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PostPosted: April 3, 2018, 11:46 am 
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Can anyone recommend me a lightweight transaxle within a modest budget, starting a new build where the main objective is lightweight, i know most will say light means expensive but I want to explore my options, i been looking at porsche, audi and old vw bug as a possible solution but wanted to know if i miss any others.


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long ways or side ways?

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Can't beat a stock VW for size and weight, power handling, not so much.

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The Subie is lighter than the VW axle

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carguy123 wrote:
The Subie is lighter than the VW axle

Really? May I ask where you got the figure from ? I heard the Subaru trans was around 140lbs


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PostPosted: April 3, 2018, 11:55 pm 
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Speed00 wrote:
I know most will say light means expensive
Nah. I'd think more expensive is due to being more desirable, which in transmissions usually means stronger and if anything heavier. To me 'light' probably means weak, and 'affordable' likely means weak and/or functionally compromised...Although, maybe that's just the optimist in me. :mrgreen:

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Really? May I ask where you got the figure from ? I heard the Subaru trans was around 140lbs



That would probably be the FWD unit from 30 years ago.

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Really? May I ask where you got the figure from ? I heard the Subaru trans was around 140lbs



That would probably be the FWD unit from 30 years ago.

Then what would be the weight of a current unit


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Isn't a Subie trans made of glass?

Or are the "tuners" just doing bad things to them?

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A lot of the Subie tuners are getting Ginormous H/P numbers!

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I got the idea it was lighter from any number of posts from various people who have put them side by side.

Keep in mind you will unbolt the rear drive portion and just use the front drive portion.

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My vote is for the B5 A4/Passat driveline. 1.8T specifically.


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KB58 wrote:
Can't beat a stock VW for size and weight, power handling, not so much.


What? That Audi trans will take twice what the Subaru trans will take. For a while they were selling kits to put the A4 driveline in the Subarus because of this.


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slappynuts wrote:
KB58 wrote:
Can't beat a stock VW for size and weight, power handling, not so much.


What? That Audi trans will take twice what the Subaru trans will take. For a while they were selling kits to put the A4 driveline in the Subarus because of this.


I believe that the comment from KB58 was in reference to the original post mentioning using an old (air cooled) VW bug transaxle.

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