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Old 03-30-2010, 12:33 PM   #1
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Tap shift

ok i just upgraded from the v6 to the v8 a couple weeks ago and in the v6 when i used tapshift it downshifts by itself all the way to first gear. in the v8 while using tapshit when i come to a complete stop it stays in 2nd gear is that normal?

and with the v6 from a stop you could only be in 2nd gear, with the v8 i can start in 3rd is that normal? and my last question while you are using the paddle shifters is AFM turned off?
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:47 PM   #2
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when you are using tap shift,you hand shift to first.the afm does not shut off.i never use it.i find it more fun to put it in "S" mode.more responsive.oh yes with the tap shift you can start in whatever gear you want.
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:50 PM   #4
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for example im in 6th gear doing 60mph while in tap shift. i come to a complete stop without touching the shifter it suppose to downshift. the v6 downshift all the way back to 1st gear by itself. and the v8 downshifts to 2nd not first.
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:53 PM   #5
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To your question ... The SS only downshifts to 2nd and the LT downshifts to 1st. If you want 1st in the SS you have to Tap it there yourself ...
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:57 PM   #6
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To your question ... The SS only downshifts to 2nd and the LT downshifts to 1st. If you want 1st in the SS you have to Tap it there yourself ...
i wonder why. if your using tapshift i doubt your really trying to save gas. but you can if you want to because it will let you shift up to 3rd gear from a dead stop
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:04 PM   #7
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i wonder why. if your using tapshift i doubt your really trying to save gas. but you can if you want to because it will let you shift up to 3rd gear from a dead stop
Just one of those things that GM did to improve on the overall mileage of the car as all OEM's have to maintain a minimum CAFE (Corp Avg Fuel Economy) rating over the entire line and every little bit helps in that regard.

To answer another question you had in your first post. I find the AFM very rarely engages when in M mode. And always engages in D or S.
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:23 PM   #8
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Tapshift does only downshift to 2nd. It is is the manual.

RTFM!! LOL! ;-P
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:27 PM   #9
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Does Tapshift mode rev on downshifts?
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:43 PM   #10
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Does Tapshift mode rev on downshifts?
I can only base off of what my LT does, but the answer would be yes if downshifted manually ... But the computer will only let you do it within a certain RPM range. If the RPM is to high the computer denies the shift ...
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:04 PM   #11
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Does Tapshift mode rev on downshifts?
It does on my SS. Really nicely too!
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:57 PM   #12
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i wonder why. if your using tapshift i doubt your really trying to save gas. but you can if you want to because it will let you shift up to 3rd gear from a dead stop
One reason might be the very short distance you can move in first before shifting ---- about 3/4 of the way across most intersections. I find second gear works great for "normal" starts and if you use first gear --- be ready to shift in about 50 feet!
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One reason might be the very short distance you can move in first before shifting ---- about 3/4 of the way across most intersections. I find second gear works great for "normal" starts and if you use first gear --- be ready to shift in about 50 feet!

Sooooo true! but MAN does it launch nicely in first!! LOL!
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If No one answered YOU... yes that is normal.... I got back in mine today after a Nov 1st lay-off till Today Mar 30th storage,,,,and only had 670 miles on it... but remembered you have to DROP it to 1st.... it'll stop at 2nd when in tap shift... and it'll be something to toy with to learn... man...just un-bagged mine after 5 months. it has 680 miles on it and started right up...and smells NEW
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Did you paid off the v6 first then upgrade to v8. cuz i want the v8 too. But I'm making my first month payment right now lol.
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Yes, it's to improve gas mileage. 1st gear is VERY aggressive on the L99, but hey I'm not complaining.
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ok so let me ask this question...in a drag race would you be better off in auto drive or tapshift manuel? will tapshift let you rev the engine to a higher rpm?

i usually dont use tapshift due to the fact that i have to have two hands on the wheel lol
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ok so let me ask this question...in a drag race would you be better off in auto drive or tapshift manuel? will tapshift let you rev the engine to a higher rpm?

i usually dont use tapshift due to the fact that i have to have two hands on the wheel lol
I have experimented with this many times. The shift programming is way better in S mode than either M or D. It's crazy. You would think M mode would be the most aggressive/quickest shifting but when in S mode it shifts much quicker and faster AND at the exact same rpm every shift.

I still spend most of my time in M tho as I hate how soon they program the upshifts in S. I could be in 6th gear by 30mph!!
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ok so let me ask this question...in a drag race would you be better off in auto drive or tapshift manuel? will tapshift let you rev the engine to a higher rpm?

i usually dont use tapshift due to the fact that i have to have two hands on the wheel lol
I believe I get the best drag launches in S mode and let the tranny do the shifting. It always starts in first and doesn't miss shifts/overrev. I hit the rev limiter and fuel shut-off too often in M (tap-shift) mode when trying to launch hard. Havn't been to the track yet so would like to hear what OP think.
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Did you paid off the v6 first then upgrade to v8. cuz i want the v8 too. But I'm making my first month payment right now lol.
i traded mine in, i was going to wait a couple months, but i started to think. all the rental car places are going to start to get rid of their camaros and its going to flood the market dropping the trade in value
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I believe I get the best drag launches in S mode and let the tranny do the shifting. It always starts in first and doesn't miss shifts/overrev. I hit the rev limiter and fuel shut-off too often in M (tap-shift) mode when trying to launch hard. Havn't been to the track yet so would like to hear what OP think.
I would rather let the car shift itself in S mode, but if you tap shift it down to first gear, you are forced to tap shift through the remaining gears, right? If you don't tap down to first, you will do a second gear launch.
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:05 AM   #22
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I would rather let the car shift itself in S mode, but if you tap shift it down to first gear, you are forced to tap shift through the remaining gears, right? If you don't tap down to first, you will do a second gear launch.
You're partly right -- if you tap up OR down you must continue to use the tap shift to UPSHIFT (it automatically downshifts to second). BUT if you just select S (without touching tapshift) it will start in first.
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I have experimented with this many times. The shift programming is way better in S mode than either M or D. It's crazy. You would think M mode would be the most aggressive/quickest shifting but when in S mode it shifts much quicker and faster AND at the exact same rpm every shift.

I still spend most of my time in M tho as I hate how soon they program the upshifts in S. I could be in 6th gear by 30mph!!

ok awesome! i havent tried S mode yet...kinda just found out about it the other day hahaha

ok so is it better to leave TC/StabT on during S mode or better to turn it off?
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ok awesome! i havent tried S mode yet...kinda just found out about it the other day hahaha

ok so is it better to leave TC/StabT on during S mode or better to turn it off?
You will find that TC is very intrusive/sensitive and can be a buzzkill at the party. Tho, I leave it on unless I'm gonna get real frisky and have checked for presence first.

Stability Control is for keeping the car from stepping out or otherwise yawing one way or the other. Turn it off only if your are really good at keeping the rear end in check and can handle a drift really well. Competitive Mode has reduced levels for both but is still active, just to a lesser degree.

I am still waiting on CO's before going to the track so I have not really tested competitive mode fully.

You will find that the right pedal is very addictive and can lead to severely reduced rear tire life! In this view, TC can be your friend... YRMV.
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played around in S mode for the past couple of days and OH MAN! it is so much fun to drive in! its like there is a 2nd engine under the hood its awesome!
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