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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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I experienced the same thing that Jason metioned. Before I had a tach in my 5spd DL, I never shifted over about 4000rpm. I thought 2nd gear had to be at least 5k at 40mph, but even at 45mph I still have room to go higher.

If I'm going for fast acceleration, I shift at about 25, 45, 60, & 75. Normal driving for me is 20, 35-40, 55-60, and 70mph into 5th, but I tend to accelerate and drive fast.

20mph in 1st is good because 1st gear & 2nd gear are far apart, so you really need to wind out 1st so you don't drop the revs too much going to 2nd.

I've still never hit the 6K rev limiter, but the fastest speeds I've gone in each gear are: 30, 50, 70, 85, & 105. Here are my speeds at 3000 and 3500 rpm in my '87 244, M47, 3.31 rear end, 205/55/15 rear tires:

RPM 3000 | 3500
1st 18mph | 22mph
2nd 32mph | 38mph
3rd 48mph | 55mph
5th 78mph |

I'll try to fill in the rest the next time I'm on a road that allows those speeds.
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