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Yeah.. Like the title says..

I was driving by Barnes and Noble (Danbury, CT) when a Civic SI goes streaking by (I could hear it at redline.. Exhaust... and possibly headers.. You know.. The same screaming grasshopa sound from a lame-ole' Rice rocket)..

Sure enough he was turning around in the Barnes and Noble parking lot, and flashing his lights..

Understanding his que, I pulled over to the side of the road (double sided, two lane road), and waited... The SI makes his exit and pulls up next to me.. the only inittiation was a couple quick blips of the throttle (I couldn't see through his super tinted windows), and the SI acknowledges with the same eager, yet ultimately grasshoppa-ish sounding, revs.

Both of us approach the next light at a slow pace (The light was green), waiting and hoping it will eventually turn red. It does.. and both of us lineup. I was coaching my self on a quick lead.. probably with a dumped launch at around 4,500 revs.. I thought there was no possible way I could beat the SI (my car is a bone stock 98 RS) at higher speeds (once that V-tec kicks in.. the SI is a fast little Biiiooootch).. so my launch had to be quick and ultra efficient..

Seeing the light turning yellow in the cross lane, I started getting ready.. revving it to about 4ish, I knew I only had a second or two until the light turned..

It did, I launched quickly, leaving the SI in my AWD dust. At about 5,500 I smash it into second with what seemed to be a sizable lead. Everything was running smoothly into third, but I could see the SI making his way back up.

He was gaining big time.. I really didn't want this potato launching ricer to beat me so I dove into his lane and decided to make an exit into the next driveway. Slowing down and shifting to third, a pissed off ricer flying by my left side (who could blame him.. it was a total d**k move), I spotted an exit (Route 7 connecter) and got ready to turn off.

Slowing down and stopping, I shift in to first and get ready for the right hand turn..

THIS IS WHEN THE PROBLEM OCCURED:
Shifting into first, my clutch seemed to have quite a bit of difficulty innitiating the gear. I gave it gass and my car rocked and jerked until I shifted to second to get it moving. I was pretty scared at this point so I pulled into Sports Authority to see if I could figure out the problem.

I tried it three times.. Each time getting the same herky-jerky response.. (all other gears seemed fine.. Everything else was smooth). I decided to head home, upset and distraught over racing.. I decided it wouldn't be a good idea to launch for a while (at least not until my Subie dealer takes a look at it).

But on my way home, the problem was nonexistant.. I was no longer getting the herky jerky first gear syndrome. I was wondering what could possibly have happend??.. Everything seems fine now.

Should I still get it checked out at my Subie dealer?
 

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MistaRS said:
Yeah.. Like the title says..

I was driving by Barnes and Noble (Danbury, CT) when a Civic SI goes streaking by (I could hear it at redline.. Exhaust... and possibly headers.. You know.. The same screaming grasshopa sound from a lame-ole' Rice rocket)..

Sure enough he was turning around in the Barnes and Noble parking lot, and flashing his lights..

Understanding his que, I pulled over to the side of the road (double sided, two lane road), and waited... The SI makes his exit and pulls up next to me.. the only inittiation was a couple quick blips of the throttle (I couldn't see through his super tinted windows), and the SI acknowledges with the same eager, yet ultimately grasshoppa-ish sounding, revs.

Both of us approach the next light at a slow pace (The light was green), waiting and hoping it will eventually turn red. It does.. and both of us lineup. I was coaching my self on a quick lead.. probably with a dumped launch at around 4,500 revs.. I thought there was no possible way I could beat the SI (my car is a bone stock 98 RS) at higher speeds (once that V-tec kicks in.. the SI is a fast little Biiiooootch).. so my launch had to be quick and ultra efficient..

Seeing the light turning yellow in the cross lane, I started getting ready.. revving it to about 4ish, I knew I only had a second or two until the light turned..

It did, I launched quickly, leaving the SI in my AWD dust. At about 5,500 I smash it into second with what seemed to be a sizable lead. Everything was running smoothly into third, but I could see the SI making his way back up.

He was gaining big time.. I really didn't want this potato launching ricer to beat me so I dove into his lane and decided to make an exit into the next driveway. Slowing down and shifting to third, a pissed off ricer flying by my left side (who could blame him.. it was a total d**k move), I spotted an exit (Route 7 connecter) and got ready to turn off.

Slowing down and stopping, I shift in to first and get ready for the right hand turn..

THIS IS WHEN THE PROBLEM OCCURED:
Shifting into first, my clutch seemed to have quite a bit of difficulty innitiating the gear. I gave it gass and my car rocked and jerked until I shifted to second to get it moving. I was pretty scared at this point so I pulled into Sports Authority to see if I could figure out the problem.

I tried it three times.. Each time getting the same herky-jerky response.. (all other gears seemed fine.. Everything else was smooth). I decided to head home, upset and distraught over racing.. I decided it wouldn't be a good idea to launch for a while (at least not until my Subie dealer takes a look at it).

But on my way home, the problem was nonexistant.. I was no longer getting the herky jerky first gear syndrome. I was wondering what could possibly have happend??.. Everything seems fine now.

Should I still get it checked out at my Subie dealer?
Can anyone say clutch shudder?

Tara
 

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bah.. Clutch shudder??

I really don't want to replace my clutch.. (Subaru guys told me that it means basically: "A new clutch within the next 5,000 miles.")

First time I've noticed it.. Will it most likely reoccur?? Should I bother bringing it back to Subaru unless I'm ready to replace it?

It doesn't seem all that bad.. I don't think I warped the fly-wheel or anything nearly that bad! hopefully it's a once only occurance :)
 

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if you push hard your warrenty will cover it but most of us don't mind it...you'll learn to get around it. it seems to be a rs problem. my '00 does it sometimes, but my'98 does it all the time. first off try tightening your throttle cable that is prolly the problem if that's not it then it's the dreaded clutch shudder. It doesn't bother me so i have no need to replace it. Some people have replaced them a few times because of the shudder. check the cable first it just may be that being loose and you noticed it when you took off like that.


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Thanks Tara.. I'll give it a try and check back tomorrow :)

If it doesn't work, I can live with it; afterall.. There has to be SOME draw backs to such a soooweeet package!
 

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Just drive it and let the clutch out real slow for the next week or two - basically resurfacing the clutch. You just wore it down unevenly, suddenly. I've done that.

Slip the clutch a bit for a while and it all goes away. Unless you really destroyed it, but then you'll know after a week.

Starting in 2nd gear helps, too, IMO.
 

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Good point James..

I noticed on my way home that starting in Second was much less gut wrenching, at least till my clutch cooled off a bit..

I think I'll take it easy for the next week or so.. Just to let things cool down :)
 

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MistaRS said:
I was coaching my self on a quick lead.. probably with a dumped launch at around 4,500 revs..
Dont dump the clutch man! You gotta slip it, and dont worry about those damn SI's you can leave them in the dust any day. Be safe out there and keep the tranny in one piece.

Andy
 

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Re: Re: Possible Clutch problem after a street race :(

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Dont dump the clutch man! You gotta slip it, and dont worry about those damn SI's you can leave them in the dust any day. Be safe out there and keep the tranny in one piece.

Andy
yeah, and you should also avoid rear ending accords. i've accidently dumped my clutch a few times but i've never had any real problems, so just take it easy for a bit.
 
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