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Old 01-18-2002, 10:54 PM   #1
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Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Whitehall, PA
2002 Subaru WRX
WR Blue Pearl

Question tough to get into 1st and 2nd

My new MY02 wrx has about 2600 miles and is a bitch to get into first or second gear. It has a factory shortshifter. It doesn't grind going into gear or slip, it is just moving the shifter through first and second that is difficult. All other gears are fine.
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Old 01-19-2002, 12:41 AM   #2
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Location: Southport, CT
02 WRX Sdn, 2.5L
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I have ~3900 on mine & e/w with the factory short shifter. When cold, up/down shifting into 2nd is definitely stiff; down shifting to 1st is tougher. After a few miles it does get easier as things warm up.

When down shifting, I am in the habit of double clutching almost all the time as I have done with a manual shift for many years. Now it is second nature, maybe more like breathing. I have tried heel & toe, but cannot get comfortable with it. I guess that I have double shifted for so long that it is sort of like which side I start brushing my teeth.

The last few years have been cars e/w automatics, but getting back into a stick was better than "like riding a bicycle". New manuals that I have driven in the past did take a bit to loosen up as I like to baby them. Personnally I enjoy the double clutching & would suggest that you try that while the tranny settles in. It would also reduce stress on the tranny & clutch.

I have noticed other threads here where the owners have changed the tranny fluid to some higher grade oil/grease. I have thought about following thier lead.
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