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Old 05-13-2011, 01:07 PM   #41
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Thanks. Okay, I understand why one might want to double clutching when accelerating, but why would double clutching help when down shifting? Doesn't the double clutching allow the revs to go up?

At least it sounds easier than "bang shifting"
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:13 PM   #42
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I saw $4.17 yesterday at ARCO, and I believe it's either $4.23, $4.25, or $4.27 at Shell, depending on which station I go to.

Since I retired, I seldom have to fill each car more than once a month, compared to twice a week when I was working. I'm pretty sure Shell and Mobil, where I have credit cards, think I died. Last month Mobil actually sent me a bill for $0.00, with a due date of 4/21. Should I have had my bank issue them a check or make an electronic transfer for that amount?
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:50 PM   #43
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Thanks. Okay, I understand why one might want to double clutching when accelerating, but why would double clutching help when down shifting? Doesn't the double clutching allow the revs to go up?

At least it sounds easier than "bang shifting"
Yes, like my posts said, it revs the engine, then when you downshift it prevents tire chirping, or locking up the tires. The engine will brake the car quickly, but without the sudden lurching/slowing down associated with downshifting too quickly. And if done correctly, you can skip a gear. This way you can hold your speed longer before entering a corner and be in the right gear in the corner and when you leave. And never have to touch the brake.
Of course, nobody drives that way anymore unless they are getting paid for it.
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:10 PM   #44
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Yes, like my posts said, it revs the engine, then when you downshift it prevents tire chirping, or locking up the tires. The engine will brake the car quickly, but without the sudden lurching/slowing down associated with downshifting too quickly. And if done correctly, you can skip a gear. This way you can hold your speed longer before entering a corner and be in the right gear in the corner and when you leave. And never have to touch the brake.
Of course, nobody drives that way anymore unless they are getting paid for it.
Okay, I think I understand. I just don't drive like that, so the engine braking from taking my foot off the gas was usually enough for me. I like to avoid using my brakes too.
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:00 PM   #45
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I like to run my riceburner at 2,000 to 3,000 rpm:

MAXIMUM speeds (@5,500 rpm)for EMERGENCY braking downshifts:

Into Third gear 65 MPH
Into 2nd gear 45 MPH
Into First gear 25 MPH
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It's 1.37 a litre here. There are 3.78 litres to a gallon. We're paying way more :(
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:24 PM   #47
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I used to downshift all the time.. its great
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:55 PM   #48
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It's 4.19 here in Grand Rapids Michigan. The cheapest place in town is at a corner where a new Circle K opened up. There is a gas war between the Circle K and the Speedway across the street, so they each have gas for $4.07. Man, when I first started driving there were real gas wars, less than 30 cents a gallon. I'm so old!
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It's 4.19 here in Grand Rapids Michigan. The cheapest place in town is at a corner where a new Circle K opened up. There is a gas war between the Circle K and the Speedway across the street, so they each have gas for $4.07. Man, when I first started driving there were real gas wars, less than 30 cents a gallon. I'm so old!
If you were really old you might remember 8 (gallons) for $1.
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If you were really old you might remember 8 (gallons) for $1.
Well, I'm old enough to remember $0.15 - $0.20 per gallon.
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