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This is a discussion on New 2011 WRX within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; ok,the rear bumper cover is adhesive backed.I guess you would have to heat it with a hair dryer to get ...

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    ok,the rear bumper cover is adhesive backed.I guess you would have to heat it with a hair dryer to get it off.
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    Congrats on the car - great color choice.
    I have had my car for about 3 weeks and am loving it.
    The armrest extension - it's ok - wish it extended a little more.
    As for the shifting - this time around I went with the Subaru SSK, had that installed at time of delivery. I also has a smaller shift knob installed - shifting in my opinion from stock was greatly improved. I drove the car 2 weeks before having the front and rear shifter bushings from Kartboy installed. This is how the car should come from the factory. Precise and smooth.
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    BigDaddyRex and CVG993, it seems like the arm rest extension is definitaly something i'll pick up this week.
    Rage-wrx; thanks for the info. I would just have the dealer install it; but if it is as simple as an adhesive back I'll just do that myself.

    I got the base model WRX with all weather floor mats.
    Within the week ill be adding the arm-rest extension, rear bumper cover, the Subaru SPT Short Shifter and Bushings (maybe also throw on the MOMO shift knob...)

    All the things above I feel should have just come stock with the car!

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    I got the MODE Racing Double-Adjustable short shifter, Kartboy front and rear bushings, and Kartboy knuckleball shift knob. The shifter is essentially the same as the old COBB short shifter and as such is adjustable for both height and throw (unlike the Kartboy and others). I love it a lot and it was easy to install, but it obviously doesn't fall under the Subaru warranty. I'd definitely recommend it, though, due to its customizability.

    RE: the armrest extension, I just mentioned to my brother that the armrest extension isn't so useful for me because of how low I set the shifter's height. If I use the extension in the raised position, shifting becomes uncomfortable. Something to keep in mind, though my shifter is REALLY low between the shifter height setting and the short knob.
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    One thing I think is essential is a cargo net.When you throw the car into a turn,the groceries end up all over the place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    One thing I think is essential is a cargo net.When you throw the car into a turn,the groceries end up all over the place.
    that's very true. got some cargo nets for my sedan, but they only hold all the little things i keep in the trunk. Another thing that helps that is a rubber mat.

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    So I got word from my dealer today;

    I can get the SPT SS installed for 320$ at 95$/hour work and they said they would need 2 hours to do it!!!

    INSANE!!
    So; I will be sticking to buy the SPT SS for 320$ over the 160$ for the Kartboy SS, since it will stay under my warranty...BUT I don't think Ill be spending 200$ on labor soon...


    I'm not super mechanically savy, nor do I want to damage my car due to my ignorance...so whats my best option? Would a local mechanic be trustworthy to do this and save me 200$ on labor?

    :/

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    the Subaru short shifter includes the linkage if i am not mistaken, much different and a much more difficult install than the kartboy which is just the lever, no the linkage. that is why the subaru unit is so much more expensive.

    as far as the labor is concerened, while you would be paying a premium for labor at dealership, an independent mechanic is realistically going to charge you maybe $85 per hour at best, which is only a savings of $20. i think you are better off negotiating with the parts dept to come down on the price of the shift kit or finding the same shift kit somewhere else for cheaper. parts depts usually give brand new customers a discount on accessories, maybe that is an angle you can try to work.

    good luck!

    edit: found this price online for the subaru short shift kit: http://subarupartspeople.com/SearchP...+Throw+Shifter
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbya rx View Post
    the Subaru short shifter includes the linkage if i am not mistaken, much different and a much more difficult install than the kartboy which is just the lever, no the linkage. that is why the subaru unit is so much more expensive.

    as far as the labor is concerened, while you would be paying a premium for labor at dealership, an independent mechanic is realistically going to charge you maybe $85 per hour at best, which is only a savings of $20. i think you are better off negotiating with the parts dept to come down on the price of the shift kit or finding the same shift kit somewhere else for cheaper. parts depts usually give brand new customers a discount on accessories, maybe that is an angle you can try to work.

    good luck!

    edit: found this price online for the subaru short shift kit: SubaruPartsPeople.com - Genuine Subaru Parts and Subaru Accessories

    Mhmm, gotcha.
    So I guess i'll be stuck paying the 200$ for labor no matter what. If I 'supplied' the part to the dealer, after ordering it myself cheaper (ei. the site you linked) if they can't cut me some 'new purchasee slack' that it would bring total cost to about $450 rather than $550

    It's still all so DAMN expensive considering the aftermarket part costs only 160$!!!


    On a quick other note; I drove my car earlier and it was pretty chilly out, and even after letting the car get kinda-warm (not warm yet though...) and the car didn't want to go into first gear without really pushing it into gear. I assume it's from the cold since it went away once the engine was hot; but I figured all you Gurus could lend a knowledgable hand here!

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    its worth it imho when you consider you are replacing the linkage and you are maintaining your warranty at the same time.

    were you trying to push the shifter into first while you were still moving? if so, stop doing that, you are going to cause some damage. if it didnt want to go into first when you were not moving, then it was probably just the cold. dont force anything. sometimes it helps to put it into another gear and then put it into first.
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    I think it was just the cold since it was just when I was leaving starting from a stop. I definitely didn't FORCE it into gear though, it was just a bit more love I needed to give the shifter. [and like you said, putting the shifter into 2nd the 1st does make things smoother]

    Also, why would it be bad to put the car into 1st when moving...?

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    you should not ever downshift into 1st gear while the car is moving. that is the first thing my dad taught me when he showed me how to drive stick. the newer subaru transmissions have double synchros in first gear to make it smoother, but its just something i have always avoided unless im barely rolling in a parking lot or something. its not good for your transmission and can cause some serious problems if you downshift into first while going to fast and let out the clutch.
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    what I'd like to know (forgive me if I missed it) is what the rear bumper cover has to do with the shifter and armrest extension? ... kinda lost on that one.

    As for 1st, you'll be fine letting the car into first whilst rolling at the bottom of 1st gear speeds. DO NOT FORCE IT! but rather let it settle back into first. Otherwise you can bend shift forks and damage synchros. Personally I come out of 2nd on the way down and just coast to a stop. Put back in 1st when time to start back off again.
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    Yea. Driving; see a red light...downshift into 2nd. Come to a stop. Bring it into neutral. Light turns green and put it into first and take off.
    Driving into a parking lot, put into 1st when rolling around looking for a spot.

    So, I still take it that my car not wanting to go into first easily was due to the cold....

    what I'd like to know (forgive me if I missed it) is what the rear bumper cover has to do with the shifter and armrest extension? ... kinda lost on that one.
    Nothing in common.
    I want to buy a rear bumper cover and armrest extension and I just wanted to know how easy their installs were...

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    So I've been paying more attention to the shifting after you posted this, and here's what I've arrived at. You basically always have to wait a little before engaging the next gear. How you're driving really doesn't seem to matter all that much. The basic idea is you need to give it a 1/2 second for the revs to drop and you can make the gear changes like butter. You just can't shift instantaneously and keep on the power with zero gap unless you don't let the revs drop and do a tiny powershift.

    Quote Originally Posted by dbya rx View Post
    you should not ever downshift into 1st gear while the car is moving. that is the first thing my dad taught me when he showed me how to drive stick. the newer subaru transmissions have double synchros in first gear to make it smoother, but its just something i have always avoided unless im barely rolling in a parking lot or something. its not good for your transmission and can cause some serious problems if you downshift into first while going to fast and let out the clutch.
    That's not really true. If you shift at low speed and rev match you should be fine. I've downshifted into 1st in a car before at 20+ without any trouble. You just need to be careful. As the OP says below it's perfectly normal to downshift into 1st when going into a parking lot and you're doing 5 mph.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nebuka View Post
    Yea. Driving; see a red light...downshift into 2nd. Come to a stop. Bring it into neutral. Light turns green and put it into first and take off.
    Driving into a parking lot, put into 1st when rolling around looking for a spot.
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