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BENNY MARTIN
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4/23/2001
17:17:11

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I have a 98 dakota 3.9 and i recently started racing it, i have exaust and auto lite plugs, This is what I do. OH it is an AUTOMATIC, I start in first and go till i get to the red line and then manuely shift it to second and go all the way to that red line and then go to third and let it go. I have won alot of races doing that, and it makes my take off faster, do yall think that this is ok or bad.



jesse torres
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4/23/2001
17:31:56

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I guess its cool just as long as you watch your RPM'S, but it will probaly waste all your gas prety quick.



Tyler A
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4/23/2001
20:27:28

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Had no problems doing that with an old firebird I used to have. Well at one point the shifter went completely limp and just flopped back. It turned out that I had loosend a bolt that held the linkage to the tranny(I think). It was ok, just be careful about doing it too much.

Tyler A '00 Dakota Sport-16.532 @ 82mph

NiPs
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4/24/2001
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Well my theroy goes that cars shift up like that alot so it should be fine however going the other way is bad unless your not moving because cars rarely downshift to first.



Travis B
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4/24/2001
19:34:43

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Starting off in LOW is a good idea. The shift points are better left to the transmission. If the kickdown cable is set properly you should be OK on the manual upshifts. If the cable is not set properly, you may get slippage or slow shifts. Watch out for 2-3 getting sloppy.



Travis B
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4/24/2001
19:36:49

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Starting off in LOW is a good idea. The shift points are better left to the transmission. If the kickdown cable is set properly you should be OK on the manual upshifts. If the cable is not set properly, you may get slippage or slow shifts. Watch out for 2-3 getting sloppy.



Wayne
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4/25/2001
17:10:03

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Travis is right. I put mine in 1st to get it off the line under control. (I do this because if it begins to spin, it will upshift to 2nd and that is a killer.) When she gets to about 4 grand in 1st, I upshift to 3rd and let the computer take over. It is very consistant and when I have shifted it myself, the times were slower.

Wayne Van Metre
'99 CC SLT 5.2/auto/3.90 anti spin

FDP-RT
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5/10/2001
23:26:18

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( I've got a 99 chevy S-10 I'm trading in August on a 2001-02 R/T)
If you don't have a Tach, like me, then DONT DO IT. I was just trying to do it by ear, and since I know how to use a stick and all, I assumed that it'd be pretty similar, but like the dude said watch the downshifting. I was coming down an empty road on night, and I was slowing down, and I shifted down, but see I didn't realize that the auto doesn't 'clutch' too well (since it doesn't have one) but I went from 2nd to first going less than 5mph, and the back wheels spun and the ABS was pumping, and.....it was scary...just be careful. That's what the tranny is designed to do, but not entirely.



FastRT6Dakota
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5/10/2001
23:47:23

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Wanna know another good thing about shifting manually? The trans is actually stronger when you put it in manual low (1st). It activates another band (or clutch, not sure) and actually makes it stronger than automatic low. Have you ever kept it in low and took off, then left it in low and let off the gas? You feel how the engine trys to slow the truck down? thats what the extra activated item does. It allows for engine braking. Be safe, keep it rubber side down.

2000 Red V6 now
2001 Red 4.7 Sport on the way

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