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Old 11-16-2012, 01:31 AM   #3076
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I like the narrow body sedans better, but theres something I really love about the GRB
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:18 AM   #3077
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I don't mind the wide-body, but it'd be a lot better without the fake vents, extra exhaust tips, etc. that do nothing but make it look busy. I like the fact that the narrow-body is simple and clean, especially the hatches.
Which vents? The tips are preference. I agree that they're unnecessary, but I feel like it gives it a lot more upscale feel that the single exit doesn't have.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:28 AM   #3078
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My first rally cross event
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:35 AM   #3079
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That's what your rallycross looks like? It looks like you're just driving on a dirt road..
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:13 AM   #3080
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That track looks fun... you should've went sideways for the camera XD. Also, I'm curious on what tires you would use in a Rally-X event. Isn't there also tarmac involved?
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:17 AM   #3081
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Which vents? The tips are preference. I agree that they're unnecessary, but I feel like it gives it a lot more upscale feel that the single exit doesn't have.
I think he's talking about the "vents" at the back of the front fender where it sticks out. Obviously not a vent or intended to be one.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:17 AM   #3082
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My primary concern was not hitting cones, I'll work on going sideways at the next event.

I just used my winter tires, they are Dunlop WinterSports. No tarmac in this specific course.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:30 AM   #3083
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I think he's talking about the "vents" at the back of the front fender where it sticks out. Obviously not a vent or intended to be one.
That vent is functional and connect to the engine bay.

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My primary concern was not hitting cones, I'll work on going sideways at the next event.
I just used my winter tires, they are Dunlop WinterSports. No tarmac in this specific course.
Most people use snow tires for rallycross around here too. But ours are just run in farm fields. This pretty much looks like a dirt road, you could probably really pick up some speed on that surface!
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:37 AM   #3084
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So it lets the hot air out from the engine bay then?
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:40 AM   #3085
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Correct. The ones in the fog light area are "fake" though. They're just solid plastic. I'm sure this is due to aerodynamic concerns.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:40 AM   #3086
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Most people use snow tires for rallycross around here too. But ours are just run in farm fields. This pretty much looks like a dirt road, you could probably really pick up some speed on that surface!
Well the course changes throughout the day (and season I assume) so it does go through the grassier parts at times. I think on one or two straights I got up to 40 or so. I didn't really look at my speed but I never left second gear and hit 4-5k RPM.

They also wet the course twice a day which turns it into a big mud pit. Fun to slide in, not fun to race in (for me at least).
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:42 AM   #3087
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Correct. The ones in the fog light area are "fake" though. They're just solid plastic. I'm sure this is due to aerodynamic concerns.
Wow I never even bothered to see what they were connected too. I always thought they were fake. Ignorant on my part i guess.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:44 AM   #3088
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Well the course changes throughout the day (and season I assume) so it does go through the grassier parts at times. I think on one or two straights I got up to 40 or so. I didn't really look at my speed but I never left second gear and hit 4-5k RPM.

They also wet the course twice a day which turns it into a big mud pit. Fun to slide in, not fun to race in (for me at least).
Well, that sounds like a challenge. Lots of different surfaces. Staying in second doesn't sound that fast either.

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Wow I never even bothered to see what they were connected too. I always thought they were fake. Ignorant on my part i guess.
Well, I've managed to drop tools from the engine bay into that area, so I know they connect, lol.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:53 AM   #3089
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Well, that sounds like a challenge. Lots of different surfaces. Staying in second doesn't sound that fast either.

Well don't use my speed as a true judge of the course, I was taking it pretty easy.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:08 AM   #3090
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+1 on side vents being functional. If you take them off you can see the small factory holes that vent the engine bay. There is a thread around ere or iwsti that has people drilling the holes out larger to vent more.

Also I'm liking the rallyX. We had one not too long ago in KC. I didn't have the winters yet or I would have gone. And 40 mph sounds about right. The courses are designed similar to autoX. You don't hit max speed but instead it challenges the driver to find the correct line and handling is key.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:11 AM   #3091
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I don't mind the wide-body, but it'd be a lot better without the fake vents, extra exhaust tips, etc. that do nothing but make it look busy. I like the fact that the narrow-body is simple and clean, especially the hatches.
I find the narrow-body kind of boring. There are very clean wide-body hatches out there as well.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:30 AM   #3092
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I find the narrow-body kind of boring. There are very clean wide-body hatches out there as well.

The narrow-body is rather boring. That being said, everything is relative. Until the wide-body was expanded to include the entire line-up, it looked awesome.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:37 AM   #3093
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The narrow-body is rather boring. That being said, everything is relative. Until the wide-body was expanded to include the entire line-up, it looked awesome.
I'm wondering why they did that too. Seems like they had a huge selling point for the STI over the WRX by having it exclusively wide body. Kept the WRX kind of a sleeper too since it didnt stand out as much.

I'm sure that making the WRX wide body increased interest and therefor sales. They are just so damn similar now seems like they cannibilized their sti sales.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:33 PM   #3094
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It's just the body that's the same. Everything else is an upgrade on the STi. Granted the WRX is faster out of the box but that's just because of gear ratio.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:37 PM   #3095
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also the fact that the STI is about 200lbs heavier and they put down almost the same power I believe the STI is faster 0-120 though and probably in any race from a roll.

The "bumper side covers" as subaru calls them, have a vent..not sure if that has any function. They are a real bitch to take off and get back on properly
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:46 PM   #3096
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I'm actually seriously considering getting rid of my car next year and picking up an older STi. I know it will be slower but I've always wanted one. I like my car but I'm not in love with it.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:53 PM   #3097
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in theory that might sound cool but people beat the **** out of STI's and I think it will be a headache..not to mention it will probably cost almost the same as your car
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:01 PM   #3098
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You're right. That's the only thing that's swaying me slightly. If I'm patient enough I think I can find one that was taken care of. I hope anyway.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:08 PM   #3099
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Or just try to save up some and trade in for a new one.
Or do what I'm planning on and just get a 6spd swap and possibly dccd swap. Though I'm sure the dccd would be a pain in the ass
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:12 PM   #3100
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I'm actually seriously considering getting rid of my car next year and picking up an older STi. I know it will be slower but I've always wanted one. I like my car but I'm not in love with it.
I had an 06 STi and I like my new 11 WRX moreso with the suspension upgrades.
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