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Old 07-12-2001, 11:13 PM   #1
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Exclamation World's best tranny for Detroit?

Hey guys, you Chicago guys, too. I have been grappling with the auto/manual debate a while now, as I am constantly locked in Detroit traffic for work, I am talking hours, of crawling, lousy, traffic. I know the MT is the way to go in a WRX, which I am thinking of upgrading to when I sell the RS in the spring (maybe) but the auto is so nice for the daily drive. I just wish Subaru had brought this to the table rather than our Quattro competitors..

Tiptronics have been out for a while, but this is a whole new animal. Faster than a manual and better mileage, and the freedom to jump over to auto when the left foot gets tired, geesh.

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Old 07-12-2001, 11:22 PM   #2
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The hell you drive through on a daily basis you're gonna need Two WRXs the auto for work (company write off) the manual for play.

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Old 07-12-2001, 11:24 PM   #3
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Metro your prayers have been answered. All you need to do is buy the WRX in manual, and drop in a Legacy B4 tranny. This tranny is capible of handling at least 260hp+ from their twin turbo. For a couple of years Soob has been selling these in JDM. It is a "Tip-tronic" auto tranny. IIRC Porche had a little hand in developing it . You would also need the ECU that controls it and a bunch of other wacked out wiring I suppose, but what the hell? If you gots the money I am sure someone, somewhere could make it work!
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Old 07-13-2001, 12:30 AM   #4
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Old 07-13-2001, 02:30 AM   #5
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That'd be HARSH in traffic

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Old 07-13-2001, 09:53 AM   #6
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Look at it like this....

You'll get PLENTY of practice for those shifting techniques that so many don't get to perfect. Heel/toe, clutchless changes... Dunno if the WRX box is capable of clutchless changes. My Cossie Escort used to clutchless shift easily, and it seemed to like it! Maybe I'll give it a whirl tonight on the way home.....
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Old 07-13-2001, 11:28 AM   #7
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BuhBye tranny!!
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Old 07-13-2001, 12:02 PM   #8
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Careful Mark, Subaru trannies are notoriously weak. If you're going to try clutchless shifting on a WRX, borrow somebody else's and try it!
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Old 07-13-2001, 12:53 PM   #9
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OK... I'll be careful! I'll check my rearview mirror after trying it to see if there are any bits left lying in the road!
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Old 07-13-2001, 01:17 PM   #10
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I've had a 5 speed WRX here in Detroit for 10,000 miles now. I'm very happy and would NEVER even consider an auto myself. The clutch is SOOO light (lighter than the 2.5RS clutch) that you won't mind at all.
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Old 07-13-2001, 06:16 PM   #11
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OK.. I tried it. I didn't go all out and do conclusive testing. I only did a 4th-5th shift, and I couldn't believe how easy it went. No grinding nothing. Just 'snick' and in it was. Downshifting is a different story. Even with near perfect (modest aren't I?) rev matching, it just wouldn't go.

The trick is to not grab the shift lever, but to palm it. This is how we're taught in the UK to drive a stick. Although we're not taught clutchless changes! I used to race motorcycles and rarely used the clutch. Those gearboxes were fine for that. It's a bit different though to an automotive gearbox. Sequential for a start....

Anyways, I'll try a few more in other gears sometime and let you know the results. Could be good for improving the 0-60 and 1/4 mile times since your off the power for less time.
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