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    Why are the wagons narrower? + 1st gear probs

    Weight considerations?

    Here's an 04 spec sheet.
    2004 Subaru Impreza WRX and STi spec page

    I'm thinking of auto crossing the wagon and was wondering if the extra weight and narrow design might be a disadvantage amongst the crowd?

    Also, I read here that 1st has a lockout type device that hinders engagement until 5mph or lower. WTF was the purpose of this and how do you get around it?...Thinkin' 1st might be needed amongst the cones.

    Thanks, Bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildbill View Post
    Weight considerations?

    Here's an 04 spec sheet.
    2004 Subaru Impreza WRX and STi spec page

    I'm thinking of auto crossing the wagon and was wondering if the extra weight and narrow design might be a disadvantage amongst the crowd?

    Also, I read here that 1st has a lockout type device that hinders engagement until 5mph or lower. WTF was the purpose of this and how do you get around it?...Thinkin' 1st might be needed amongst the cones.

    Thanks, Bill
    The wagon is narrower because it doesn't have flared fenders like the sedan to accommodate wider tires. Think a wagon will hold you back? Have you noticed that many WRC cars are hatch back designs? Or how about this: Wagon = 1st place.

    As for 1st gear; there isn't some sort of electronic lock out device that is based upon speed. It is just difficult to shift into first at speed because first gear is very short and the syncros just can't get the collar spinning fast enough. Try double clutching and you should be able to get into first up to about 20mph.

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    Cool, I missed that one. It's not like there's too much info on this site though...(Sarcasm alert)

    Nice lines wagone. Good job!

    My tranny still sucks though. It has the stock short throw linkage so maybe a bushing replacement will help.

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    the wagon isn't narrower, the sedan is wider the wagon has the same track as the previous generation of Imprezas (the GC/GF's)

    neither the track nor the weight should hinder you in any way, I find that the wagon actually seems to rotate a little better than the sedan (I've owned both)
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