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Old August 3rd, 2003, 05:31 PM   #1
richard
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proper gear

When slowing to about 10 mph, on a slight upgrade, is it better to shift into 2nd gear rather than 1st gear?
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Old August 3rd, 2003, 08:46 PM   #2
Kevin C. (Saratoga, CA)
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I would definitely go to 1st. *NM*

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Old August 3rd, 2003, 09:09 PM   #3
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Re: I would definitely go to 1st.

You would shift into 1st gear at 10 mph, isn't that hard on 1st gear synchro?
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Old August 3rd, 2003, 09:54 PM   #4
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I routinely go to 1st gear when I am slowing

and will be continuing to drive. I also do a throttle blip when doing this. If I was really worried about it then just I'd do a true double-clutch to bring the synchro up to speed instead blipping the throttle.

Either way, so long as one doesn't force the gear things should be just fine.
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Old August 3rd, 2003, 10:10 PM   #5
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Re: I routinely go to 1st gear when I am slowing

What is wrong with 2nd and feathering the gas until up to a reasonable speed? Seems this is better than downshifting to 1st and putting wear on the synchro.
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Old August 3rd, 2003, 10:24 PM   #6
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The true answer is to do what you feel most comfortable with.

If you won't be lugging the engine in 2nd gear then it's fine. So is going to 1st gear. Use the method you feel most comfortable with.
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Old August 3rd, 2003, 10:37 PM   #7
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Re: The true answer is to do what you feel most comfortable with.

I assume by feathering the gas I won't be lugging the engine, do you agree?
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Old August 3rd, 2003, 10:46 PM   #8
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Re: The true answer is to do what you feel most comfortable with.

Probably not lugging by feathering, but sounds like you'll be wearing your clutch disc.
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Old August 3rd, 2003, 10:48 PM   #9
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Re: The true answer is to do what you feel most comfortable with.

Correction, not feathering the clutch, just applying very little gas.
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Old August 4th, 2003, 07:32 AM   #10
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Either one is fine...

as long as you're not lugging the engine. And since you seem to prefer 2nd gear...go with 2nd gear!
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