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Old 01-19-2011, 02:07 PM   #1
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Default disabling awd....

Saw this over in general. Thought I might ask you guys and get some input.

You put a fuse into the fusebox and disable awd?

this switches the car into fwd I'm assuming?
Or is this something you don't recommend for a dd?

Any of you do it?

Sorry to be vague I'm taking a bathroom break at work and I don't have much time on my phone
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:31 PM   #2
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Automatics (the old ones did at least) had a fuse slot in the engine bay fuse box to put in a fuse in that disabled the AWD system in the transmission. It's supposed to be used if you need to put on a spare or something of the like.
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:07 PM   #3
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Ahhhh!

I assumed it would be something like that "for emergency use only"
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:32 PM   #4
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You can just disconnect your front axles from the hub inside the outer axle boot. That makes the car RWD. If you want FWD just do the same thing w/ the backs. This is how we drift :P
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:47 PM   #5
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haha,
welp i dont auto-x (not yet at least)

so they are staying attached......
good to know though!
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:54 PM   #6
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Be advised that your front and rear diffs are not beefy enough to sustain that kind of operation. You'd probably also have to do some other stuff to do this reliably.
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:52 PM   #7
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You can just disconnect your front axles from the hub inside the outer axle boot. That makes the car RWD. If you want FWD just do the same thing w/ the backs. This is how we drift :P
That's not how 4EAT works. 4EAT is an ancient system that can only have 50-50. You can't transfer all the power to the back, the back can only help out some. The system is mechanically incapable. The front always must be spinning with the rear if at all spinning with the rear.

So if you remove the front axles, at best you'll only have 50% power going to the rear still.

PermaFWD can be obtained by snipping the little green wire coming out of your TCU.

Some experimentation with it for me to achieve a 50-50 lock switch has lead me to some strange findings.
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:32 PM   #8
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So is it possible to do that to a 2010 auto?
And would it work or it would be down on power or brake something?
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^ Nah, this is an old thing from the 90s.
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:55 AM   #10
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure this doesn't work on the 08+ models.
Also, shouldn't this be in the transmission forum?
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:59 PM   #11
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Ow well.
I gueess AWD will be fun for now
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:42 PM   #12
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Why did you buy an AWD car?
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:55 PM   #13
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If you have an auto, it puts it in FWD-only mode. You use it only when you have a spare on to prevent damage to AWD due to the differing tire diameter, and it's not good to do it for a long time.

It also disables VDC; the manual doesn't tell you this, and there is no indicator light on the dash. If your AWD light is on, assume that VDC will not work.
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You can just disconnect your front axles from the hub inside the outer axle boot. That makes the car RWD. If you want FWD just do the same thing w/ the backs. This is how we drift :P
I seriously hope you are joking...



The FWD "jumper", was a way for you to put the car in fwd, after blowing or shredding/ realizing you had a flat tire that wouldn't hold air pressure. By putting a fuse in this fuse holder (behind passenger strut tower, says FWD on it)
it unlocks the clutch pack in the 4eat auto transmisson, allowing you to drive to a tire store and get your tire fixed.

It was not meant to be a a get out of jail free card so you could run around town for a week while you "thought" about getting the tire fixed.

No, you cannot just unbolt the front axles and have mad drifting subaru car....the only subaru transmissions that were able to do this were the ones that had 4wd lo and high levers in the car, right next to the gear shifter. Those and the ones with the push button 4wd.



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So is it possible to do that to a 2010 auto?
And would it work or it would be down on power or brake something?
Why would you want to degrade it from AWD to FWD ?

What goal are you trying to accomplish? This can't be done safely and DONT believe the hype about removing axles as this will majorly screw your drivetrain up, unless you have stout diffs plus our open diffs would still put power to the rear.


You should focus on ways to make your AWD better not, non-existent
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