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 Post subject: Short shifters for 1992 JDM Subaru Legacy GT wagon?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:23 am 
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Hey guys, yes I've looked on other threads for this answer, but I cant seem to find anyone with a 1st gen. Legacy GT. I'm looking for a short shifter for my car. People have said to get the stock WRX or STi shifter, but I got an after market shifter that should fit an 04 WRX and the knuckle was too small. Anybody have any advice?

EDIT: 1st gen Legacy GT

EDIT 2: Found this shifter that I think will work, but the hole that connects the shifter to the rod leading to the transmission looks way too big for the bolt that's on the stock shifter.
http://www.jayracing.com/index.php?main ... 3WEALw_wcB

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 Post subject: Re: Short shifters for 1992 JDM Subaru Legacy GT wagon?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:46 am 
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Won't fit. The only thing that's going to work without changing parts, is a short shifter that is listed for a pre-1995 or pre 1996-impreza. If it's listed for 1993/4/5/6-2001, the company doesn't know what they are talking about, and it won't fit.

I did it the hard way, and changed out the shift knuckle to the new style, and put in a new style shift linkage. And added a kartboy short shift and their hardened bushings. No comparison in shift quality, the new parts are *significantly* better, and I attribute much of that to the new knuckle and hardened bushings.

Knuckle:
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Shift linkage comparison. I grabbed a new style linkage from a junkyard car. Should be findable on a 97+ impreza or 2nd gen or newer legacy:
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and kartboy bushings. This setup will work with pretty much all the 2nd gen impreza short shifters you can find.

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 Post subject: Re: Short shifters for 1992 JDM Subaru Legacy GT wagon?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:11 pm 
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Or just take the stock shifter rod out and cut the welded on bracket off and move it up about 20mm like I did lol might not be the"correct" way but I'm cheap and it worked

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:19 pm 
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Bruh. Those look like my pictures. Lol get yourself a newer shift linkage and swap it out like Mike says. I did this as well. Used a kartboy Wrx shortshifter that fit the new linkage. All new bushings including that joint coupler part above. Feels awesome.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:51 am 
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Yeah the best option is the track down a complete linkage for a newer model that is compatible with the commonly available short shifters. Plus get a new u-joint/knuckle or at least replace the bushings. 06-07 impreza/wrx would be ideal because the u-joint comes apart and TIC makes bushings for it.

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 Post subject: Re: Short shifters for 1992 JDM Subaru Legacy GT wagon?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:14 am 
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So any year model with that style setup should work for the car?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:13 am 
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Yes, 2nd and 3rd gen legacy, 2nd gen Impreza models.

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 Post subject: Re: Short shifters for 1992 JDM Subaru Legacy GT wagon?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:29 pm 
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mike-tracy wrote:
Yes, 2nd and 3rd gen legacy, 2nd gen Impreza models.

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