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Old 02-27-2003, 03:01 AM   #1
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Default STi rear diff question...

Does anyone know why Subaru would have spec'd the STi with a mechanical LSD in the rear?

The standard WRX and Legacys all have viscous LSD's in the rear.

What kind of performance/functional or durability improvement can be expected, if any, with the mechanical rather than viscous LSD rear end?


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Old 02-27-2003, 06:10 AM   #2
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Did someone say track day


by mechanical I assume you mean plate type? Like a Kaaz or something similar?

I can't remember right now if they said it would be a suretrac diff in the rear or not and I'm too lazy to look.

Anyway, the plates are always meshed so the reaction time is quicker than a viscous diff. Also I'm not sure you can tune a viscous diff the same way you can a mechanical diff. Meaning different lockup on decel and accel for a 2 way which it probably doesn't have. But even if it's similar to a 1.5 way diff I think it's quicker reacting and more tunable than a viscous diff would be the reasons I could come up with.

Anyone else?
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Old 02-27-2003, 10:54 AM   #3
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Suretrac front diff, perhaps a little less aggressive but a good choice for a front diff for a serious but streetable car.

The rear diff is a multi plate mechanical clutch type.

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