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Old 05-24-2005, 09:24 AM   #1
SpyderBaja
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Let me start this off by saying that i have been driving manual cars all my life. I have driven many manual subaru outbacks as well. When it comes to my 05 Turbo, i seem to have trouble getting smooth shifts while driving, especially on the 1-2 shift. The problem seems to just get worse when driving more aggressively. i don't *think* i am doing anything wrong, i just want to have some smoother shifts, any suggestions?
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Old 05-24-2005, 09:56 AM   #2
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I too have noticed that turbo Subaru manual transmissions equipped cars are "different" than most others cars. There is a much more pronounced "bucking" effect. I have found that if I slip the clutch slightly on the 1-2 shift that it pulls really nice and pretty smooth.

The "bucking" sensation seems to happen in say 2nd gear 50% throttle 2500-3500 rpms range (or there abouts) and for no apparent reason the car does not have a smooth pull through the RPMs, and this is with the clutch pedal completely out.
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Old 05-24-2005, 01:45 PM   #3
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you also get that effect if you are near redline and shift agressively. An almost rubbery, boggy feeling. I think it is a combination of driveline (clutch engagement) and turbo lag.
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Old 05-24-2005, 03:39 PM   #4
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do not worry, you are feeling what a lot of us have been feeling; or were feeling... it takes a little while to get used to the subaru way of shifting, and i drove a stick for about 2 yrs before i got this one. the best thing to do is just wait her out, you will both (you+baja) find your comfort zone where you like to shift and how much and how fast you ease off the clutch. hopefully this is the problem, and getting used to you tranny will solve it. Good luck!
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Old 05-24-2005, 05:38 PM   #5
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Yeah, it takes some getting used to. I've always had manual trans cars and this one likes more gas than other cars. It's fun, actually, figuring out what you need to do to make a "perfect" shift.
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Old 05-24-2005, 10:16 PM   #6
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There's a good thread about the touchy shifting. It was originally snow related... look for the thread "The Baja sucks in snow" by Subafreak.

The Baja does want to bolt about half-clutch. It just takes some getting used to.
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