The first to second isn't a short shift issue, to me when stock it really feels like a tune issue.. I don't notice that issue anymore but I am beyond a stage 2. Do you know anyone with a Subaru? Having owned Audi, BMW, Lexus, C5, and so on I have always come back to Subaru as my DD. Reliability even when built is hands down ten times that of any other car under 50k. I would say that an STi at even stage 1 would get rid of the weirdness between 1/2 shift. Always has been my opinion that Subaru should of came from the factory feeling like the stage 1 tune car..