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I have a 98 RS with a stock dash / AC compressor. The AC was a little weak and old so I bought a new reman. pump, a new dryer and a new condenser.

I bought two different condensers to try (from Rock Auto and Advance) and they both turned out to be made by a company called TYC, and their part number is 4857.

The OEM pn I tracked down is "73210FA140"

Here's my issue the AC condenser won't line up with the hard line on the passenger side. This is the factory condenser:


And this is the new one:


The bracket is slightly too close to the condenser (not bumped out 1" or so) and what's worse - the bolt / fitting orientation is reversed. I can't see any way to make this part work, and I can't seem to find a parts shop that carries a different manufacturer's condenser.

Has anyone successfully replaced one of these lately?

Do I have any options other than the dealer? The dealer won't take returns on special orders so I'd hate to buy one of those and discover it's wrong, too.
 

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just a heads up, not many 98 RS AC Condensers left in the country. I bought one from the dealership about a year ago and only had 3 in stock stateside. 98 was a transitioning year, and I suspect that the 98 RS got the left over bits of parts shared among the older imprezas. The AC Condenser part number cross references to the JDM version 6 on down. As far as options go, you'll be hard pressed to find one since it is only specific to the 98 RS and I think the 98 Forester as well. Most aftermarket companies only produced 99-01 assuming it'll work for the 98 as well. The 99-01 will fit, but you'll need to match the passenger side hardline, and the high side compressor line on the driver side.
 

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just buy the 99-01 and get the lines from a junkyard, that's what I did. You will also need a 99-01 radiator, the 98 radiators are also hard to find from what I could tell.
 

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just a heads up, not many 98 RS AC Condensers left in the country. I bought one from the dealership about a year ago and only had 3 in stock stateside. 98 was a transitioning year, and I suspect that the 98 RS got the left over bits of parts shared among the older imprezas. The AC Condenser part number cross references to the JDM version 6 on down. As far as options go, you'll be hard pressed to find one since it is only specific to the 98 RS and I think the 98 Forester as well. Most aftermarket companies only produced 99-01 assuming it'll work for the 98 as well. The 99-01 will fit, but you'll need to match the passenger side hardline, and the high side compressor line on the driver side.
Since its cross referenced with the version 6 sti does that mean that JDM condensers will work? I had a version 7 front clip imported and it looked the the entire A/C system was different due to being RHD. Does anybody know if the JDM Version 6 condenser work with a LHD vehicle?

I have the 98/JDM/Gen 1 Legacy Turbo Mishimoto radiator so I need the matching condenser.
 

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Since its cross referenced with the version 6 sti does that mean that JDM condensers will work? I had a version 7 front clip imported and it looked the the entire A/C system was different due to being RHD. Does anybody know if the JDM Version 6 condenser work with a LHD vehicle?

I have the 98/JDM/Gen 1 Legacy Turbo Mishimoto radiator so I need the matching condenser.
No clue about the version 7. Might have to get on opposedforces to do some homework.
 

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How about I throw a monkey-wrench into this discussion.
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The 98 RS uses P/N 73210FA150. This is what cross-references with the WRX and STi models. It is also the only US Impreza model that uses this P/N.

Every other US Impreza uses P/N 73210FA140.

Good luck.
 

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How about I throw a monkey-wrench into this discussion.
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The 98 RS uses P/N 73210FA150. This is what cross-references with the WRX and STi models. It is also the only US Impreza model that uses this P/N.

Every other US Impreza uses P/N 73210FA140.

Good luck.
That's already been stated in my reply; although, without stating the part number specifically. The unfortunate part of all this is that all aftermarket providers for the condensers have the later edition (99-01) fitment, but advertise them as covering 98-01. Some vendors have 'except 98 RS' listed for these parts, so its a bit of a hint to anyone based on where they buy from. Only options at this point are to buy used condensers, or buy new from the dealership if you choose to keep the configuration the same. The other is to convert to the newer system to include radiator, mounting brackets, condenser, high-side rubber line, and passenger hardline running to the receiver/drier. fans may need to be changed as well, I'm not too sure the bolt patterns are the same for mounting.
 

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You have to buy the condenser from the dealer couldnt find a 98 anywhere else. When I was looking for one it was $300, So I upgrade the condenser,a/c lines and radiatior to the 99-01. I bought like 3 condensers and 2 radiators trying to get it to fit then just decided to upgrade all of it. Costed me 200 for the rad and condenser and got the a/c lines used I don't remember how much. Get the rad with the tanks on top and bottom they didnt fit the 99 condenser with them on the side.
 

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Since its cross referenced with the version 6 sti does that mean that JDM condensers will work? I had a version 7 front clip imported and it looked the the entire A/C system was different due to being RHD. Does anybody know if the JDM Version 6 condenser work with a LHD vehicle?

I have the 98/JDM/Gen 1 Legacy Turbo Mishimoto radiator so I need the matching condenser.
Sadly, the RHD condensers and lines are definitely different. I have tried a lot of part numbers and I can't seem to find any year / model US Subaru that has a condenser interchangeable with the 98 2.5 RS.
 

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You have to buy the condenser from the dealer couldnt find a 98 anywhere else. When I was looking for one it was $300, So I upgrade the condenser,a/c lines and radiatior to the 99-01. I bought like 3 condensers and 2 radiators trying to get it to fit then just decided to upgrade all of it. Costed me 200 for the rad and condenser and got the a/c lines used I don't remember how much. Get the rad with the tanks on top and bottom they didnt fit the 99 condenser with them on the side.
They're all gone now. Subaru of Japan isn't making the 98 US condenser anymore.
 

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just buy the 99-01 and get the lines from a junkyard, that's what I did. You will also need a 99-01 radiator, the 98 radiators are also hard to find from what I could tell.
98 rads are easy to find, it's the condensers that are hard to find
 

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I've been having the same problem as I have the first gen legacy mishmoto radiator (same as the 98 RS and JDM turbos (this rad uses the OEM 98 style metal fan shrouds that are super slim. I'm thinking it might be easier to have a shop modify a 99+rs/95-01 L condenser to fit with the 98 RS rad.
 

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I was able to order a 98 RS condenser through a local dealer. The parts lady said there were no more in the warehouses stateside, but Subaru was making them to order. So I'll have mine in approx 1.5 months from ordering. Price was about $330 shipped with tax.
 
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