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Old 04-03-2004, 11:28 PM   #1
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power shifting...or is it?

I recently learned about power shifting...well so i think i did. Here is what i think it is: pushing down the clutch without letting off of the gas and shifting into the next gear. I hear that this is supposed to be a little better method for racing or whatever.
Well, i went into a forum and some people were saying that power shifting is when u shift at the ideal rpm's without using the clutch. I have heard of this but i thought the other way was power shifting.
Now, which is the actual power shifting and is the method that i described safe and efficient?
I tried this out and it seems more efficient. I was able to spin my tires into second even more than just shifting really quickly. Is it better to power shift and is it ok for ur car?

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Old 04-03-2004, 11:58 PM   #2
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I've heard power shifting/flat shifting is shifting w/o letting off the accelerator.
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Old 04-04-2004, 12:44 AM   #3
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I always understood it as shifting at the ideal rpm. This is also a handy technique for driving when your clutch goes out.
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Old 04-04-2004, 12:58 AM   #4
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pardon my ignorance, but what is the "ideal rpm"
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Old 04-04-2004, 01:08 AM   #5
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Ideal RPM might have been incorectly used. The way that I understand speed shifting is that there's an RPM (that I think varies from gear to gear) where the gears are close enough to being synchronized that you can switch from one gear to another without hitting clutch or letting off the gas. If you go at the wrong time you won't make the switch, drop into neutral and consequently will lose power. I had to drive like this for about a week when my clutch went out on an old car. I'm not recommending this as a normal way of driving. I would imagine that it causes significant wear on the car. Can anyone verify this, or am I just rambling on and really have no idea what I'm talking about??
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Old 04-04-2004, 04:32 AM   #6
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ive known it as shifting without letting off the gas.
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Hey everyone,
From what I've been told powershifting is when you DO NOT let off the gas when you shift gears. Ideal shifting is when you shift gears at an "IDEAL" rpm where it is not nessesary to press the clutch in to shift from gear to gear. I don't believe that ideal shifting will work when trying to "race". I have shifted using the ideal method when my slave cylinder has gone bad and ideal shifting a car usually is in the 2500-3000 rpm range. As you can see this range of rpm is not going to help when "racing" against someone. However, from personal experience, I would suggest that anyone with a standard shift car practice IDEAL shifting. It is very handy to know just in case something goes wrong with the clutch on your car you would still be able to get it home. As stated above USUALLY the "IDEAL" shift point is around 2500-3000 rpm. Hope this helps :)
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thanks alot guys...i think i understand what power shifting is....if anyone else can comfirm that power shifting is infact shifting without letting off of the accelerator, please do so and explain further in detail...thanks
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Old 04-04-2004, 12:34 PM   #9
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just shift fast and for the most power shift at 6200.....
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Well i dont think shifting the way you guys are saying is good for your clutch..The power shifting that is..If you dont let up the gas ur just spinng the clutch alot faster and will wear down the clutch pretty baddly. Id say just shift at the right RPMs with your clutch...No sense in blowing ur clutch out at low miles...Correct me if im wrong tho..doesnt sound to good.
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