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    Welding C-Clip on Center Dif wrx 2002

    Is this a good idea? Ive been searching a little and found one person that welded the c-clip in place but had no updates.

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    My Center diff gave out after the act stage 3 clutch was installed for a couple of weeks. I found a replacement diff but before i install it i was wondering if it would be a good idea to weld the c-clip?

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    Why are you thinking of doing that?

    Also, what are your other mods, and why are you using a stage 3 clutch setup?

    To clarify, I'm not trying to be a **** or anything, just making sure we have all of the right information to maked an informed recommendation.
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    What exactly have you done to the transmission already?
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    I bought the wrx from a person who had just installed a new act clutch before he sold it to me. After taking ownership I drove the car around for about two weeks with no issues. Casual driving not hard on the transmission at all. Then i start hearing a clunk from the transmission and after removing the rear cover I find the c-clip popped off the center diff. Searching for reasons as to why this happen I find more and more people having the same problem. So I was just wondering if anyone else has welded the clip with no issues. Oh and I have ordered a stock clutch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkroom1428 View Post
    I bought the wrx from a person who had just installed a new act clutch before he sold it to me. After taking ownership I drove the car around for about two weeks with no issues. Casual driving not hard on the transmission at all. Then i start hearing a clunk from the transmission and after removing the rear cover I find the c-clip popped off the center diff. Searching for reasons as to why this happen I find more and more people having the same problem. So I was just wondering if anyone else has welded the clip with no issues. Oh and I have ordered a stock clutch.
    I don't see how any c-clip would have popped off the center diff under normal driving. Which axle fell off?
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    No axle fell off. i checked each wheel and their is no play on the cv shafts. Tires are all the same size and aired to 35 psi. I've driven only on payment. As i was pulling on to a busy street soon after shifting to 2nd i hear my first clunk. So i was thinking the aggressive clutch helped in popping the c-clip out. if no one else has had any issues with the c-clip I'll just swap this used one in and wait for my stock clutch to come in.

    Thanks for the replies. After searching for the same issue for days, seeing other people having the center diff give out, you would understand my concern on the c-clip and not wanting to have replace it soon.
    This is the site that gave me the idea that some people were doing this
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    Perhaps you and I are thinking of something different. When I think of a c-clip, I'm thinking of the fastener that holds each axle into the boot of the differential. When I asked which axle, I meant which c-clip fell off? The input shaft or the front/rear c-clip? My guess is you're referring to the input shaft directly from the transmission.
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