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Old 05-29-2014, 07:34 AM   #1
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Are you a down shifter or a coaster?

Red light, stop sign, turning left and right, traffic jams, slow *** tractors, I can't help it. I'm a downshifter. Not obnoxiously...ok maybe sometimes. But I know a lot of coasters. Which method of stopping tickles your pickles?
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:40 AM   #2
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Coaster. Brake pads are cheaper than a clutch

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Pfsh. All four of my brake pads combined are nearly $500. Any time I've ever changed my brake pads I do all of them.
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Someone saw you coming from a ways away

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You'll hear me before you see me lol
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Both. I coast allot but downshift turning usually... OR if I am in the mood to hear the sweet gurgle of the exhaust from the downshift!
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:22 AM   #7
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i coast way more than downshifting. but that may change once i install my axlebacks...
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:22 AM   #8
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I down shift id say 90 percent of the time it just comes natural it was how I was taught
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whats the major advantages/disadvantages of each?

i pretty much learned to drive a stick on my own, and i would def. like to preserve tranny/clutch as much as possible.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:02 AM   #10
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My dad used to tell me (not saying this is true, because I honestly don't know) that skipping gears isn't good for the transmission. But like I said, don't hold me to that. I, too, would like to know if there are disadvantages to downshifting all the time.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:28 AM   #11
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If you use engine braking, just make sure to rev-match when you down shift. No worries.

Now, if you are driving and just start dropping gears without blipping the throttle, that could eventually cause issues.

I always rev match a down shift. It's something I have done since before I had my license, racing quads and bikes to prevent the back tire(s) from locking up. It's just common sense.


As for skipping gears, it's perfectly fine. Some cars even have skip shift for better fuel mileage. My Z28 had a 1-4 lock out if you weren't getting on it. So just taking off normally in first, 2nd and 3rd would be locked out and 4th would be available. I would always drive it in 2nd and 5th in town, or go 2nd to 6th. Sometimes even 1st to 6th getting on the highway.

In my Mustang, I usually just go 1,4,6 getting on the highway.

When doing this, you also need to rev match, otherwise you will be giving the synchros a hard time and they will then fail prematurely.
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I rarely engine brake. I would much rather replace my brake pads than my clutch, even though I need to replace all of that fairly soon.

The times I do downshift and engine brake are on steep downhills, but then I'm also on the brakes, not just the engine. I do a lot of city driving when at home in Sacramento so I coast a lot with the clutch in.
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:45 PM   #13
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I rarely engine brake. I would much rather replace my brake pads than my clutch, even though I need to replace all of that fairly soon.

The times I do downshift and engine brake are on steep downhills, but then I'm also on the brakes, not just the engine. I do a lot of city driving when at home in Sacramento so I coast a lot with the clutch in.

I thought coasting with the clutch in was a bad thing? That doesn't wear down the clutch?
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I down shift id say 90 percent of the time it just comes natural it was how I was taught

I love the sound of down shifting almost as much as accelerating
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I thought coasting with the clutch in was a bad thing? That doesn't wear down the clutch?
i thought the same???
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I thought coasting with the clutch in was a bad thing? That doesn't wear down the clutch?

Clutch in or in neutral. It depends on if I can tell if the light is going to change soon.

People say that coasting with the clutch in wears out the throw out bearing faster. But let's be real, what Mustang doesn't already have a crappy throw out bearing that needs replacing?
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Which method of stopping tickles your pickles?
Depends on how much I've had to drink.
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Depends on how much I've had to drink.

Trees count too I guess hahaha.

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Clutch in or in neutral. It depends on if I can tell if the light is going to change soon.

People say that coasting with the clutch in wears out the throw out bearing faster. But let's be real, what Mustang doesn't already have a crappy throw out bearing that needs replacing?

Not mine!!! Considering I just replaced it lol
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I was always taught no clutch wear if it is 100% OUT or 100% IN. But if your foot is not completely off or completely on, there is wear.

I EOC to coast, engine brake for braking.

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everytime I drive a standard car I put it in neutral and coast then just pick the gear for my speed when I need to accelerate...
I used to drive truck for a while... after double clutching forever you tend to just want an auto
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everytime I drive a standard car I put it in neutral and coast then just pick the gear for my speed when I need to accelerate...
I used to drive truck for a while... after double clutching forever you tend to just want an auto

That just takes all the fun out of the manual though
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True, if the clutch is all the way in, the clutch disc is not touched, hence no wear. Problem with coasting to a stop is that if an emergency situation arrises, you might just have kissed ur last option goodbye. Every race school will advise u not to coast to a stop for this reason. But, to each his own.
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Old 05-30-2014, 10:38 PM   #23
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I downshift... Dad always told me save your brakes and it's stuck
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Downshifting dip****.....


Mustang downshifts into guard rail - YouTube
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Dip****, yes! But, Looks more like he upshifted and spun to me. Funny, none the less.
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That just takes all the fun out of the manual though
lol drive a 18 speed for a year or two everyday.. double clutching.. splitting gears pre selecting, hi/low ugggh... and the "fun" in manual is all gone and becomes just annoying..
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I'm a hybrid of the two. I'll coast any time i know i'll be coming to a complete stop. But having lived in this area all my life, and traveled much the same routes countless times, you can kind of get a feel for the traffic timers. So if i feel the light is going to turn before i get there, that's when i like to downshift. Like others said. i'd much rather replace my brake pads.
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I rev match and downshift and then decide if I need to hit the brakes from there. It's a habit born from racing
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Pfsh. All four of my brake pads combined are nearly $500. Any time I've ever changed my brake pads I do all of them.
Are they made out of gold? COBRA rotors/pads are under $200 from Rockauto and that's for really good ones. Someone sure took you for a ride... wow...

Even if it was $500 for brakes that's still cheaper than a clutch and if you are DIY its a ****ton easier too.
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Kick....push....coast I have been a coaster since back in the day.
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Are they made out of gold? COBRA rotors/pads are under $200 from Rockauto and that's for really good ones. Someone sure took you for a ride... wow...

Even if it was $500 for brakes that's still cheaper than a clutch and if you are DIY its a ****ton easier too.

Platinum actually. That was the cost of all 4 sets of pads, all rotors. The brake pads alone were $115/set. Like I said before, I'm not taking shortcuts with this car. He's had too many already. I watched him get ripped apart yesterday and I just stood there shaking my head for a good 3 hours. People think I'm insane for doing what I'm doing, but it'll be worth it once he's finished. He's got a long way to go before I'll be satisfied. And I'm gonna make sure he has the best of the best of everything that goes in him.

Do they make gold ones? Purple and gold look like royalty, and to me, he's totally royalty lol.
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Lol, I'd say its more of an eggplant
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Downshifter. I love rev matching downshifts and the burbles and pops you get from the exhaust when rolling to a stop in gear. Though I'll agree, brake pads are cheaper then a clutch.
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I use brakes... I'll go into neutral when I coast.

It only takes a half second to pop it back into gear if I need to. Whoever was saying you might have exhausted your last option by taking it out of gear to coast and brake should really consider thinking ahead in traffic and being cautious of other drivers.

That being said- in traffic I'm usually never stopping so I stay in gear and shift up or downshift as needed to stay in the proper rpm band.
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Lol, I'd say its more of an eggplant

Hahahaha. That's a new one!!!!
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