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Old 10-09-2015, 12:45 PM   #426
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Trying to find a pic or documentation on this as well. I have a dead stock 2012 WRX with 32k on it and I have the exact same sound decelerating in 2nd usually when going down a steep hill. It sounds horrible and people stare at it like it's about to blow up or something.
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Old 10-09-2015, 02:10 PM   #427
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Old 11-17-2015, 08:43 PM   #428
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Keeping this thread alive.

I've noticed my third gen 2011 WRX making the same gear whine noises mentioned in this thread since soon after owning her. Second gear, deceleration in the 1750-2500 rpm range. Just as you approach a corner or come to a stop you hear a loud rattle for a second or two. The noise is louder if you abruptly let off the throttle vs gently let off. It's seems odd that it only happens in that rpm range in that gear.

The video below is a good example of the decel noises my 2011 WRX makes and what I believe other third generation WRX and STi owners are hearing too. I've drove a 2009 WRX and a 2014 STi along with my own 2012 WRX - seems like stock or not, this is a common noise for third gen Subarus. Credit to mrkyle3 for the video:


I thought all along it was a loose heat shield like many others but apparently it's not. It seems pretty clear it's inherent to the style of gears used in the performance driveline of the WRX/STi. I'm ok with that. As long as nothing is gonna break on me in there, I'm still gonna drive it like I stole it.

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Old 05-12-2016, 10:50 PM   #429
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Angry Exedy OEM replacement clutch review

Update for those considering Exedy OEM replacement clutch for Subaru.

EDIT: what I thought was a new clutch rattle was infact a broken downpipe hanger. Anyone who think they have a rattle, have a look at your downpipe hanger, it will easily break if your aftermarket exhaust hits a speedbump.

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Old 05-12-2016, 11:25 PM   #430
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the 08-14 wrx clutches are just crap. my stock 2011 clutch wouldnt hold stage 2 power with under 10k on it. clutch looked like new when it was pulled. the throwout bearings also fail early. i went with a stage 1 exedy and it held great, but the pedal was a bit stiff and the throwout bearing sounded like you were shaking a can of spray paint when letting the clutch out. deceleration noise was minimal. not nearly as bad as the vids posted.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:01 AM   #431
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I believe I have this issue, what does the picture have to do with anything?
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Old 05-17-2017, 08:47 PM   #432
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Still no resolve to this? I've been considering a new clutch and bearing/ heatshield delete but was hoping someone would have figured it out by now?!
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