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Below are answers to some of our more commonly-asked questions. For more insights, tips, and guides, you can also check out our Info Centre.  

The latest model, lowest mileage one you can afford, and most closely matched to your engine i.e. turbo / aspirated.

  • TY752 from 1990 to 1998 can be used. If you need to shorten and seal the TY752 trans you will preferably source a TY754 or later centre differential housing. Their slightly different design makes them ideal for shortening, they bolt up to the TY752 split case housing. Alternatively, you can purchase the cast Subanose one-piece nosecone from us with the shift rod and reverse lockout mechanism from the TY754 and later transmissions.
  • Non-turbo TY752 transmissions used a push clutch which allows you to retain the VW cable clutch and pull the top of the clutch fork away from the engine. These are not suitable for turbo engines.
  • Turbo TY752 transmissions used a pull clutch which features a hydraulic slave cylinder to push the top of the clutch fork towards the engine.
  • Non-turbo TY754 transmissions produced from 1999 to 2004 generally used a push clutch with a hydraulic slave cylinder of a different design that pushes the top of the clutch fork away from the engine.
  • Turbo TY754 transmissions used a pull clutch with hydraulic slave cylinder like the turbo TY752.
  • TY755 and later from 2005 generally all used a push clutch for non-turbo and turbo applications. These featured a hydraulic slave cylinder to push the clutch fork away from the engine.
  • Late TY754 (1999) and later transmissions generally have a pop-out stub axle and cv joint as 1 piece. In order to use the supplied Subaflanges, please order our late model Subastub pop-in stub axles as well.

The TY752 bellhousings are a ‘4 bolt’ bellhousing and the TY754 and onwards are an ‘8 bolt’ bellhousing. They simply have four more bolt holes fitted, the pattern is the same. They can be mixed and matched.

Yes, the gearshift will work correctly in your type 1 Beetle and your Split Kombi/Bay Kombi. You simply have to join your shift rod to the Subaru shift rod via bolts or universal joints, or our Subashifter offset shift joint. The forwards/backwards direction and left/right direction will be correct.

In the T25/T3/Vanagon/Syncro/Bulli you will need to modify your shifter at the front to have a ball and socket like the Beetles and Kombis have. This corrects the direction of the shift.

Use the 15 5/8″ (396.87mm) axles and type 2 CV joints. These axles are commonly used as “Kombi into beetle” axles and are available from all good VW stores. You can also use 930 CV joints and the same length axles, but with 28 splines.

Standard VW axles are made with an inner shoulder and outer circlip so that the CV joint inner star is held in place. This ensures that the CV joint’s only movement is the outer star moving against the inner star through the CV joint’s balls :

Some aftermarket axles are produced with a spline that is a larger diameter than the axle shaft and thus have no inner shoulder or circlip. This allows the CV joint inner star to move inwards freely along the axle spline as they are no longer retained :

This can quickly ruin your ring and pinion because the axle can over extend past the CV joint inner star, get stuck on it’s splines and lever it’s longer end against the transmission’s stub axle or Subaflanges. When it does this, it puts sideways pressure on the ring and pinion and destroys it rapidly.

This customer checked that his setup had sufficient axle float at full bump, full droop and straight ahead but did not run axles with inner shoulders or circlips. You can see the highlighted areas where there was contact of the axle onto the stub axle and Subaflange, ruining his ring and pinion. It only looks like light contact but these are hardened steel parts levering onto each other with a great amount of pressure :

ALWAYS ensure your aftermarket axles have inner shoulders or circlip grooves cut into them to retain the CV joint correctly :

You cannot use dipstick anymore since it interferes with the flipped crownwheel. We supply a hi-temp silicon cover and hose clamp to securely close off the dipstick tube.  Oil level is observed through the supplied sight glass and billet housing. The supplied breather with it’s labyrinth oil path and filter end is fitted at the end of the main case and provides oil pressure relief.

The Subarugears 5 speed reversed transmission requires 4 litres of oil. We recommend a mineral-based transmission oil, particularly for the initial break-in period. We have found good results with Castrol Universal 75w/90 mineral oil. Use this for the initial break-in period of approx 500 miles / 800km and then change the oil out. Correct oil level is with oil to the top of the Subaglass sight glass.

Transmissions manufactured from around 1999 (late TY754 onwards) use a ‘push in’ stub axle and CV joint that is one unit. The spring clip on this unit is smaller to allow the unit to be pushed in and pulled out of the differential.

In order to use the Subaflanges, these newer style differentials need to be fitted with the old style stub axles, using a larger circlip to permanently hold the stub axles in the differential. Older style oil seals must be fitted to the transmission case to match up with the size of the older style stub axles.

Alternatively, purchase a pair of our Subastub axles which work with the newer transmissions and seals.


We offer a 12 month repair/replace warranty on defects in materials and workmanship in the goods you have purchased from us. We will also cover the cost of shipping new items to you in the case of replacing defective items. We EXPRESSLY do not cover additonal costs to fit and parts or transmissions.

We reserve the right to ask for inspection and/or detailed photographs of items involved in warranty claims to determine correct installation. This allows us to determine the approval or denial of any warranty claim.


We do not offer a refund for change-of-mind as these are specialist, low volume parts.


We will exchange items that have been incorrectly purchased for the correct item, provided you return the original item, undamaged and pay for return shipping of the incorrect part and replacement part.

Shipping returns

To return your product, you should mail your product to: Subarugears, 85B beechboro rd South, Bayswater 6053 Western Australia.

You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable.

Depending on where you live, the time it may take for your exchanged product to reach you may vary.

If you are returning more expensive items, you may consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. We don’t guarantee that we will receive your returned item.

Need help?

Contact us at [email protected] for questions related to refunds and returns.

We ship your item via DHL air express. You will receive a DHL notification with tracking number once your item has been collected. Shipping usually takes no longer than 5 days to your door, anywhere in the world.

You may incur local taxes and duties when the item arrives in your country. DHL will process these duties and charges and collect them from you at the time of delivery.

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