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Old Sun 10th May 2015, 11:20 PM
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8 bolt gearboxes. What year did they change?

So what years did all three different models change over to the 8 bolt gearbox? Thanks
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Pretty sure between 1997 and 1998
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The gen 3 Liberty / Outback did in 98. So all Foresters were 8 bolt? And when did the Impreza get the upgrade?
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I put 8 bolts into my sf gearbox when i bolted it to the h6.
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Hi Phizinza,

The gearbox in my 97 SF Forester had 4 bolts and the gearbox in my 2002 SF Forester had 8 bolts so I am assuming that they changed over during the release of the "Facelift" SF Forester which would have been around 2000 - I am unable to comment on the other models though I am sorry...

I heard from someone that it was Subarus way of trying to solve the weakness in the gearboxes...
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Thanks Tigger. Very helpful
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I had a pre-facelift 99 Forrie that had the later running gear - 8 bolt gearbox etc
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I was under the impression that only the 1997 SF had the 4-bolt and the EJ20J. The 1998 SF had the 8-bolt with the EJ202?

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Maybe that was when it changed over. All I know is that my 1997 SF Forester had the 4 bolts and my 2002 SF Forester had the 8 bolts. I just assumed the change over happened during the change of shape but it may have been earlier - I am just commenting on personal experience.
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