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Propshaft for Forester ('09) MT - places to buy them?

Looking for places to buy them, or find them used. Located in Toronto Canada

Another question is for 2009 manual transmission I am coming up with two lengths for the prop/drive shaft:
63.25" and 62.50"

And can't figure out which is the right one?

Some of the places I've found:
CanadianTire can order a "Subaru" shaft for $625, or a Dorman for $528
Subaru dealer sells them for $930 ( which is why I've quoted the Subaru one from Canadian Tire)
Nappa Canada has a Dorman for $891.69 or their own CV line for $689.19


Story behind this: Dealership is telling me the prop shaft needs replacing. I'm not hearing what others seem to talk about on youtube or other places ( no bucking or other ) -- just a wheel bearing going sort of sound, so I suppose it could be the centre support.

Dealership did also check the wheels, and replaced the two rear hubs as those bearings were going (and it did make some difference to the noise). I had them hold off on repairing the prop shaft as they want $1300 + tax CDN to do it.

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The Genuine Subaru online price for your drive shaft where I am in the US, is a MSRP of $635.96 USD

According to my Subaru Factory Service Manual, the driveshaft is not seen as rebuildable. Not unlike Audi, for example. The principle test(s) according to the manual for a worn out driveshaft is excessive play in the universal joints and center bearing, rather than noise. The radial runout of the driveshaft wear limit, as installed in the vehicle, at the center of the shaft is 0.6 mm (0.024") with a dial indicator gauge. I understand this measurement to be taken between the center bearing and the rear differential.

The Subaru Part number listed for all years ,2009-2013, with a manual trans is: 27111SC031

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Thanks, $635.96 USD is around $853 CDN which is close to the $930 the dealership wants.

For parts, I see both the 27111SC031 and 27111SC030 for Manual Transmission (Auto looks like it's 27111SC021), and maybe this is where the different lengths come in of 62-1/2" vs 63.25" but it's confusing which is which. There is a note about fit which reads "Measurement is taken from end of flange face to end of input shaft"

I think the 63.25" is the correct length ?

I searched for it on parts.subaru.com and I get this:
Part Number: 27111SC031
Supersession(s): 27111SC030

But they don't list the length as far as I can see.
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The length does not matter as there is only one listed part for a manual transmission. While I find it odd how they say it, the part you want is 27111SC031.

Aft of the center bearing the shaft is the same length for both manual and automatic transmissions. Forward of the center bearing the the manual is longer. Overall length for the manual transmission according to my Subaru Factory Service Manual is: 735.5 mm (front) + 698mm (rear) = 1,433.5 mm
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The length does not matter as there is only one listed part for a manual transmission. While I find it odd how they say it, the part you want is 27111SC031.
The length issue is coming from the aftermarket not Subaru OEM. I'll call around to other dealerships, but one wants $940.88 for the part which seems like multiple hundreds more than what others have paid for a replacement.

Considering the life of my Subaru, it probably doesn't need a brand new prop shaft.

Online sourcing is causing me issues, and as a newb to DYI repair, I don't know what other resources to check (Going to call another non-Subaru Mechanic a friend has had good experiences with).
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Length should be an issue only if the part is incorrectly marked and the aftermarket supplier does not know there is length difference between an automatic and manual transmission. It is a good idea to check, when in doubt. And you have your original driveshaft to compare with.

Subaru offers their Service Manuals online in a year specific format, as I have learned. The driveshafts are the same for all model years for our SH Foresters. Please see the attached.
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