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'97 into a '98 OBW 5mt trans swap?

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#1 dave833


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Posted 03 June 2009 - 03:39 PM

Just want someone to back me up here before I pull it. I'm planning to pull a 5mt with hydraulic clutch from a '97 Outback wagon to put into a '98 Outback wagon, also with 5mt and hydraulic clutch. According to the handy dandy tranny interchange chart I found here, the gearing is identical. The number on the trannys is identical except for one letter. The wrecking yards, however, say that only a '98 5mt tranny will fit in a '98. I can't think of any reason the '97 wouldn't work-- can anyone verify yes or no?

#2 idosubaru


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Posted 03 June 2009 - 03:47 PM

it will work. 98 had a minor bellhousing change that's why they say that, but the swap will go fine as planned for you. and the gearing should be identical too, sounds like you're all covered.

#3 dave833


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Posted 07 June 2009 - 01:55 AM

Thanks grossgary-- it dropped in perfectly and I'll be darned if I could tell what the difference between the '97 and '98 tranny was. It must be VERY minor!

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