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Old 12-21-2005, 10:13 AM   #11
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I always turn it off when I race. Responds a bit better and accelerates a bit better as well.
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Old 12-21-2005, 10:19 AM   #12
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For most AutoX, you might just want to put it in 1st and keep it there. For many Solo courses, the time you'll lose by hitting the limiter is a lot less than the time you'd spend shifting between gears...
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Old 12-21-2005, 03:40 PM   #13
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I'm pretty sure the shifting is the same if you have it floored for overdrive on and off, I also highly doubt you'll need 4th gear. In autocross it helps to turn off overdrive, that way you don't have to worry about it trying to use 4th. I don't think it would be that good to leave it in 1st the whole time, I always got too much wheels spin out of corners when it dropped to 1st. So, for drag it doesn't matter, Auto-X turn it off.
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^^^You can control the wheelspin with practice, but you can't overcome the ATX's shifting decisions quite so effectively.
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Old 12-21-2005, 04:29 PM   #15
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ok , o/d doesnot I REPEAT have any effect on your performance NONE!

if you do not want the tranny to shift into 4th gear then turn it off, o/d is nothing but 4th gear.when u get on it while cruising if you shut it off you WILL be in the power band faster.

that is all.
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Old 12-22-2005, 07:45 PM   #16
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well said^^^
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Old 12-26-2005, 03:04 PM   #17
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In the snow

In Canada here I like to compete with other ppl in empty parking lots when its snowy... which is most of the time in winter. I usually turn off the o/d simply so that when I take my foot off the gas, the transmission won't shift into fourth... whenever you take your foot off the gas, the tranny shifts up. I turn it off so it wont go into fourth, and then back to second again when i step on the gas. And of course in city driving i turn it off, good for the trees. That's just my 3 cents.
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Old 12-27-2005, 02:59 PM   #18
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Down shifting from 4th to 3rd when you need to get into your power band, will make you get from point A-B faster...


so technically, it makes you faster..........especially on the interstate, that passing speed it right on tap, instead of waiting for the tranny to downshift after you punch it, which isn't so easy on the motor mounts or the tranny.....I just started driving with the O/D off unless I am cruising on the freeway......but I downshift it to pass or something. But don't hold it into 3rd for a long time, as thats bad.
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