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#1 superman1490

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Posted 27 April 2004 - 10:07 PM

I've got a 1989 Subaru GL Wagon AWD Turbo Model. The automatic (Fulltime AWD) transmission went out . Does anyone out there know of any problems I may run into if I try to convert it to a manual? Thanks - Jeff

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Posted 27 April 2004 - 10:20 PM

NOpe.. nmo problems as long as you have all the parts. I did it last year with the 3AT in my TurboWagon. Its easiest if you have a complete donor car, but its not necessary

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Posted 27 April 2004 - 10:26 PM

you'll need at least:

pedal box
clutch + flywheel
driveline (different length for manual)
rear differential (unless your going to an RX style box)
shift linkage
interior consoles

I probably missed a thing or two.....

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Posted 28 April 2004 - 04:14 PM

Thanks for the tips guys. Now I know what to look for. Do you know if the hole is already cut for the clutch pedal?

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Posted 28 April 2004 - 04:20 PM

You need to remove the whole pedal box and put one in from a 5 speed car.. yes there is a hole for the clutch cable.

In addition to GDs list, you will need the tranny cross member

your rear diff is a 3.70.. there are 3 different 5 speed manuals that will also have the 3.70 ratio.. they are all out of turbo cars.. basically if you get a 5 speed from a turbo car, you are good to go.. if you get one from an NA car, you will need the natching rear diff.

Most of the process will become obvious as you start to take stuff apart.

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Posted 28 April 2004 - 04:22 PM

Awesome. Ok, one more question. Do you have any sources that you use to get parts like those. I'm going to search the local junk yards but if you have a better idea I'd love to hear it.

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Posted 28 April 2004 - 04:25 PM

This time, when I swapped the tranny in my car a couple weeks ago, I had the complete donor car to pull parts from .. thats the best way.. otherwise, junkyards and board members are the way to go..

When i first did my conversion last june, I did it without the donor car.. only piece I got from the junkyard was the interior console piece.. got the rest of the parts form various board members.

Just noticed you are in Oregon.. washington and oregon are soob central.. there will be no shortage of parts.. chances are, someone on the board between portland and seattle will have most of the stuff you need.. if not, there are a milion soobs in the yards there.. although my experience with prices in oregon yards has never been that great.. might be worth the drive to the Tacoma pull a part

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Posted 28 April 2004 - 04:31 PM

Alright, I think I'm gonna go hit the junkyards in town. Thanks for the tips man.




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