaru parts guy order a STI and WRX and RS tie rods and line them up with the one from your car. My parts guy is cool like that.
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Old 01-26-2021, 06:19 PM   #3
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2008 WRX inner tie rod:
Alternate/OEM Part Number(s): 34160AE000, 34160AE001

2010 WRX STI inner tie rod:
Alternate/OEM Part Number(s): 34137AG010, 34160XA000

if you mess around with RockAuto.com....they show pix of the parts as well

think that is the issue
unk if the 2010 inr ties will mount into the 2008 rack
pictures on website look promising thou!
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Old 01-26-2021, 06:37 PM   #4
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The only differences with steering rack widths are with RS and wagons which are narrower. I know this as I put a STI rack in my 04 wagon and had to use RS tie rods due to the width differential. And its not the rack per se, its the length of the outer tie rods which are swappable. WRX/STI tie rods are same/long and RS/wagon tie rods are same/short.

Perhaps its one of those things where until everything is bolted up how it should be, it doesn't look kosher. Your WRX rack/tie rods should be the longest configuration.

If you wanna check my brain, which is old, you could have your Subaru parts guy order a STI and WRX and RS tie rods and line them up with the one from your car. My parts guy is cool like that.
Clarification.

Up to '07 there were two length ITRs (Wagon/CG, and GD sedan)

From the '08 (widebodies) onward racks are the same width, but use an even longer inner tie rod (hence people cutting them shorter to install the '15 STi rack into a GD sedan)

I believe outer tie rods are the same throughout the generations unless something has changed in the 2018+ gen

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Old 02-04-2021, 07:41 PM   #5
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Clarification.

Up to '07 there were two length ITRs (Wagon/CG, and GD sedan)

From the '08 (widebodies) onward racks are the same width, but use an even longer inner tie rod (hence people cutting them shorter to install the '15 STi rack into a GD sedan)

I believe outer tie rods are the same throughout the generations unless something has changed in the 2018+ gen
You said widebodys, my car is a narrow body and has the narrow body steering column, is the narrow body anything steering wise any shorter then the wide body steering stuff or do the wide bodys share the same steering stuff with the narrow body
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https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2787255 is my install and it and/or the links may lead you down a good path. Or confuse you more!
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