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    How easy is it to damage a stock 09 WRX by power shifting from 1st to 2nd or 2nd to 3rd?

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    It depends on how committed you are to damaging it. An honest afternoon's effort could certainly do some damage.
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    I'm not commited to harming my new WRX. I tried power shifting from 1st to 2nd, and it sounded like the rear end took a beating. Is that from the ESC or AWD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by co09wrx View Post
    I'm not commited to harming my new WRX. I tried power shifting from 1st to 2nd, and it sounded like the rear end took a beating.
    Not good. Be nice to your transmission and it will be nice to you. Why do you need to "power shift"?
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    Yes, not good at all. The noise could be a number of things, some expected, a few not pleasant. Use the clutch and gearbox correctly or you will likely damage it. If you are in a hurry, start earlier in the day.

    What you may have heard is the rear end thumping as the car's attitude changes with load when shifting hard. The older cars did that for sure but I don't know what the new rear end is like. That's probably the best case scenario for the noise.

    Try lifting the throttle momentarily before disengaging the clutch and then giving it throttle again gradually, you want to avoid the nose changing angles if at all possible.
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    So drag racing other cars with my WRX is not a good idea. OK, I can adjust to that. The WRX is more fun to drive it on curves anyway. Thanks

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