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Old 07-03-2012, 01:52 AM   #1
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DOWN SHIFTING

Ok when coming to a stop do you down shift through the gears or toss it in Nutrual and slow with the brakes Only??????

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Old 07-03-2012, 01:54 AM   #2
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:57 AM   #3
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I go to neutral and use the brakes and never use a downshift to slow down. I figure brake pads are cheaper to replace than to put unecessary wear on the trans. I could have a misunderstanding of this though.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:00 AM   #4
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I do half of each. I start down shifting a gear or two before I decide to throw it into neutral and use the brakes for the remaining distance.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:04 AM   #5
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I pull off into one of those runaway truck pits with the deep sand. Works everytime...
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:07 AM   #6
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I usually downshift, using double clutching and heel and toeing.
On track, I add a little left foot braking too...
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:08 AM   #7
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When I drive a manual I throw in neutral to slow down and use the brakes. This is interesting. So is there any CONS to either or???
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:10 AM   #8
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I do both. Neutral saves gas. Downshifting sounds better and you get the decel pops in each gear .
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:11 AM   #9
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I do both. Neutral saves gas. Downshifting sounds better and you get the decel pops in each gear
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I do both. Neutral saves gas. Downshifting sounds better and you get the decel pops in each gear
Yep. I downshift all the time when I'm on manual mode. Love decel pop.
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Depends on the conditions. I'll do 6th to 4th and 5th to 3rd sometimes, and then I slow the car down in gear with the brakes until the RPM's hit about 1000-1200 and then I clutch-in.

And if I want to make noise, a downshift into 2nd always makes a lot of nice popping.
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Gas is overrated anyways. I wouldn't even use it if my car didn't need it
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Yep. I downshift all the time when I'm on manual mode. Love decel pop.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:17 AM   #14
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I do both. Neutral saves gas. Downshifting sounds better and you get the decel pops in each gear .


Actually neutral does not save gas. It uses more than engine braking.
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By the way, I don't like to be in neutral when coming to a stop incase I need the power instantaneously for any emergency maneuvers.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:33 AM   #17
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:33 AM   #18
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Actually neutral does not save gas. It uses more than engine braking.
Huh? How do you figure when using nuetral lowers rpms thus uses less gas.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:39 AM   #19
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I down shift. I like to listen to the popping the engine makes when it's revving down.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:41 AM   #20
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Huh? How do you figure when using nuetral lowers rpms thus uses less gas.
New engines cut fuel when engine braking. Neutral still uses fuel to idle. It really isn't enough of a difference to really matter however.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:42 AM   #21
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Brakes are cheaper and easier to replace than a clutch.

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When I drive a manual I throw in neutral to slow down and use the brakes. This is interesting. So is there any CONS to either or???
Engine braking is a little more wear on the clutch and driveline components. Using idle wears the brakes a little faster. Which to do is just a matter of opinion and personal preference.
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Huh? How do you figure when using nuetral lowers rpms thus uses less gas.

Nope.

When you put it in neutral, the car uses fuel to keep the engine running. When you engine brake, fuel is cut and the transmission keeps the engine rotating.
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:13 AM   #24
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When driving in tapmode (L99) I'll usually downshift a little earlier than the computer normally would, say around 2000 RPMs, but I also brake, too.
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:36 AM   #25
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Engine braking doesn't use any more fuel than being in neutral. When your foot is off the throttle, the throttle body is shut and only idle level fuel is consumed. However, most people who downshift, blip the throttle between the gears and that does use more fuel. It wouldn't be smart to downshift without blipping the throttle to match engine RPM to transmission speed either since simply letting the clutch out will certainly put strain on the transmission and wear on the clutch. In an urgent stopping situation, downshifting should reduce brake distances. Watch any road race and you will always hear them downshift long before corners....stops faster. I almost always downshift to a usable RPM range since you never know when you might need torque to accelerate away from something...Mustangs or whatever, plus, I like the decel pop as well. That's my opinion.
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