Ok, so small problem has arisen: My 5th gear keeps popping out.
Now the transmission has developed a whine over the past little while here. I can pick up a legacy 5 speed locally for $350. I'm thinking I'll go ahead and buy it because the legacy's got a taller 5th gear ratio (.780 instead of .825) which should drop 200rpm off of my 70mph cruising (hopefully save a little gas on the highway as well). The EG REALLY doesn't need to be spun up as high as the stock 1.8 on the highway
Then I can rip into my current trans, probably replace the loose nut (that's what some WRX guys have done to fix a popping 5th gear, main input shaft nut that's supposed to be staked falls off). If this is the case I can then either re-sell my stock trans or... well... have some fun with a welder and see how far down the street I can get in RWD mode with an R160...
...May want to go dorifto with this one. Get a R180 or something so that I can swap RWD/AWD for summer/winter...
Guess that'll teach me about 130,000 mile transmission flush intervals. Especially at twice the stock torque output.
Bubba had an end goal, half a plan, and a Dremel.