Well my buddy just got a 2002 bone stock wrx with the factory short throw shifter. I wanted to see the difference between my 2005 cobb stage II wrx vs his 2002 stock wrx so we went out and did a few runs tonight, and well the outcome makes no sense. All runs started in 2nd gear and were up a decent incline, i mashed the gas to the floor while he eased it.
First run 25-65mph cobb stage II wrx puts 5 cars on stock wrx as expected.
Second run 20-65mph dead even????
Third run 20-65 dead even????
it seemed like he would get the jump on me in the lower rpm runs and i would take longer to spool up, i don't know if that has to do with my heavy aftermarket wheels making it harder for the motor to start spinning them or what. Maybe im pulling timing? I know once i hit third i would walk him but these runs never left 2nd gear really. On the upper rpm race that started at 25mph i pulled him hard, there was no driver error in any of the races as we stopped and discussed them, on the last race he did say he cheated a tad by starting to ease on the gas after the 2nd honk, in that race he jumped on me a car but stayed there all the way through 2nd.
We have taken our cars to the track and my cobb stage II wrx ran a 14.3@100mph his stock wrx ran a 14.7@92mph, so go figure, but it seems as though second gear is no different between a stock wrx and a cobb stage II wrx, at least not in this situation, besides the first run. Also is it better to ease into the gas or just slam the peddle to the floor, the more i do it the more it seems its better to ease in, as it builds boost quicker that way and doesn't bog down as much especially on a low rpm run. I slammed the pedal down each time and maybe that had something to do with it because my friend eased it down, who knows.