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Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« on: March 06, 2013, 09:57:55 AM »
So if there's one thing I've noticed whipping my car around in the snow this winter it's that the toggle button for "Traction Control" doesn't fully turn off Traction Control.  It kicks back in RIGHT when things are about to get fun.  Is there a way to have this function completely disabled by pressing that button?

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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2013, 10:00:04 AM »
Might be easier to pull a fuse if there's one dedicated to that function.

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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2013, 11:20:13 AM »
I'd say pulling the fuse if there's one would be the easiest and quickest way.
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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2013, 11:23:41 AM »
Did you hold it? I know on STIs if you click it once it goes to green then if you hold it for 3 secs it goes to yellow. (colors might be the other way around)
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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2013, 11:41:06 AM »
Fuse sounds like a good idea, though I'd prefer to have it be controlled from the button itself instead of pulling it every time I want "FUN" engaged.  I haven't tried holding the button in, though.  When I press to turn it "OFF", a yellow light that has the Car with the Tire Marks behind it comes up on the dash in Yellow/Orange.  It says "OFF" on the light.  I haven't tried pressing and holding it to FULLY disengage it though... but from what I've read, it doesn't work like that on these Imprezas.

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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2013, 11:53:36 AM »
If you took out the fuse, you could just leave it out(forever) lol
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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2013, 12:12:09 PM »
This:
If you took out the fuse, you could just leave it out(forever) lol

You could also wire a switch really quite easily (to kill power as the fuse pull would). 

Presumably, if this switch isn't super fancy with multiple functions, we're talking 2 wires...  plus, mysterious unlabeled switches on your dash equal extra cool points:


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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2013, 12:59:28 PM »
Good info from Tony ftw. 

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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2013, 01:13:18 PM »
RTFM for the win.

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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2013, 01:49:21 PM »
There's a big topic on this on the national forums.  Basically, no, there is no way to fully turn it off.  If you pull the fuse you lose a LOT.

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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2013, 02:20:11 PM »
I see... so even if I disable VDC, "components of the brake control system may still activate. When the brake control system is activated, the Vehicle Dynamics Control operation indicator light flashes."

I was going to check there next, Xafen.  Have they found a way around it?  Some kind of mod to disable it without killing the car?

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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2013, 02:39:34 PM »

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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2013, 02:40:30 PM »
LOL, it takes an army... but apparently it still isn't enough.

Oh well!  We'll figure something out someday!  By then, I'll have a turbo in it.  :P

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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2013, 08:52:29 PM »
I'm shocked that the 'current' generation WRX still allowed 'all off' traction control. Not that I mind.  ;)

I've always had a pet theory that it might be the last WRX model without a whole bunch of nannies...that don't turn off.

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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2013, 10:40:27 AM »
I'm shocked that the 'current' generation WRX still allowed 'all off' traction control. Not that I mind.  ;)

I've always had a pet theory that it might be the last WRX model without a whole bunch of nannies...that don't turn off.

I'm not so sure it is fully off. I've noticed a few times that even with it turned off, it still feels like something is holding me back some. I'm thinking pulling the ABS fuse will likely do the trick for anything else that may remain.

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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2013, 10:44:44 AM »
Mine does to Jon, if I'm past 45 degrees of yaw fully off it comes on for sure although I can still spin all 4 tires so just yaw control activates.


I'm shocked that the 'current' generation WRX still allowed 'all off' traction control. Not that I mind.  ;)

I've always had a pet theory that it might be the last WRX model without a whole bunch of nannies...that don't turn off.

I'm not so sure it is fully off. I've noticed a few times that even with it turned off, it still feels like something is holding me back some. I'm thinking pulling the ABS fuse will likely do the trick for anything else that may remain.
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Re: Fully Disabled Traction Control?
« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2013, 04:44:12 PM »
I know on the BRZ, there is an unpublished procedure involving the handbrake to fully disable traction control VDC.  The Impreza might have similar.  I'd have to check the FT-86 board for it.  The only thing the button doesn't turn off for me, though is some variable assist feature in the brakes that can interfere with some track applications.
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