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Old 05-03-2001, 08:49 PM   #1
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Question how to turn off AWD?

Does andyone know how to turn on and off the AWD in the 01 2.5Rs? From what I hear it can be turned off through a the computer. Just wondering cause I miss having my corvetter to burn out in every so often. I am just getting the slight urge to light them up a few times. Any help please???
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Old 05-03-2001, 08:52 PM   #2
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If you've read your owners manual, you'll see that only automatics have the ability to turn on or off the AWD. If you've got a manual transmission, the only way to change your car to 2WD is to open up the transmission and tinker around in there.

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Old 05-03-2001, 08:52 PM   #3
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when rallycrossing... i turn mine off by just pulling the AWD fuse...

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Old 05-03-2001, 08:56 PM   #4
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hmm will the impreza move faster with awd off? since AWD sort of lags, and when it is off it turns into front wheel drive correct???, because i think you have to pull a fuse and move it for when you get a flat tire
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Old 05-03-2001, 08:59 PM   #5
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Like I said before, it's only the automatics that have the ability to "turn off" AWD by pulling the AWD fuse. Subie Gal's "old" rally-x machine was her Legacy GT which was automatic -- that's why she was able to turn off AWD.

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Old 05-03-2001, 10:15 PM   #6
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Well, I've thought about this myself. I was skimming the owners manuel, and it says that you can put it in FWD if you want/need to. Now it does make sense that only an automatic has this ability. HOWEVER, I have a 98RS 5spd. If you open the trunk, there's a black fusebox on the right hand side. Open that, and you'll have a fuse slot that is empty marked FWD. Toss a 20amp fuse in there while the car is off, and you should be in FWD.

Now. I have never done this, never seen it done, and you could very well break something trying it.

I remember another post somewhere where someone had it in FWD for a day, and it was very easy to spin the front tires. I guess the traction control isn't effective in FWD.

Again, be careful, I don't want to hear someone tried this and broke their motor. I'm no expert in this.


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Old 05-03-2001, 10:18 PM   #7
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Anyone know if they sell the thing that the 22B has to change the drive settings from front to rear and anywhere in between. I know its something like a switch inside the cabin that does it. but as you can see I don't know much more!
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Old 05-03-2001, 11:25 PM   #8
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The 22B has a center diff with electrical control (dunno if it is mechanical or hydraulic). You can put the diff and the control dial in MY98 and earlier Imprezas (how much earlier, someone else can answer). MY99+ change the number of bolts, so it won't work with them.
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Old 05-04-2001, 12:14 AM   #9
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this is interesting...in an auto RS you can make it FWD by pulling a fuse?? enlighten me a bit more please...besides Suby Gal has anyone done it in an RS? consequences?long term ?short term.
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Old 05-04-2001, 12:50 AM   #10
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ive done it once or twice in my 2000 auto RS, not for more than 5 miles though..then i did about a 5 second burnout with it in FWD too hehe... left a nice lil black mark and some smoke...

when you go around turns fast in FWD the steering wheel seemed sorty jerky in mine..and you can definitely tell the awd isnt there..

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Old 05-04-2001, 01:19 AM   #11
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theres also simple tricks to make it into 50/50. all you need is some resistors
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Old 05-04-2001, 08:12 AM   #12
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You can put the auto in FWD because the AWD system is electronic. The MT has a mechanical AWD system. That's why one can and one can't.
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Old 05-04-2001, 08:13 AM   #13
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Loki, again check the manual and all the internet info, the fuse only works for Auto cars.

Here's the skinny folks: The non-VSD autos (all Mk1 and RS Mk2 Imps, and non 3.0L Legacies) use a clutch-pack center diff. Torque split front/rear is varied by pulsing the clutch pack with a solenoid.

By INSERTING the aforementioned fuse, you can defeat the clutch pack pulsing, which will make the car MOSTLY FWD. NOT ALL FWD. There's always some residual drag sending a small amount of power to the rear, but you won't have any dynamic compensation for wheelspin which is why people can spin the tires when doing it.

Now, that being said, I'd read the manual again to be sure, but IIRC the manual also says ONLY do this for short distances at LOW speeds. Rallycrossing and or doing hard burnouts probably isn't what Subaru had in mind...

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Old 05-04-2001, 08:23 AM   #14
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Trey Cobb made his manual RS rear wheel drive for a while to dyno test it. You could ask him. I think it was a full swap of some kind, not a quick change over
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Old 05-04-2001, 09:14 AM   #15
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Why would you want to make an AWD car into a FWD car for a rally cross event?

Sorry if this is a stupid question.
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Old 05-04-2001, 03:02 PM   #16
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What does this have to do with "Dress-Up and Style?"

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Old 05-04-2001, 03:02 PM   #17
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You can make your car FWD or RWD.....just remove the CV joints from either end! Or maybe right drive or left drive? No?

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Old 05-04-2001, 03:33 PM   #18
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I have a MY01 MT 2.5RS and have done this for a short time. I took it on the HW around 70 and normal street. It is possible on MT. Though I myself would not due it for more than a few miles.
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Old 05-05-2001, 12:31 AM   #19
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Please be careful if you try to run your car in FWD. When I bought my car, the dealership warned me to engage FWD ONLY in an emergency. For example, if you get a flat tire and have to run on the spare, or if your car needs to be towed and there are absolutely no flatbed tow trucks available, then you should engage FWD.

The guy at the dealership mentioned that several people in the past have disengaged AWD thinking they'd have better fuel economy and ended up doing damage to the drivetrain over time.

I don't know if those things are true, but I personally wouldn't risk it. After all, Subies were not designed to be FWD cars, so you're probably going to wear something out in trying to make it a FWD car.
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theres also simple tricks to make it into 50/50. all you need is some resistors
I would really like to know how to do this. Do you have any more information or some links?

Thanks.
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I am just getting the slight urge to light them up a few times.
I think that is the "dress up and style" part
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Old 01-14-2002, 10:15 AM   #23
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I did a search and found this thread. You might find it interesting.

http://www.i-club.com/forums/showthr...5&pagenumber=1
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