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#558 of 610 Re: Sarcasm on... [ateixeira]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Dec 08, 2011 (3:36 pm)
I just keep mine off permanently---I even bought a wiring kit that does that as the default upon starting the car. I can turn TC on again though if necessary. I also have POSI.
#559 of 610 Re: Sarcasm on... [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 08, 2011 (4:04 pm)
Interesting. I'd love to have that option! The Forester always defaults to VDC on. Of course, I don't remember that until the first time I want to slide through a curve on the road at 60 and the damn car about kills me by trying to correct for a skid that I'm already correcting. Talk about a kill-joy.
#560 of 610 Re: Sarcasm on... [xwesx]
Dec 09, 2011 (8:22 am)
I realize it's mandated now, but the Forester didn't need it. Just stay on the throttle and power shifts to the front axle, pulling you out of the skid. Fairly easy and controllable tail wagging in snow.
#561 of 610 Re: Sarcasm on... [ateixeira]
Dec 09, 2011 (11:26 am)
I completely agree. I love the 50/50 power split on the manual Forester. It makes the car highly controllable... but a rear LSD would make it even better.
#562 of 610 Re: Sarcasm on... [xwesx]
Dec 09, 2011 (12:40 pm)
Yeah, give it a little more forward momentum before the rears break out. The S models had a viscous rear LSD. Optimized for snow, obviously, not track days.
#563 of 610 Re: Sarcasm on... [ateixeira]
Dec 09, 2011 (4:07 pm)
I either give it a little more momentum as I go into the turn, or I abruptly shift the weight of the vehicle toward the outside of the turn. Either method usually results in the rear starting to slide, but the latter certainly provides the more consistent result (but is not nearly as subtle). The momentum method sometimes just results in understeer if I give it too much momentum too early.
Snow is what I need. I don't think the Forester would make much of a track car unless I planned to do a massive overhaul and make it an STi! Although....
#564 of 610 Re: Sarcasm on... [xwesx]
Dec 12, 2011 (11:44 am)
The 09+ are taller and have more body roll.
Wrong type of vehicle for the track. Maybe Rally Cross.
Hon, can I borrow the keys?
#566 of 610 keeping up with the Jones
by steve_ HOST
Jan 03, 2013 (6:41 am)
Everyone else is having big recalls; time for Subaru to join the club.
Subaru Recalls Nearly 634,000 Cars and SUVs (NY Times)
Kind of funny that it's "puddle" lights getting wet that's the problem.
#567 of 610 Re: keeping up with the Jones [steve_]
Jan 03, 2013 (10:02 am)
Well, if nothing else (good) came of all that hullabaloo surrounding the "unintended acceleration" on Toyota vehicles, at least vehicle issues, regardless of how minor (in terms of failure chance), are treated in a far more transparent fashion now.
It'll give me a second excuse to take my Forester in for its annual exam next summer. So far, every time I've taken it in to have a concern addressed, I have asked them to apply a recall at the same time.