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EA81 auto to Manual (4spd or 5spd)


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#1 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 11:14 PM

I gotta swap this damn subaru from Automatic to Manual. I could do 4spd or since I have to swap anyhow, maybe I'll go 5spd.

I need to know what kinda snags out there i can avoid? Anything to beat or cut before I start?

The one thing that is bugging me right now is the peddle assembly, is it really that hard?

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 11:26 PM

You gonna install hill holder too?

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 11:27 PM

Naw, i can do without the HH. Just want gears and no torque converter.

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 08:28 PM

For swappin in a 4 speed:

THe pedal box is a bit of a pain if you have a computer and all that down there, but not hard at all if you dont.

Remember you've got to swap radius rod mounts from the manuual car too.

You will have to enlarge the hole through the floor for the shifter, the sheet metal bracket that holds the shifter boot works well as a template for this.

I read somewhere that you have to swap the drive shaft, but you dont.

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 09:03 PM

Unless you plan on welding in the two peice driveshaft, you will need to lengthen the one peice driveshaft. You might have to grind some off the bellhousing on the engine side to clear the flywheel. I suggest getting Jerry's (Bratsrus1) conversion kit, it makes the swap much easier.

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 09:46 PM

The tranny I think i will use will be a RX tranny. The CV's are taken care of, and from what Ive gathered the tranny bolts to the EA81. But I cant remember if the RX has a tranny crossmember or not.

The car has no O2 sensor, so I dont think it has an ECU. It might as its a '84.

I didnt know the Radius Rod mounts were different. Anyone have a picture of the 2?

I will have the 2 piece driveshaft as well, and will have to find a way to mount it. And the car will have a 3" lift so I think I can get around the hammering, but cutting im fine with :)

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 09:54 PM

The rx does have a tranny crossmember... and you probably don't have a computer:brow:

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 10:07 PM

Brian,

ShawnW put a RX trans into his 83 TWagon. He had to get the specific anti-sway bar too as not all ea81s were the same.

having the front axles made somewhere then? CVO or MWE?

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Posted 29 July 2005 - 05:11 AM

I didnt know the Radius Rod mounts were different. Anyone have a picture of the 2?


Havn't got a pic, but the only difference is in where the transmission crossmember bolts on.

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Posted 29 July 2005 - 08:11 PM

The EA81 has no transmission crossmember tho, do i need to add the one from the RX?

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Posted 29 July 2005 - 09:49 PM

The EA81 has no transmission crossmember tho, do i need to add the one from the RX?

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meaning it's missing? (ea81 tranny crossmember?)

Shawn used Jerry's kit which uses the stock ea81 tranny crossmember redrilled to fit the ea82 tranny mounts.

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Posted 30 July 2005 - 01:21 AM

I didnt think EA81's had a x-member for the tranny.

I Guess i was wrong. Been so long since Ive been under one.

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Posted 30 July 2005 - 01:30 AM

I didnt think EA81's had a x-member for the tranny.

I Guess i was wrong. Been so long since Ive been under one.

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:grin: it's where the bottom of the tranny mounts bolt into :grin:




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