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Shifting, when?

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So I was driving my car from one lot to another today to get it closr to the dorm, and a friend came along with me (to laugh at my driving a stick)

Well I didnt stall, but almost did twice.

Anyways, seeing as my car has no tach, Im not really sure when to shift, and I feel like I am shifting too early and keeping the rpms too low.

So what would you guys reccomend as good "shift speeds"

my dad thinks i should
take 1st to about 20mph
take 2nd to about 30-35 mph
take 3rd to about 40-45mph
take 4th into about 50-60 mph

a friend who drives stick though says I should go about 10 mph less on average then my dad.
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Don't go by mph ratings. If you don't have a tach, go by sound (which you should be doing anyway.) Listen to when the engine begins to strain (around 3500 rpm on) and then shift. You always know if you shift too early because the engine bogs down and makes a lot of low end sound. Some people are naturally inclined to shift out of gears too early. My girlfriend does this in her A4 and it drives me nuts so I do most of the driving. I also knew a girl who never used first gear. From a stop or a red light she would accelerate away in second. That drove me nuts too. So don't shift too early. Let the car wind up a bit, it likes too plus you use more horsepower.
As shifting becomes second nature, you will only go by sound. I rarely look at my tachometer. Have fun.

Towermt wroter:
If I'm going for fast acceleration...
LOL! I checked my shifting points today. I shift around 3000-3500 around town. That seems like a good compromise to me.
Don't buy a tach off of ebay. It's a rip. Pick one up for like $5 at a boneyard. It takes like 15 min. to do the installation.
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