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I'm having trouble finding a list of compatible transmissions for my 98 fozzy. I'm having some problems with mine and would love to replace it with a lower milage one.

what I know:

A 99-2001 2.5rs 5 speed will fit
A 98-05 NA forester 5 speed will fit
A 97-99 Legacy GT 5 speed will work
I will have to swap out the speed sensor since it's a 98

So what about a 2006 Legacy 5 speed? will it work? It would be nice to go with something modern with less miles.

What other options do I have? bugeye 5 speed?

thanks in advance for the help
 

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Your 98 PROBABLY has a Phase 1 transmission, while Phase 2 gearboxes started being used in 1999. I know it would make a difference in terms of the centre diff, but I don't know whether the casing would be any different.

Sorry I can't be more help.
 

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Your 98 PROBABLY has a Phase 1 transmission, while Phase 2 gearboxes started being used in 1999. I know it would make a difference in terms of the centre diff, but I don't know whether the casing would be any different.

Sorry I can't be more help.
I believe I remember reading that the casing is not an issue. The main thing I have to worry about is the final ratio


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So a little update: I wound up rebuilding my transmission. first time ever being inside one. Luckily it wasn't too bad. One issue though is after I sealed it all back up I realized left the adjusting washer (#34 in the rear end diagram) out of it. How big of an issue is that?
 

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If you are talking about the thrust washer. Leaving it out will cause premature and excesive wear. Put it in. It's worth the trouble. Good luck.
 

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If you are talking about the thrust washer. Leaving it out will cause premature and excesive wear. Put it in. It's worth the trouble. Good luck.
i was affraid that would be the answer, I will just re-seal it with fresh rtv
 
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