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    Such a thing as the perfect gear change?

    Fellow members,

    I had a bit of a sporty discussion nearing strangulation with my ex wife the other day regarding my new coupe and her megane.

    I stupidly said "well dear looks like your motors dead in the water now" and she promptly replied "whatever paul its all about the gear changes mate"

    So me being me i thought hmmm i wonder if shes right!

    I did read on here before that this could be the winner regardless of engine size.

    So what if anything is the perfect gear change?

    I always just sort of wellie it up to 4krpm n change, i've never known any different.
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    4000rpm? Depends what you're trying to achieve.

    Normal driving I change between 3 and 4000rpm, closer to 3000rpm usually.

    If I'm wanting a little more then I have no issues getting close to the red line on occasion before changing.

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    On turbo cars without big turbos, the max power tends to drop off by red line, so i'd say optimum change for a turbo car is about 6k revs. anymore and you may lose time.

    on your coupe just as close to redline as you get mate, they make power all the way to the top

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    I like the sound of your ex

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraggle View Post
    I like the sound of your ex
    Nah shes knocked up with another guy now lol

    I just thought sometimes i catch it peachy and the car flies off in every gear other times it doesnt feel like i got it right at all. I once seen a little LED light arrangement in someones car showing them when it was right to change, i didnt repeat what i thought about it at the time lol
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    As already said on a turbo car the power drops before the redline and its even worse on a derv! my power drops like a stone after 3.5k-4k revs in my 1.9cdti haha

    on you NA engine you want to get as close to the redline without smashing into it because that will slow you down

    and you get the shift lights stock in some cars, my mates clio 200 has one in it

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    A thread asking when to change gear? Really?!

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    Power may drop off towards the redline, but the longer you hold it in one gear the higher up the power band you will drop into the next gear. So its swings and roundabouts, and a case of finding the right point which might not necessarily be at peak power. Pretty sure there are calculators about to work it out, but you would need to know the gear ratio's.

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    Hit the limiter and dont use the clutch

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    Its not a thread on when to change gear ffs, its a discussion on the best time to change. We just get taught to change in our lessons, we inherit our own way of doing it through the years however do we ever really get it right? probably not.

    Was out in the car tonight and tbh i just feel like a knobjockey redlining it. So i went back to smooth and controlled the way i always knew.

    I guess my components will last longer that way, i'll have more money in my pocket and people wont shout 'knob' as i pass lol

    Given that, i'm 11st, my brother is 13st and my cousin is topping 16st and that car just didn't give up pulling regardless of the technique, i love it lol
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