Originally Posted by BenGSX
Depends on how long you are sitting at 2-3k feathering the clutch - that is pretty unnecessarily high.. If you are holding yourself at the end of a driveway for some length of time (backing uphill) then i can see how you might smell some clutch..
For reference - I have a little 2.0, metallic 6 puck clutck, lightweight flywheel, and i still doubt I go over 1200 rpm when getting the car into reverse.. After than the car can idle around pretty easily in reverse..
Sounds like you are using the clutch to get through / over snow instead of your engine.. That could easily make the clutch nice and toasty.. You wont go shooting out into the road if you are properly using the clutch / rpm.
It has nothing to do with practice. I've owned many manuals. Maybe I am gauging the RPM's wrong. I know there are times when I do have to rev it a bit higher, such as over the weekend with all our snow. I'll certainly pay more attention to how high I am revving. However, as I have stated, I have never had this issue before with any other WRX or vehicle, which leads me to believe it's a clutch issue. A clutch should not burn with a bit of feathering in reverse for 5 seconds.