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Hey all !

I recently bought a '99 Forester (yes I know its old but she is in amazing condition) and I want to use it as my daily driver, and weekend camping vehicle with my pup. When I purchased the vehicle I was told the shifter bushings are original and kind of worn in. I was looking to change them, but I thought of potentially just changing the whole assembly since these old manuals are sloppy, but have no idea where to start.

I am also looking to just install a new clutch while I'm down there since I have no idea how old it is as well or perhaps I will pay someone to do that part. It's still got life in it, but it feels kind of old. I don't plan to do any insane rock crawling or anything, but I want it to still be able to go off the beaten path, and be reliable.

What would you all recommend for something that will allow for daily drivability and light off-roading?

** Side question here. Are bushings and a new shifter easy enough for someone who has access to tools and a garage to do? I want to use this vehicle as my learning project as well, and I would like to be able to repair things if they break down on the road.
 

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Why not replace the shifter joint bushings with factory original parts? For the clutch disc, pressure plate and throw-out bearing you can buy a kit. It doesn't have to be factory. Look on RockAuto for a Clutch Kit. Plenty of videos on YouTube on what you will be facing when you replace the shifter joint bushings.
 
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Why not replace the shifter joint bushings with factory original parts? For the clutch disc, pressure plate and throw-out bearing you can buy a kit. It doesn't have to be factory. Look on RockAuto for a Clutch Kit. Plenty of videos on YouTube on what you will be facing when you replace the shifter joint bushings.
I totally forgot about RockAuto and have just been on that site for far too many hours, making a list of things haha. Thank you very much !!
 

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Shifter bushings are gonna be waaaay simpler than a clutch, yes you can do it right in your garage. I've done it without the car even jacked up but I definitely don't recommend that.. Watch some videos on it. You'll need a punch to get the pin out, that is by far the most frustrating / hardest part of it
 
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