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View Poll Results: Do you downshift?
Yes 24 46.15%
Sometimes 21 40.38%
No 7 13.46%
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:32 AM
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i rarely downshift, brakes are much cheaper than a clutch or transmission. It was handy for stopping when my brakes went out in my winter beater one time though
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:41 AM
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I voted sometimes.

To those mentioning shifting to neutral to save gas, I'm not sure that is really a benefit. If you are in neutral, the system is feeding gas to maintain idle speed. If you downshift, the rolling momentum is keeping the engine revs up so no additional fuel is added by the system.

I don't think downshifting will hurt anything as long as you don't let the revs get out of hand. If you are tearing up your clutch or transmission by downshifting, you are not doing it right.
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:43 AM
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most corners and to slow down the truck for roadwork areas
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:50 AM
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The only time I ever downshited was for passing. Other than that, into neutral it went (like when turning into a driveway).<---when i had a manual tranny
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:59 AM
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lol, I have to put my automatic in neutral at stops or else it dies.

I want a 5 speed so I can tell the valve body to suck eggs.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:29 AM
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Oh god $^##@$ damnit.

Are you telling me that ford's clutches and transmissions are that flimsy?

I've never had to change clutches/transmissions on my previous cars/trucks and i always downshifted.

Except on my cars i compressed a lot, whereas on the ranger, i'm more gentle, go figure the truck is treated more delicately..
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:35 AM
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It depends on the situation.
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:04 AM
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Proper downshifting will not cause harm to the clutch or tranny. Where do you people get these ideas?
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Old 07-28-2011, 11:26 AM
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What 2010 ranger said. Manual transmissions were designed to be downshifted for use in tandem with the trucks brakes.
Putting aside the obvious differences in size, look at semis.
Here's a breakdown of a semi braking percentage:
Axle brakes 30%
transmission 30%
Jake 40%

Now our trucks don't have a Jake unless you swap a cummins in. So that leaves us with roughly a 60/40 split between the brakes and the transmission.
Why would you drive in such a way that you're actually not using your truck how it's supposed to be used? That makes about as much sense as putting a limiting strap on your brake pedal so you can only use 60% of the available braking power.

This is my 13th vehicle. I've had more than a couple new vehicles that have been driven over 100k on stock clutch.
My last car which hit that had a motor put in it (completely unrelated, oil starvation) at 129xxx and the clutch looked brand new. And it had been downshifted religiously it's entire life since it left the lot.
My current car is just about at 100k and the clutch still feels the way it did when I bought it, and it's been driven the same way, if not harder because I used to race it.

You are not damaging anything by downshifting. You're driving a manual the way it was designed. That's why transmissions nowadays have synchros in them; to make it *easier* to downshift so that you don't have to rev-match.
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Old 07-28-2011, 11:32 AM
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Sometimes.
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Old 07-28-2011, 11:40 AM
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I put sometimes, but I'd like to say usually. If I can, I downshift. But if I'm coming up to a light that's just changed of course then not.

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Most often, I skip third and go from 4th to 2nd. But that's about it.
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Old 07-28-2011, 11:48 AM
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who cares
it all depends of the situation and on severity the braking amount and the rpm on the trans
both are more or less "wear items" however, brake pads tend to be 100s of dollars cheaper then transmissions
however, none of this correlates to the track
so i will say it again who cares
just drive
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:11 PM
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If you match engine speed while shifting, wear (if any) will be reduced. You shouldn't just downshift and let the clutch out.
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:12 PM
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You kinda have to DS sometimes
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:12 PM
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rarely
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