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Old 05-06-2003, 09:45 AM   #1
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I read somewhere on here that the armrest extension was for the back seat and as such was not used much.

But... my dealer tells me it is for the front seats and without it there is no front center armrest to speak of.

What's the verdict? Worth the $145?
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Old 05-06-2003, 09:54 AM   #2
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I opted for it on my '02 WRX. It adds another little storage area (suitable for cellphone, etc.) on top of the standard armrest/storage bin.

Some people (especially those with a 'short shifter') seemed to feel that it got in their way.

Check out the WRXs at your dealer - see if you can compare the ones with the extension to the ones without it. It should be identical to the extension supplied for the STi.

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Old 05-06-2003, 09:58 AM   #3
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But do you need it to have any armrest at all? Good idea about looking at the standard WRX, will do so.
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Old 05-06-2003, 10:02 AM   #4
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Without it you still have an armrest. I think the extension will only be in the way on the STI.

The auto dimming mirror is well worth the extra money though.
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Old 05-06-2003, 11:00 AM   #5
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I've got the extended armrest on my 02 WRX and love it when I'm alone, but what gets annoying is if you have a passenger who will sometimes put their arm on it - and you bang their arm when shifting back into 2nd/4th. Without the extended armrest this should be a non-issue.

"Get your arm outta my way a-hole!"
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Old 05-06-2003, 01:35 PM   #6
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I am pretty tall, and I sat in a car with the armrest extension, it was very uncomfortable. Without the extension in my wrx I rest my arm pefectly on the stock storage bin. For those who are around 6feet I'd recommend not paying for the extra part. Definately a great idea to check out the WRXs though.
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Old 05-06-2003, 01:38 PM   #7
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At $140, it may be worth your while NOT to get it as an installed, see if it's the same one they use on WRX/RS's, and if so, get one brand new for $70. I think the exact same part sells for that much for 00-01 RS, and ~$100 for 02-03 WRXs. Then again, if you're paying $31k+ for a car, saving $60 on an accessory probably isn't a big deal :P
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Old 05-07-2003, 10:55 AM   #8
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At $140, it may be worth your while NOT to get it as an installed, see if it's the same one they use on WRX/RS's, and if so, get one brand new for $70. I think the exact same part sells for that much for 00-01 RS, and ~$100 for 02-03 WRXs. Then again, if you're paying $31k+ for a car, saving $60 on an accessory probably isn't a big deal :P
I think the armrest extension works according to your specs and your driving position. I works well for me with the sti short shifter on my 02 WRX (stage 2 plus TXS IC). I liked it so much, I ordered one for my Z car.

I like fast shifts and generally use wrist action for the first 2 shifts, at least.
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Old 05-07-2003, 02:02 PM   #9
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The armrest extension works for some people and not for others. It seems to be a combination of your height and the length of your forearm. Folks with shorter forearms can get "caught" between the shifter and the armrest. People with longer forearms (like myself) find it very comfortable to rest an elbow on the armrest and do most of the shifting with the wrist.

Choices: I like having them.

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Old 05-07-2003, 02:29 PM   #10
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I dunno, maybe I'm weird, but I'm 6'6" and have a short shifter, so technically I should be hating my armrest extension. However, I love it and couldn't imagine not having it in the car. It seems to be a personal preference thing. Sit in a regular WRX and see how it feels.
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