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    Extra S gear oil questions

    Hey all, I wanted to post here to make sure this question gets viewed alot..... (sorry if its in wrong place).

    2011 wrx - want to get the subaru extra -s 75-90 gear oil in my trans/front diff and rear diff. ( for better shift feel and added protection)

    1.) what the heck is in there (diffs/trans) from factory?? I suppose a non synthetic 75-90 valvoline...... (someone told me that my car ALREADY comes with extra s from factory.... I doubt that.) Although Sti's have it, I think...

    2.) front diff and trans SHARE their respective gear oil?

    3.) the diffs and trans for WRX all use the same extra-s ?? (unlike Sti which uses a different oil for rear diff)

    4.) has anyone with 11 wrx done this upgrade? is it worth it?

    5.) I notice a spinning noise prior to gear engagement (while driving, not standstill)... could this be the normal sound of synchros spinning? I have KB bushings and S/S btw. Many have told me this is normal, especially with KB S/S and bushings..

    thank you for reading!

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    1) Yes, a non-synthetic comes from the factory

    2) Yes, front diff and trans share fluid

    3) Yes, same fluid for both

    4) I have changed to extra-s, is it worth it? It was due to be changed and the synthetic is a better product for not much more money, so for me it was worth it. Do I notice a difference? Not really so I wouldn't bother changing it until it's due, although other people say they feel a difference

    5) Probably normal, I notice all sorts of new noises with upgraded bushings. The more poly bushings you get, the louder everything seems

    Hope this helps.
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    front and rear should be different or at least people make different oils.

    Red Line Synthetic Oil

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    According to the manual, as long as its API Classification GL-5 you can use the same fluid for both. Not sure why there is different fluid offered from redline
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    do it soon, 3500 miles, metal shavings all over the magnetic plug.

    its normal but why let this crap stay in there for 30k??!






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