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Hey guys, I just crossed the 1000 mile mark on my 2012 WRX and I'm ready to go out and play a little but first I have some questions. I've never owned a car the could be considered a performance vehicle before and so I've never really had the desire to take a car into the upper range of RPMs on the tach. I really just want to know if redlining the car can cause damage to it or if every once in awhile when I feel the urge I can get it revved up that high? :confused: I'm just a little skittish on the accelerator right now because I don't want to damage my brand new car that I hope will last me 8 to 10 years. Thanks
 

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Welcome to the fold! :)

Your car was engineered to handle the occasional redline with grace. I understand why you'd want to be gentle on your new toy, but you should be fine to enjoy yourself here and there. :wiggles:
 

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The rev limiter is there to protect your engine.
 

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You don't want to drive around bouncing it off the limiter (in other words, make sure you remember to shift ;) ), but an occasional run into the high rpms isn't going to hurt your car. Some would argue that it is even beneficial.
 

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stock redline will not hurt your engine unless you hold it there for a while. When you get tuned, they may well raise the 'redline' in the ecu so that you can rev higher.

I put the seconds redline in quotes because the tune will not change where the red is on the gauges, but will change where the engine management cutoff point is.
 

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If you are not used to running a manual into the upper revs it can be a bit unnerving at first. There is a feeling that maybe you are pushing it too far, what with the louder sounds and whatnot. You'll get past it. Small turbo motors are built so that the power resides in the upper rpm range. Big V8s have power down low, but we make it up high - and the engines are meant to be driven there. You can loaf along in the lower ranges all you want, but don't fear letting the boxer open up. Take it to 6500 and know that it is supposed to pushed there. Once you get a feel for how to build power in your shifting patterns you'll appreciate the motor that much more. :drive2:
 

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Everything is fine in moderation :)
 

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There's no such thing. Wait, what are we talking about again?

On a more serious note, the upper rev range is perfectly fine as long as the car is in sound condition and maintenance is up-to-date. I don't redline every time I drive, but I do pretty often, and almost always sees 5-6K a few times during a trip.
 

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Miss Cleo said:
I see ah daark gray sedan makin alot o noise in Kasnsas City. Da driver, he haz a big smile on he face
 

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I used to limit the revving of my cars for what I perceived to be maximum longevity. One day it occurred to me that I'm going to die at some point. I started taching up that biznitch.
 

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When you start to see purple unicorns
 

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In other news:

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That is all.
 

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I'm really thrilled that this thread lasted long enough to get my answer and then broke out into a good ol' pun :thumbup:
 

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I hear that if you bounce your car off the limiter you can run 12s in a 2012 wrx.
 

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i heard with turbo cars there is no need to push to the redline, if you shift before the redline you can better stay in the powerband
 

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depends on the specific setup.....

for instance, a MS3 has a very short powerband due to its rather dinky TD04 and rest of their setup, my friends 09 needs to be shifted no later than about 6400RPM because power plummets at 6500, and only starts really pulling at about 4k.

WRXs with TD04s seem to spool quick and early (from what I hear....only been in one, one time)

My '11, with the VF52 pulls hard from 3200 to almost red (which I have raised by 500)
 

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for instance, a MS3 has a very short powerband due to its rather dinky TD04 and rest of their setup, my friends 09 needs to be shifted no later than about 6400RPM because power plummets at 6500, and only starts really pulling at about 4k.
My fiance's MS3 will hit peak boost at around 1900 RPM but runs out of steam over 5000 RPM.
 
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