Joined: Nov 2007
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns
Thanks for the input guys. First I'll pull the speedo and see if I can pry those magnets back as that sounds likely to my engineering mind. If that doesn't do it I'll try a new cable. Barring that I'll check out the speedo gears at the tranny, which I need to change anyway because this 4:10 rear-end is driving me nutts!!!! First gear is a waste, and I'm spinning like 2500 RPM at 55. Yesterday getting on I-40 I hit redline in 4th at just 100MPH. Those of you thinking of getting a 4:10 rear axle ratio in a daily driver think twice.
With this axle ratio I spend so much time shifting that the car isn't fast unless I'm slamming it into each gear like you would at the track or in a drag race and you can' t do that to your T-5 or your clutch all the time, nor would you want to.
Question: Who has disabled the VSS to get the engine to slow down faster thus lowering the time you spend between gears waiting for the revs to match? Do you know what I mean? You have to shift slowly and keep the clutch in for like an extra second or two to wait for your revs to come down so that when you go to the next gear you don't get a lurch. If I didn't have to wait all that time (each shift takes like three seconds) I might be able to deal with the 4:10, but as it is it's three seconds in first, three seconds to shift to second, three seconds in second, three seconds to shift into third, etc. So, unless I'm all the way into it and the shifts are nearly instantaneous, I'm spending as much time between gears as I am accelerating!
It's annoying to people behind me too because if I do use first gear I'm spending three seconds to get into second at barely above walking speed and they're slamming on their brakes to avoid rear-ending me, this blows!