Well I finally blew reverse tonite out wheeling after work. Starting to see the weakness of the EJ25D.. They dont make enough torq to turn 29" tires with the stock 4.11 gearing. I have having to sidestep the clutch @ 4500 RPMS to get moving tonite in 2-3 feet of hardpack snow. I noticed the other weekend reverse was getting noisy and tonite finally did it in. It got the point where I was stuck in reverse.
I'm not sure if I bent a shift fork, or my shift linkage enough that reverse wasnt fully engaging but it sure sounded like teeth missing on a gear to me.
I have a 05 Outback 5MT at the shop that has bad bearings in it and I have a set of new bearings sitting in my toolbox. I dont want to have to build the hybrid axles I did when I did the 05 to 01 5MT swap, so I figure I use my 4.11 front diff so I retain my external stub axles and then use the rest of the 05 tranny? I have the $ to order the 4.44 R&P for the front diff so I'm figuring I'd install that and a welded center diff while I have it apart.
I'm not familiar enough with the Phase 2 5MT so I figured I'd better check here before I get into a rats nest. I know theres a few guys on here that have built these trannys using other year/make/model parts so what direction do I need to go?