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    Correct me if I am wrong but with the New Rex's aren't they open diff's, and the VDC does the traction transfer by means of the brakes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sworks View Post
    Correct me if I am wrong but with the New Rex's aren't they open diff's, and the VDC does the traction transfer by means of the brakes?
    The front and rear, yes. The center is still the same old viscous locking diff.
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    So a spare on a corner isn't going cause the front or rear diff any damage, therefore the big concern would only be towing with anything other than a flatbed, unless your dumb enough to run around drifting and pulling the e-brake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sworks View Post
    So a spare on a corner isn't going cause the front or rear diff any damage, therefore the big concern would only be towing with anything other than a flatbed, unless your dumb enough to run around drifting and pulling the e-brake.
    Prolly. I think this controversy really applies to older models with the rear LSD.
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    Yeah I knew the older models had a better setup in the sense of the LSD's but wanted to make sure guys with the newer models knew that the spare tire issue prob wouldn't apply to them so they didn't go out and buy a full size spare or trade their cars in becasuse if they got a flat it was going to cost them $3K after they drove home with the spare mounted. Like anything its give and take, they took our LSD's and gave us the ability to run a spare to get home without smoking the diff. I would still rather have the LSD to the VDC though, just my .02
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    ^^ Not sure about that. At 97,000 chassis miles, I doubt my LSD is much of an LSD any longer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    ^^ Not sure about that. At 97,000 chassis miles, I doubt my LSD is much of an LSD any longer...
    Yeah, all functionality being equal, I'd rather replace brake pads than diffs, but it's hung in there just fine for the last 95k miles, and will probably outlast the transmission anyway.
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    Viscous LSDs fail gracefully. They just become open diffs.
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    thanks for all the replies everyone. Been awhile since Ive been on the site but plan to be more active now. One other question regarding this is that if someone were to get a flat and a spare was put on either front or rear would DCCD controller to transfer the TQ to the opposite end of where the spare is be recommended until you could get to a place to get it replaced or to limp you home? Or would adjusting the DCCD not matter in this situation?
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    Adjusting the DCCD is not going to matter and it only has the ability to add bias to the rear anyways.
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    I linked this thread on another site and after reading through it again it brought up another question. We all know the cars are AWD and not to tow them w/ anything but a flatbed. But where should you put that sticker so others also know that? If its hidden away or put somewhere where no one will notice it what good would it do? Never know if you could be involved in an accident and not be present ( as far as at the hospital or something) when your car was towed away. When I totaled my ranger I was knocked out and had a huge bump on my forehead and I was taken to the hospital long before the tow trucks came around to tow my truck off. Granted it was totaled and would not have mattered as far as tow damage if it was a WRX/STI but I'm just saying this situation is possible.
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    Most tow truck drivers know not to tow a Subaru unless they have a flatbed and when you call for a tow they ask for the make/model of the vehicle. Working as a firefighter I can tell you pretty much any auto accident you are getting a flatbed due to the fact they are betting on the car not being in great condition. I honestly don't even see the "dolly" type tow vehicles much any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey View Post
    Most tow truck drivers know not to tow a Subaru unless they have a flatbed and when you call for a tow they ask for the make/model of the vehicle. Working as a firefighter I can tell you pretty much any auto accident you are getting a flatbed due to the fact they are betting on the car not being in great condition. I honestly don't even see the "dolly" type tow vehicles much any more.
    Meanwhile, in NYC...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    Meanwhile, in NYC...
    We do things differently here.

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