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Ryan
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11/04/2002
16:24:06

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I have a 5spd 97 dakota sport CC. It has 93k miles on it and still runs great. The question is at what rpm does every one shift at without causing excess wear on the engine? I normally shift right after the shift light comes on which is only like 2k. If I were to shift at 4k on a normal basest will it cause excessive wear on the engine?



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11/04/2002
16:52:45

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i shift at 1500-2000. i like to save gas. shift at 4000 if you want to eat gas. now if u were racind then you would wnat to shift richt before redline limiter kicks in and cuts you off.



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11/04/2002
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i Shift at somepoint before the red line. still runs.Here's a strange one,sometimes my truck seems like the to bearing isnt disengaging and I cant get any gears.I have to turn the ignition off and only then will it go in gear. 2000 sport 3.9 solar yellow 5 spd. edelbrock pro-flo,trick flow phenolic tb spacer,160 stat,bosch platinum +4 plugs,flowmaster 40 series muffler,lakewood trac. bars. I also bought a hurst metric T handle to get better feeling shifts



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11/04/2002
17:42:03

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5,200 in my 92 3.9 Auto Dak.



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11/04/2002
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When i'm driving around (not racing) i shift about 3 grand. If i shift when the shift light comes on it doesn't feel like it had enough get up and go (i'm an aggressive driver). If anything i think it would be better to shift at 2500-3000 rpm then down around 1500-2000, it's not really good to lug the engine at those low rpm's, puts a lot of stress on the engine.

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11/04/2002
21:01:48

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Typically I shift between 3000-3500, if I'm hurrying I'll run it up to about 4500 maybe. Shifting when the light comes on just seems to lug the engine more... I ignore the light.

Way I see it, if I wanted the computer to have any say in when to shift, I would have gotten an automatic. :0P





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11/04/2002
21:10:39

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00" with 37k and i shift about the same as Todd described, usually between 3000-3500 and if im in a hurry around 4000-4500. Shifting when the light comes on aroud 2000-2500 seems like it would burn more gas seeing that the engine has to work harder to get back up to an idle speed.

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11/05/2002
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ussually 3500 or more.. all the time.. i dunno its just me tho in my 5 speed and everything seems to be good..

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11/05/2002
15:52:46

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i shift around 2000-2500. i got rid of that retarded shift light by simply taking it out.



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11/05/2002
21:36:02

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My shifting varies greatly with traffic. If we're accellerating slow, I'll shift as early as 1500, at least out of first and second. If I'm leading the pack, usually 2500-3000. And if I'm plucking a wild hair from up my butt, 4000 is where I see the fastest 0-60. That's due to current mods, however; cat was pushed back to spring, after which I should be shifting at redline again.

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11/07/2002
01:41:42

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If you go by the book, the speed that they give you works out to be 2500 RPM on the V6

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11/07/2002
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rpm will eventually kill an engine. ie the more times you rev it up higher then you need to the more internal wear occurs. If two identicle engines are required to do the identicle amount of work the one runnin the higher rpm will wear out fater.



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2/21/2003
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I've got a auto but I normaly LET it shift into 2nd about 3000-3500 RPM 3rd about 2500-3000 O/D about 2300 RPM if Im in a rush in second I let it shift about 5300 RPM, in other gears usually almost redline it every single gear except O/D. Passing gear is awsome though usuall take that from 3700-5600 RPM. Mines a 99 Dakota Sport 3.9L V6.



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2/21/2003
19:04:39

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3000 rpm for 1st and 2nd, then like 2500 from there on up? Maybe 3000 in every gear, I forget.



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2/22/2003
01:23:21

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Some wild advice out there

Let your hand and foot tell you when to shift not the stupid little light that wants you to lug the engie and be in 5th only pulling 1500 RPM .

shifting around 3-4 grand never hurt any engine unless its a desiel.

Try to learn when to shift Learn where your power and torque bands are and you can actually get alot more Mileage motor and gas.

you will feel the engine become smooth right when it tops a torque or HP curve then shift. It takes practice and but in the end you will keep the engine from learning only to make HP at specific times.

this will also save the engine and allow more fun

AND LASTLY DO NOT LOOK AT THE TACH FEEL THE ENGINE MAKE POWER

AND TURN THAT DAMNED RADIO OFF



87DakBuilder
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2/22/2003
16:49:35

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I agree with 98 Black, I have an 87 Dak with 140k on her, I still got the premagnum in her for now, but I rutinely shift between 3k-4K, that's just the way that I drive. I'm aggressive, I've only changed the clutch once since I've owned her, and that's going on 5 years. No problems from her yet, I just got a magnum v6 and can't wait to put it in her aftet the rebuild, and performance mods. In short shift where you feel comfortable.



87DakBuilder



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5/21/2023
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Mines n 04 i usually shift around 2500 in traffic but if im in a hurry
its around 3000-3500



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