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Proper down-shift points?

I'm trying to figure out what speeds I can drop into lower gears at, I try to rev match but I'm still getting used to the car, esp the crazy high clutch. My last car was an automatic, and @ 25-30 I could drop it into first no problem and do a "moon-shot", on the GT-500 manual there is a lot of resistance at just 20-25 trying to go back into first, is this normal? I don't want to "FORCE" the shift as to me that would be grinding it, or does it just require you to actually use more muscle because you are going to such a lower gear?

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I don't drive a GT500 (which has much taller gearing than a 3.31 GT due to the gear ratios), but the 1st gear resistance seems par for the course in most manuals I've driven. I generally don't put it in 1st if the car is moving faster than a crawl. 1st gear = starting/launching and parking lots.

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Your owners manual contains this information. And I agree Macabre on when to shift into first. Shifting into first at 25-30 to do a "moon shot" is not too smart.
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If I wanted 1st at 20 MPH, I would probably double-clutch.

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You generally will never ever do a downshift to 1st...at least I don't know why you'd want to, unless you just really want to buy some new drivetrain parts.

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You generally will never ever do a downshift to 1st...
This right here. You should never have to downshift into first unless you have come to a complete stop or your car is severely underpowered.
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Why downshift unless for fun? You have a clutch pedal and brake pedal to slow down and stop

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Why downshift unless for fun? You have a clutch pedal and brake pedal to slow down and stop

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I downshift every time I'm slowing down or stopping.
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I just do it to be obnoxious lol I thought it was pretty bad for the transmission

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Precisely for the "fun" down-shift then boom, I guess in manual it's too risky vs automatic though, so I won't do it.
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Why downshift? It's the standard procedure when you're going to take a turn...heel-toe then turn...unless I'm just weird

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Why downshift? It's the standard procedure when you're going to take a turn...heel-toe then turn...unless I'm just weird
But not to 1st (unless you're going obscenely slow).
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Downshift to 1st? :s
w/ the 3.73s I barely have a use for 1st as it is, let alone downshifting.
For street driving though, why not just use the brakes? Cheaper to replace than a clutch. . . Food for thought.

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Cheaper to replace than a clutch. . . Food for thought.
If you downshift correctly you won't increase wear on the clutch.

And that's NOT by dropping it down a gear then dragging the engine up to speed with the clutch...
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It all just seems unnecessary, when you can pop the clutch in and hit the brakes. There's a difference between turning a corner and down shifting, but why go 5,4,3,2 turn,2,3,4,5 when you Can easily 5, apply brakes, turn 2,3,4,5. Same for stopping . I guess to each his own, I'm the kind of person that skips 4th a lot in the city....

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