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    Soft gas pedal

    Today is my 1 week anniversary with my new '08 WRX, still loving it. I think it has a whole 400 miles now.

    One thing that is kinda bugging me is the gas pedal. It so soft that I can barely feel any resistance, especially when I'm wearing my thick sole work shoes. It's a stick and if I don't look at the tach while taking off from a dead stop I'll stall. Embarrassing. I can barely hear the engine with the radio off, so without looking at the tach I really don't have any idea where the engine RPM's are at. I've driven sticks for 20 years, although not in the last 10, but you'd think I would have it back down pat after a week right?

    So I'm thinking I either need a louder muffler, or more gas pedal resistance.
    I'm definitely leaning towards the latter.

    I figure I'll just add a stiffer spring to the throttle on the engine, but I have one question: Where is it?

    Is it under the interchanger radiator thing?

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    Stiffer pedal is not an option. Your car is DBW or drive by wire. Essentially there is a reostat attached to the actual pedal that sends a signal to the ECU which actuates the TB. In other words go for the muffler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    Stiffer pedal is not an option. Your car is DBW or drive by wire. Essentially there is a reostat attached to the actual pedal that sends a signal to the ECU which actuates the TB. In other words go for the muffler.

    Oh and welcome.
    Stiffer pedal IS an option if you are crafty.
    Two 12mm nuts and a plug and the gas pedal is out. Then on a clean bench remove the 5 torx screws and pop the side cover off the gas pedal. It uses magnetic hall effect so keep clean to prevent chips and metal dust from jumping on the magnets. Then there is 2 compression springs about 3" long, one inside the other.
    I have a drawer full of springs that I've collected over the years and much to my delight I had a compression spring the exact same size as the inner spring but about 10 times stronger.
    Take out wimpy inner spring, slide in beefy inner spring and put everything back together.
    Now I can feel the gas pedal!
    I'll let you know if I get shin splints but I think it feels comfortable, close to the 2000 Mustang I was driving.

    I also did the clutch mod that I read about here. Turned the connecting bracket in a total of 2 1/2 turns. I tested at 1 1/2, then 2 and finally decided that 2 1/2 is a little bit lower grab point but not riding the clutch when depressed even with the floor (it still depresses about 1/2" more but not so much with my size 12 shoes).

    Thanks for telling me about the drive by wire, that saved some time.

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