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anyone heard if the sti has an indicator to tell you which gear the trans is- in?. the race models have them. :roll: :roll:
 

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Ken Reich said:
anyone heard if the sti has an indicator to tell you which gear the trans is- in?
yeah, it's the little diagram on the shift knob. :) seriously though, it's not going to have that. i'm guessing the race versions need it because they've got sequential shifters. (makes you wonder why motorcycles don't have this. or do they? it's been years since i've been on a bike.)
 

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Man, I'd love to have a gear indicator.

When I ride my dirtbike (KX250) and really get into it, I totally lose track of what gear I'm in...
 

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i have a 2004 sti ordered,should be here middle of may,trying to peice together what the car will come equiped with, i have a s-2000 honda ,and ive always felt the indicator light would be a great item for the six speed boxes, :p
 

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Come on guys - a gear indicator? You should know what gear you are at all times - I guess you have never raced your cars then. What next, a light that tells you which way to turn, a light to tell you when to brake, a light to tell you when to shift... OK bad example. :lol:
 

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Well, if I drive the car like I drive my bike I most likely will need a gear indicator.

Actually, it would just be kind of coo....
 

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I have a light that tells me when to turn... it's a little green arrow... I always do what it says... sometimes it doesn't make sense though...
 

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in response to the comment "you should always know what gear your in" thats why the indicator would be nice, I guess the rally drivers would just guess without the indicator, :oops:
 

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Ken Reich said:
...I guess the rally drivers would just guess without the indicator, :oops:
i'd bet the only reason rally cars with sequential shift have displays is for when they have an off and stall the car.
 

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When I was watching the Rally XS of the Rally of Sweden on the Speed Channel, they had a little 5-minute bit on the tranny of the 04 Impreza WRC. It is in fact NOT a sequential transmission, but an H-pattern with paddle shift from Prodrive. I didn't see anything about it on the Prodrive website, but I believe everything I see on television...
 

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It is in fact NOT a sequential transmission, but an H-pattern with paddle shift from Prodrive.
hmm. that's surprising. i guess they must be able to get fast enough shifts to be competitive. i wonder if the h-pattern is a wrc requirement; are the other teams using an h-patter tranny?
 

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Nicky Grist (which was doing the commentary) said the other teams use a sequential system like a motorbike version. He also said the Subaru tranny "will take you from 1st to 6th and back to 1st again in the same time it takes you to change one gear in an average sports car".
 

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Nicky Grist (which was doing the commentary) said the other teams use a sequential system like a motorbike version. He also said the Subaru tranny "will take you from 1st to 6th and back to 1st again in the same time it takes you to change one gear in an average sports car".
I kind of like that level of interaction, but I've never driven a performance-type car.

What's the consensus of the short gears amongst you experienced drivers?
 

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Uh.....gear indicator? Okay...... :roll:

If you are manually shifting any vehicle in a non sequential pattern, this should be a no brainer. The only reason an indicator would EVER be needed is if you cannot directly tell from the position of a shift lever and speed which gear you are in.
 

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...the Subaru tranny "will take you from 1st to 6th and back to 1st again in the same time it takes you to change one gear in an average sports car".
did he mean 1,2,3,4,5,6,5,4,3,2,1? my first reaction is "that's impossible". that's about 50ms per shift. then i recalled that a few years ago, it was reported that ferrari's f1 tranny could do shifts in <25ms! anyway, i'd love to see the machinery that converts lever pulls to h-pattern gear changes.

and btw, how the heck did i miss rally xs!? :evil: when was it shown? i hope they'll replay it between rallies.
 

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He's saying the way the tranny is setup, it can go from 6 to 1, just like you can with a standard manual. This would be the huge advantage of the H-shape instead of the sequential that you would have to click all the way through.
 

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You want a shift indicator? You have one....the sound of the engine (and you can even combine that with the tach). Why does it matter what gear you are in? The appropriate gear is decided by the engine RPM. If the revs go to high, upshift. If the revs are too low, downshift. Now someone tell me why it matters what gear you are in.

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