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    Question Can't seem to wheelspin!

    I'm the proud owner of a 2010 WRX, my first Subie and my first AWD car. I was able to spin the wheels of the last car I owned ever so easily at the traffic lights... it was a FWD. if you're wondering...
    But I can't for the life of me do any wheel spin on the Subie... even with the traction control off, revving it up and slipping the cluth... even when its raining... I expected it to be easier... or it must be me... Anyone?

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    It's a simple answer: There's not enough power to overcome the traction of AWD. Stop trying to peal out or your clutch will be gone very soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wearywanderer View Post
    I'm the proud owner of a 2010 WRX, my first Subie and my first AWD car. I was able to spin the wheels of the last car I owned ever so easily at the traffic lights... it was a FWD. if you're wondering...
    But I can't for the life of me do any wheel spin on the Subie... even with the traction control off, revving it up and slipping the cluth... even when its raining... I expected it to be easier... or it must be me... Anyone?
    You just need to try harder. Rev it to 6000RPM and dump the clutch, that should get the wheels spinning like you're looking for. You can't slip the clutch, thats limiting the power to the wheels. If you dump it fast all the power gets transferred to the wheels, you'll spin

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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    It's a simple answer: There's not enough power to overcome the traction of AWD.
    If its really that hard on a WRX, I won't try to do it any more hurting my car is the last thing I want to do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jd92677 View Post
    You just need to try harder. Rev it to 6000RPM and dump the clutch, that should get the wheels spinning like you're looking for. You can't slip the clutch, thats limiting the power to the wheels. If you dump it fast all the power gets transferred to the wheels, you'll spin
    then you will hear a loud snap possibly from breaking your axles and then you will curse yourself for destroying your own car. Wheel spin and burnouts are overrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armindk View Post
    then you will hear a loud snap possibly from breaking your axles and then you will curse yourself for destroying your own car. Wheel spin and burnouts are overrated.


    With one exception...doing a burnout in a RWD muscle car isn't overrated at all
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    Quote Originally Posted by armindk View Post
    then you will hear a loud snap possibly from breaking your axles and then you will curse yourself for destroying your own car. Wheel spin and burnouts are overrated.
    Naaah! I'm pretty sure the trans would explode well before the axles broke. I was merely explaining how one would perfect a wheelspin in an AWD car. This is what he wants to do, I'll give him the tools to get it done

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    Quote Originally Posted by jd92677 View Post
    You just need to try harder. Rev it to 6000RPM and dump the clutch, that should get the wheels spinning like you're looking for. You can't slip the clutch, thats limiting the power to the wheels. If you dump it fast all the power gets transferred to the wheels, you'll spin
    NASIOC much?

    Seriously OP, why do you want to "peel out?" Is there a particular reason?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    NASIOC much?

    Seriously OP, why do you want to "peel out?" Is there a particular reason?
    Because women are unable to resist a man who can spin his tires?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Seriously OP, why do you want to "peel out?" Is there a particular reason?
    You know a better way to shout out "Look at me!!" while seated in your car?

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    AWD does not allow for much wheelspin ... this is a good thing unless you are drag racing. Some wheelspin helps there which is why (IMO) the WRX is not the best drag car.

    I really like the ability to quickly pull out when the roads are wet - it allows for easier merging and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wearywanderer View Post
    You know a better way to shout out "Look at me!!" while seated in your car?
    Numerous.

    Wear a fez.

    Paint slogans on the car. "LOOK AT ME" would be the logical first choice.

    And so on.

    Either of that is cheaper than wrecking your gearbox.

    In any case you're in CAN; I'd imagine given a little more time wheelspin won't be an issue as winter sets in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wearywanderer View Post
    You know a better way to shout out "Look at me!!" while seated in your car?

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    easy: wait 2-3 months, don't change your tires.

    summer/all-season (what are wrx's coming with nowadays anyway?) tires just LOVE a ton of snowfall - so much so that they lose nearly 100% of their traction qualities. Start up on a nice patch of heavy snow/ice, rev hard and drop the clutch. You'll sit there all day! Plus, since it's cold, it'll take longer to overheat both your engine AND your tires will never die!
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