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Old 11-06-2006, 09:12 PM   #1
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Question for the std drivers?

question for the standard drivers?
when slowing down do you primarily

A. downshift to slow down

B. throw it in neutral and use the brakes
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Re: Question for the std drivers?

neutral and brakes... depends though

On the interstate to just slow down ill let the engine do it, around town I dont engine brake, wastes gas.
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Re: Question for the std drivers?

At the track or on the highway I do a combination

around town I just use brakes.. but I don't put it in neutral and hit the brakes, I push the clutch in and get the shifter ready in whichever gear I'd need.. <-- unless coming to a stop
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Re: Question for the std drivers?

I do both when I am driving a manual.
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Re: Question for the std drivers?

I normally put it in neutral, every once in a while I might do engine braking just for the sound lol.
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Re: Question for the std drivers?

in the cobra, i usually downshift into 3rd, then pop it in neutral, unless i have to come to a stop quickly and make my presence known, then i will go into 2nd.

in the GT, i will always downshift and slow down more using the engine, unless im lazy then i might just pop it into neutral after 3rd.
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Re: Question for the std drivers?

With no cops around, I down shift around town...only because it is a sound that requires a towel afterwards. If there is a po po like the one trying to peel the dirt off my rear bumper today, then I do the neutral and brakes.
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Re: Question for the std drivers?

brakes are easier to replace than clutches, so I usually stick to the brakes, but, the engine is fun sometimes
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Re: Question for the std drivers?

Just depends on the mood I am in.
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Re: Question for the std drivers?

I downshift until I have to brake then while I'm braking I downshifting into the gear that I want to use at whatever speed I'm at, but I never just stick it in Neutral.
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Re: Question for the std drivers?

A little bit of both. Usually the only time I downshift though is if I'm slowing down coming in to a turn or something and I'm about to be using that gear anyway. Otherwise, it's neutral all the way.
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With no cops around, I down shift around town...only because it is a sound that requires a towel afterwards. If there is a po po like the one trying to peel the dirt off my rear bumper today, then I do the neutral and brakes.
dude you live in louisiana, i thought only in cali do cops give a **** what your car sounds like.............
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dude you live in louisiana, i thought only in cali do cops give a **** what your car sounds like.............
With an offroad X, NY tags, expired NY inspection, and no valid NY registration documents (although my reggy is valid, they don't forward those documents and won't ship them to out of state addresses), I don't want to pull any un-needed attention.

I have had a couple of cops pull u turns when I was down shifting to stop when I didn't see them...don't need to push my luck. lol
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Re: Question for the std drivers?

I put it in neutral and slow down with the brake when comming to a stop. If I am not going to come to a full stop I just push in the clutch and wait to select my gear.

Its much worse to use the tranny to slow you down, dont do it.
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A little bit of both. Usually the only time I downshift though is if I'm slowing down coming in to a turn or something and I'm about to be using that gear anyway. Otherwise, it's neutral all the way.
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Re: Question for the std drivers?

Downshift under normal braking. Throw it in neutral and slam on the brakes in a panic stop. That was in my old truck when I almost always drove into a panic stop situation. But I don't drive standard too much anymore.
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Its much worse to use the tranny to slow you down, dont do it.
No...because it sounds so nice....(I only go down 1 gear at a time anyhow...not like it is a 6th-3rd drop at 55)
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well I just mean in pure whats best for the car terms
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I put it in neutral and slow down with the brake when comming to a stop. If I am not going to come to a full stop I just push in the clutch and wait to select my gear.

Its much worse to use the tranny to slow you down, dont do it.
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