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    Rebuilding A Bugeye Trans Ehhhhh? Look here first!!!

    My original thoughts were that this rebuild would have been around the 3k mark. Boy was I wrong, but if you can fix it for around the same price as making it better why not go for it right?

    Here's what knowledge I have so far

    What Happened to my 02 Wrx.

    I purchased my bugeye summer of 2012. Like most people say I imediatly replaced the up-pipe for fear of the Cat breaking up and shooting into the turbo housing. After having finished my up-pipe install I drove the car normally. It was smoking quite a bite at first as all the de-greaser and PB blaster was burning off the exhaust parts. This did not phase me of course. After stopping in at a hard wear store to purchase a plug for the EGT sensor I jump right on the high way to go to buddys house. The car REALLY starts to smoke now!! I expected as such, seeing as how the car was really getting warm now. A little after I pick up my friend the car breaks.

    Comming out of first leaving a stop light, I shift to second, The car slamms to a halt. All the tires lock up. My first thought was it was the diffs, They locked up and were causing the car to not move. Boy was I wrong....

    Apparently the trans was stuck in between 1-2 gear because when I was driving on the high way all the trans. fluid leaked out, this the reason for the HIGH smoke volume.

    Project Transmission rebuild it now underway.

    What I Ordered



    The prices listed on the left side, thats what the consumer pays, the middle is what the dealer pays, and the far right is total (dealer) with the quantities total.

    This is everything that was JUST for the rebuild, I went a little over that. Getting my own gear set and synchros along with a new clutch and fly

    RalliSpec - Gearbox Parts (GEAR SET)
    I purchased the STI gears along with the 02 Install kit.



    Kronos Performance Subaru and Mitsubishi Performance Parts Specialists (CLUTCH AND FLY)
    Stage 2 and Lightweight Fly



    Subaru WRX Synchro Set (SYNCHRO SET)
    Synchro set for my year car




    So far I have order the majority of the parts, still need a synchro set listed abouve and the bearings for the internals.

    The bearings and other small things Im having the Rebuild shop take care of. I do not want to get the wrong thing and be charge some crazy 30% restocking fee plus shipping.

    This is what I have so far, Like I said I chose to go a bit above and beyond what I had to fix the issue, you may not want to/need too.

    Total cost WITH labor

    The gear set was around 1,615.00
    Synchros 400.00
    Clutch and Fly 700.00
    Misc parts 500.00-ish
    Labor 1,100

    My total comes out to around 4,300 Bucks, keep in mind this is a huge upgrade from to stock trans of the 02 year model. Also know that I'm not going for some crazy 500Hp+ goals to need PPG's.

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    Why not do a six speed swap for that price?
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    Re: Rebuilding A Bugeye Trans Ehhhhh? Look here first!!!

    I didn't originally plan on the price going this high or I would have

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    Pretty cool to figure it all out though. Now the diffs will be the weak point
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    Re: Rebuilding A Bugeye Trans Ehhhhh? Look here first!!!

    Yes they will. Hopefully they won't be an issue though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Pretty cool to figure it all out though. Now the diffs will be the weak point


    I dunno about that.. the gears might be around equal strength with the r160. They're not that strong.. but they should be good for a solid stage two setup.



    To the OP, I hope you got the upgraded dual cone first gear syncro. I got it with my STi gearset and it was well worth it.

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    Re: Rebuilding A Bugeye Trans Ehhhhh? Look here first!!!

    For my power goals this is more than enough.

    And yes I did get dual cone. I don't remember if you told me about them but someone on here did and I can't wait to use them.

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    Re: Rebuilding A Bugeye Trans Ehhhhh? Look here first!!!

    Going to add that to my parts list. If someone else refers to this that is vital info. Rali spec didn't even charge for them

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    Quote Originally Posted by MainFrame View Post
    I dunno about that.. the gears might be around equal strength with the r160. They're not that strong.. but they should be good for a solid stage two setup.
    a well-maintained R160 can easily hold in excess of 300wtq, and that's ONLY to the rear wheels. That's approx. 500wtq from the ccrank. Stage 2 only? HA!
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    Re: Rebuilding A Bugeye Trans Ehhhhh? Look here first!!!

    Well that's good to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    a well-maintained R160 can easily hold in excess of 300wtq, and that's ONLY to the rear wheels. That's approx. 500wtq from the ccrank. Stage 2 only? HA!


    Yeah.. the diffs should have no problem. What I was getting at was that even with the upgraded gearset I still believe the gears are the weakest link, not diffs (although much more close to equal now).



    Even still, I wouldn't put too much faith in the r160. Last time I drained mine it had pea sized chunks of pinion gear come out with the oil. It still worked fine, but I swapped the guts and had it rebuilt with all new seals anyways.

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    Never the less, what Im building now is much better than the OEM gear set provided for the 02.

    And unless something is not put together right I dont see me having any problem out of this one seeing as how I dont dogg the piss out of the car like some people do.

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    Re: Rebuilding A Bugeye Trans Ehhhhh? Look here first!!!

    So bumping this up in the trans section, im getting the car back on Monday. Its been a long trial and a ton of money. once I get the car and put all the incoices together ill update the fisrt post and totals

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