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Old 09-20-2010, 08:10 PM   #1
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SVT Gear ratios.

Hi everybody, this is my first post. I'm considering a 2003 SVT. A review I read, believe it was of a 2002, said one of the few things they didn't like about the car was that it was geared too high. I believe there was a comment along the lines of "With the car able to exceed the legal limit in 2nd, what do you need the rest of the gears for?" So what I'd like to know is do you find the gearing to be too tall? If so, is it just a minor issue, or can it be a pain in the butt at times? Thanks.


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Old 09-20-2010, 09:44 PM   #2
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Yes the gears are long but are perfect for the twisties. At 65 mph u would be tachin 2,500rpm and 75mph at 3,000rpm but with the gears u can grab powerband easily no matter how fast ur runnin. And its nice to watch people miss 2nd gear while ur still in first. They are good and bad
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Thanks Demented. I'm going to test drive the car sometime this week, so I can find out for myself, but it's not always possible to get a really good feel for the car during a short test drive with the owner jabbering away in the passenger seat.
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Old 09-24-2010, 01:41 AM   #4
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Yes like he said. They are tall, about 40 in first and about 70 in second. With out being boosted this doesn't help on the strip, but it helps in the curves like crazy!
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Its funny too. I find that 6th is way to short. But agreed. the gears make the twistys faaaantastic.
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:20 AM   #6
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^^^6th isn't even overdrive in our cars!

See here for the chart.
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but they are great for autocross!
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The gears are really long but its really nice when your in the twisties and it makes autocross amazing. You could go through the entire course in second and never leave the power band. Sixth gear is really nice to. it lets you get really good gas mileage if you want though if you get this car i can guarantee you wont for a little while. haha
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:43 PM   #9
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And, the fact that the stock tune has very little bottom end power makes the gearing seem taller than it actually is. With a good tune, the car moves pretty well in the lower gears without excessive clutch slippage. More blame on engine than gearing to me.
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I love going through the turns and knowing I have my powerband right there where I need it especially for the stock svt thats kinda the best your going to do for the setup
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