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Where are optimum shift points for acceleration (EA82 2WD 5-speed)
Posted 31 January 2005 - 12:56 AM
My other car is a RX-7, so I'm used to shifting at 7000 RPM and hitting highway speeds in 3rd (good to 90mph or so). Needless to say, my Subaru is a bit less powerful and a lot less happy at high RPMs.
One thing I tend to do a lot of on the highway is stopping to help people. I travel with a 4 way tire iron, jack, jack stand, full tool kit, extra fluids, etc. I'm pretty much able to help with any common problem.
Sadly, accelerating back onto the highway is the most difficult part of this. I generally piss people off because even with a large gap, I'm only able to be at 45-50mph by the time traffic (doing 75-85) catches up. I'm pretty sure that I could improve my acceleration a bit by shifting at the right points... if I knew what they were. No tach, so I'm pretty much doing it by the speedo.
First is really short, so I'm usually in 2nd by 10mph, 3rd by 20-25, 4th by 40, and I usually hit 5th around 55-60. Is this shifting too early, too late, right on? This is my first stickshift car with pistons, so I'm not really used to how they should be shifted. Probably won't be my last Subaru though - I've been quite impressed, other than the lack of power.
Posted 31 January 2005 - 01:34 AM
BTW your owner's manual has the proper shift points in it, though I think they are a little high (rpm wise)
Posted 31 January 2005 - 02:30 AM
if you ever get the rpms up you will notice the power takeoff at 3500 rpm. lot of times people shift before the motor gets going!
keep in mind the subaru motor has a short stroke so all its power is in the upper rpm. dont be afraid to wind her up!
if you dont have a tach just stay on it till she quits pulling, hit the next gear. 4th should carry tou to the speed you want, then hit 5th
take most of your rpm in 3rd gear when merging on the highway
Posted 31 January 2005 - 03:22 AM
Posted 31 January 2005 - 03:25 AM
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