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Old 11-28-2007, 12:28 PM   #1
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Downshifting Pros/Cons

I'm just curious because the way I learned to slow down to a STOP, was to downshift along with rev matching. I always downshift to 3rd and 2nd and rev match to smoothen it. I dont do 1st at all on the Mustang but i do SOMETIMES on my focus, I guess it depends on the car/tranny. I do it, to save my brakes, and to also stop faster, but what are the pros/cons.

My other question is, when downshifting/engine breaking, do i waste more gas?


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Old 11-28-2007, 12:31 PM   #2
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here are some threads on this

rev matching?

Downshift?
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ya youll waste more gas...rev matching is better for the tranny then straight downshifting.

i do it to. better on brakes and i dont see any massive downsides.
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A clutch is more expensive to replace and service than brakes, so that would be the major downside, more wear on the clutch.

I do it quite a lot though, but that's simply because I try to stay in practice for autocrossing and refining my heel/toe technique.
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A clutch is more expensive to replace and service than brakes, so that would be the major downside, more wear on the clutch.

I do it quite a lot though, but that's simply because I try to stay in practice for autocrossing and refining my heel/toe technique.
+1 on message as well as reason. It's not easier on the car, its mostly for showing off - even if its just for yourself. I still do it.
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+1 on message as well as reason. It's not easier on the car, its mostly for showing off - even if its just for yourself. I still do it.
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I confuss I also do it though.. It sounds Cool with my exhaust... Goosh I sound like a ricer haha... I love to hear my exhaust POP.. I nicknamed in Poopy..
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and another point that nobody ever mentions is that you maintain full control of the vehicle when you are downshifting. If, for whatever reason, you had to quickly accelerate, you would have a tough time doing it if you weren't in the proper gear (or no gear at all...).

I think it's actually illegal to coast to a stop for that reason (not that they could ever prove it...)
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downshifting is now only for showing off? wtf?
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hey Derrick, how would u waste more gas? if ur allowing the tranny to slow urself down but ur not putting anything on the gas, how is it using more gas than putting it in Neutral? the only way more fuel goes into the motor is if the car is running lean or ur throttle is open... in this case ur throttle is closed so u really wouldnt waste much more if any more gas
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hey Derrick, how would u waste more gas? if ur allowing the tranny to slow urself down but ur not putting anything on the gas, how is it using more gas than putting it in Neutral? the only way more fuel goes into the motor is if the car is running lean or ur throttle is open... in this case ur throttle is closed so u really wouldnt waste much more if any more gas

If you put it in Neutral, do the RPMs go up? If you downshift, do the RPMs go up?
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