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Subaru Crew - Modifications II

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    In the NE they tend to salt the roads, so we see a lot more rust. And those Subies were the only cars out on the roads in those situations. ;)

    -juice
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,910
    Some people just know how to travel. :P

    I'm not sure what that thing on the driver's side is - a rocket box? Probably full of breakdown paddles and pfds.

    Some guy here is advertising on Craigslist seeking a one-owner used Outback. I resisted responding.

    Steve, Host
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,729
    Pretty cool video!!!
  • Has anyone added this after driving the stock shifter for a while? Did you think it was an improvement or not?

    Contemplating this change but looking for some feedback.

    Thanks!
    -Ian

    p.s. Sorry for the x-post but I thought this might be a better place to get some feedback. I've searched but haven't come up with a whole lot of input. Thanks!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I put it on my 94 Legacy Turbo. I love it.

    -mike
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Hey guys, just got back from VIR for 3 days of racing/HPDEing. Had a blast as it snowed on Saturday! I actually lapped most of the cars during my sessions in the snow and no one passed me. Gotta love the AWD.

    Next items for the car will be coilovers and cage before race season starts.

    -mike
  • Mike,

    I saw some pics on the nabisco site of the last VIR event and your car was in one of the shots. How many "crew" members do you take with you when you travel? Do you share track time with anyone in your crew? Just curious. I would love to go watch a track event sometime in the future.

    Michael
  • ll1ll1 Posts: 35
    Just wondering if anyone has anything to say about ECU mods for a 2005 forester XT such as the Cobb AccessPORT. Sounds great on paper, but also heard some stories of problems as well? Would only think about Stage 1 mod myself anyways, and wondering if it is a safe modification at all....
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Cool mike, I bet the others were more nervous driving, too.

    -juice
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    We usually take anywhere from 1 to 3 or 4 folks along. The more they help the less it costs them to come along :) Since I'm an instructor I can take passengers out on track with me so I usually get the crew out for at least a ride along. Generally it's folks who can't afford the track day itself (~$150-200) but want to be involved and come hang. We always hope the crew gets into driving eventually and I've found that most who transition from crewing to driving have a big advantage because they are so much more comfortable at the track, with the car, and have heard us spouting about driving on track for a year or so!

    Always have fun at the track, next event is March 25th at Limerock if anyone is in the area.

    -mike
  • Now I know that it was covered a couple of pages back, but this is still eluding me. I recently purchased a couple of things for my car, and one of them was the electrochromatic auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass. I followed the instructions to a T, and needless to say, I couldn't find the wire in the overhead that it said would be there when I released the maplight assembly. There are two wires connected to the harness, and neither of them has the required connector to connect to the mirror. Can anyone tell me where to find this phantom wire? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
  • For some reason, I've been having trouble with info regarding this, although it would seem like a major spec on short-throw shifters.

    TWM Performance offers a Subaru short shifter that is actually shorter than stock - according to their website (which has side-view pics, unlike other shifter sites) switching to their shifter reduces the shift height by about 2". Is the TWM the only shifter that does this? It seems like Cobb, Kartboy, and STI shifters all alter the thisftyer throw without actually shortening the shifter. Am I right on this?

    It seems to be that everybody upgrading their shifter would want a nice, stubby Mazda or Audi-type shifter, so why isn't every short-throw like this? Is there a disadvantage to shortening the whole shift lever?
  • fj60fj60 Posts: 28
    IMHO, the Legacy STI short throw really should be called a medium throw at best. I was expecting the shifter to feel like (or come close to) the WRX STI shifter. It does not. I'm unsure about the effects of changing the height of the shifter, but you'll need to go aftermarket if you're looking for a shift throw that is significantly shorter than stock.

    FJ60
  • fj60fj60 Posts: 28
    I recently had the ProDrive axle-backs installed on my 2005 GT. I notice the difference every time I start the car. Nice growl without sounding like my neighbor's WRX with the coffee can-diameter exhaust tip. I highly recommend this upgrade.

    FJ60
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    The STi 5-speed Short-throw shifter from Subaru doesn't change the height of the shifter, it changes the whole entire linkage with stiffer bushings, and changes the geometry of the linkage to provide shorter throws.

    The other aftermarket "short" shifters simply make the shifter rod shorter which places it further from your reach and makes it shorter throws simply because the rod is shorter.

    If you look at something like a rally shifter they are very long rods but very short throws. This makes it quicker to shift cause you aren't reaching to the floor to reach the shifter, although they look cool at meets!

    -mike
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
    According to an SOA press packet (a loose-leaf binder that went into great detaiI as to the specs and upgrades of the '06 models) I picked up at the Baltimore car show, the '06 WRX now comes with the short shifter standard. I know the shifting in my new WRX is pretty precise, and not rubbery at all. The shifts seem short and precise, but they're not ultra-short throws. I like it a lot.

    Bob
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Wow I've been gone a while. :(

    Congrats! I may actually be down in the DC area this friday picking up a 98 Legacy GT 5MT since my bonus was less than expected and the GTO out of the picture for me.

    -mike
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
    Yep, a black '06 WRX Limited wagon.

    Pics can be found at Edmunds Carspace site: here.

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You don't want a shift lever that's 2" shorter, it'll be a stubby knob sticking out of the shift boot, you could hardly reach it.

    Remember that you also give up leverage, so shifting becomes more difficult, not easier.

    -juice
  • Yeah I thought of the leverage issue - I won't have trouble reaching it due to long arms. I just ordered it off ebay, so I'll let you guys know how it works out.
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