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    2015 WRX Factory STi Short Throw Shifter

    Can anyone provide some insight into the difference between the stock shifter and the short throw shifter option for the 2015 WRX?

    I've been kind of holding off on purchasing a 2015 model because it's been difficult to locate a base model with this option on nearby dealer lots.

    Just wondering if the difference is signicant on the new models.

    Is it worth a special order or putting off a purchase until finding one at a dealer?

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    This review actually mentions going with the stock shifter for a daily driver but doesn't explain the reason.

    2015 Subaru WRX STI Preview - CNET

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    I think its due to the shifters positioning. The short throw can become uncomfortable thanks to the lack of an arm rest (option, yet none of them had it) from what i read on a few of the reviews. I personally wish my car had the arm rest even though i decided to go with the CVT but its not as big of a deal.

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    I went ahead and posed the question in the CNET comments section and the car reviewer was nice enough to respond:

    The standard shifter is already technically a short-throw shifter when compared to the standard WRX's -- at least, that's what Subie's engineers told me before tossing me the keys. The optional shifter is then a "ridiculously short throw shifter," in my opinion. Around town, I found it too easy to accidentally slide into 5th gear when looking for third with the optional shifter and generally liked the feel of the standard rower both on the road and on the track (since you end up having to wait for the revs to drop after an upshift anyway, the slightly faster throw doesn't really translate into better performance).

    Of course YMMV, so you'll want to try before you buy since "feel" is a very subjective part of the driving experience.

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    Can anyone respond to whether the stock shifter on the STi is shorter than the stock shifter on the WRX?

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    I'd like a ridiculously short throw shifter please. Lol

    Most reviews I've seen with the sts have actually been favorable.... But like the author said "feel" is very subjective.
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    I dont know how short of a throw you want but if you see a car that you want get it while you can and then maybe wait for aftermarket ones to be produced. Im sure the stock shifter isnt horrible but unless you are lucky enough to find a dealer that has cars with the options to compare you may have to wait a while for your answerer. Cobb has made adjustable shifters for the past few generations that may be your best bet. I have tried my friends 06 STI with the TWM shifter and it was way shorter then my 12 wrx. i know there are way different models and they dont really compare well but the throws were way different you can take that how ever you want it.
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    The stock shifter is pretty good, why not just go with it and upgrade later if you decide otherwise?

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    Did you go with the stock shifter?

    Were you talking about upgrading to the factory short shifter later or an aftermarket solution?

    I'm guessing an aftermarket version might be better than the factory STi short shifter, but wasn't sure.

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    2015 WRX Factory STi Short Throw Shifter

    Meh I'm sure they are nice or better or more cost effective sts solutions available. But on an STi, it's a few hundred bucks on an $40k vehicle. I would just rather get the factory option (which again has been received favorably in most all the reviews I've seen) and be done with it.
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    I don't mind paying for the option and would if any dealers around me had it on their lots.

    I'm just trying to decide whether it's worth holding out or special ordering a WRX just for that option.

    If there is an aftermarket solution that is just as good, then that would alleviate having to special order one (if the factory stock shifter even needs upgrading to begin with).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rain27 View Post
    I don't mind paying for the option and would if any dealers around me had it on their lots.

    I'm just trying to decide whether it's worth holding out or special ordering a WRX just for that option.

    If there is an aftermarket solution that is just as good, then that would alleviate having to special order one (if the factory stock shifter even needs upgrading to begin with).
    I personally would probably not opt to hold out for one given the choice between ordering one and having to wait months and driving home with a new WRX. The sts is cool but not critical to the overall experience and you will be able to upgrade to that option later.
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    is the sti short throw shifter just a shorter rod or the linkages are also different?

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    Just a very basic FYI on how short throws work.


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    isn't the STS a dealer installed option?

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