Originally Posted by robert3188
Awesome. So what is so good bout 1st n 2nd bein close?
Getting the car moving and keeping it moving. Try shifting from 1st to 3rd sometime and you'll see what I mean.
In an ideal scenario you would want each gear change to keep your RPM's in a certain range without them falling off too much, but that would lead to too many frequent gear changes for street driven cars, so the manufacturers have to compromise a bit to keep the buyers happy.
Example: Here is a ratio set I use in an online drag racing game to keep my virtual Mustang in it's power band.
1st Gear - 2.936
2nd Gear - 2.40
3rd Gear - 1.90
4th Gear - 1.60
5th Gear - 1.31
Rearend Gear - 3.08
Compare it to the actual ratio of your transmission and you will see what I mean.