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Hello, I have a question, hopefully you guys can help me, once or twice a month, I drive my mustang GT 2007, from my town to the beach, which is about 300 miles away, so I was wondering if shifting as I shift (5000-6400 RPMs), every month in my trips ( 4 hours at least per trip) would have a significant damage on the car engine. What do you think?
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alot of people will say beating on a car will make it wear faster....but i believe that as long as you dont take it past the factor limit (redline) then your car should be fine...bc car manufactures test engines at high rpms to ensure they will last...and simply pu they wouldnt sell a engine that cannot stand up to being reved....

but the fact is...revs do kill motors... if your motor is at 2000rpms...or 6000rpms its still wearing down the engine....obviously when your reving your motor at 6000rpms...your motor will have more total revs in its lifetime..which does create more wear...

but once again, i do not belive it is too significant that you should worry about..

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o forgot to mention that it may not hurt the engine itself...but other components in the car may not stand up to the beating forever...like transmission, rear-end, brakes...but once again nothing really that you should worry about...mustangs are very solid cars
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Hello, I have a question, hopefully you guys can help me, once or twice a month, I drive my mustang GT 2007, from my town to the beach, which is about 300 miles away, so I was wondering if shifting as I shift (5000-6400 RPMs), every month in my trips ( 4 hours at least per trip) would have a significant damage on the car engine. What do you think?

Oh don't be silly. The motor is bomb proof. I have been runig my stock motor with a KB at 475hp ad do nothig but beat it relentlessly.

Make sure the car is all the way warm befor beating on it, chage the il whe recomended and go have some fu. You could shift that car at 6K every time for 100K miles ad not have a probem.
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lets say if i drive around the city in second gear at around 4000 to 5000 rpms for long periods of time? it this just a bad idea?
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lets say if i drive around the city in second gear at around 4000 to 5000 rpms for long periods of time? it this just a bad idea?
You won't get close to hurting that sucker. When I am crusing around town I am at about 3500rpm's and that is with the blower.

My irst 5.0 was a 79' Capri that had 120,000 miles on it when I got it. I hammered that thing to death for another 40,000+ miles before i sold it to someoe else. I the meatime it got ported 69' 302 heads, Dual plane Eddlebrock, 650 double pumper, full Mac front to back and a 4.10. It never used oil, smoked, etc. And I beat that sucker like "Betty Crocker Cake Mix"........and the new motors are so much better it's incredible.

Go pound o that thing, have some fun!
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hmmm really? i feel sorta bad when i drive around in second gear at 5000rpms........but it just sounds so dang good. got to love that v-8 sound.
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Oh don't be silly. The motor is bomb proof. I have been runig my stock motor with a KB at 475hp ad do nothig but beat it relentlessly.

Make sure the car is all the way warm befor beating on it, chage the il whe recomended and go have some fu. You could shift that car at 6K every time for 100K miles ad not have a probem.
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I wouldn't get in the habit of constantly shifting at 6400 rpm.
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lets say if i drive around the city in second gear at around 4000 to 5000 rpms for long periods of time? it this just a bad idea?

that might be a bad idea lol...i mean its okay to take it up there...then shift...but there is just no point to stay at 5000rpms....
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Hello, I have a question, hopefully you guys can help me, once or twice a month, I drive my mustang GT 2007, from my town to the beach, which is about 300 miles away, so I was wondering if shifting as I shift (5000-6400 RPMs), every month in my trips ( 4 hours at least per trip) would have a significant damage on the car engine. What do you think?
I know it can take the revs, but i don't really understand what the OP is asking, why would you HAVE to rev it at 5000-6400 on a long trip. I've gone on 4 and 5 hour trips and never gone over 3 grand. As durable as these engines are, I feel safe to say that an engine that was not constantly revved at the line will last at least a little longer than one that was. You can go ahead and rev it, i just don't get why you have to in order to finish the long trip.
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