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Old 02-20-2014, 03:54 AM   #1
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What RPM do you cruise around at?

The engine is willing across a broad band of RPMs. What range do you maintain in:

City/neighborhood driving

Freeway driving?

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Old 02-20-2014, 04:32 AM   #2
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City - 4,000-5,000 rpm
Freeway - 3,000 - 4,000
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:06 AM   #3
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Not sayin' you shouldn't solicit more opinions, but...take a look here:

http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/47362-what-rpm-range-do-you-drive.html
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:46 AM   #4
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I try and keep it between 10 and 11k


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Also here

http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/50023-cruising-rpms.html
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:55 AM   #6
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City - 4,000-5,000 rpm
Freeway - 3,000 - 4,000
I'm more of a 3k-4k city
3k-4k freeway

bottom line, they don't like to be below 3k much...
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I try and keep it between 10 and 11k


whose face is that in the tach?


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Until the fluids are fully warmed up I keep it below 3K. Which seems to take a while if its city driving. Once everything is up to temp I never cruise below 3K.
I suspect a lot folks do the opposite to save gas and to go "easy" on the engine. wrong move.
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I never looked hard enough before to see the face.
It's ether a character from Spinal Tap
Or
The driver who didn't let his car warm up and was Red Lining it all over the place

I'm same as most
During warm up just about touching 3k on shift. Mid 2k cruising for first few miles
After warm up 1st,2nd maybe 3rd touching 4k. If road allows then 5-6k shifts
Cruise right around 3K all roads
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Crusing RPM?
RPM that corresponds to actual crusing speed. Minimum Rpm is your choise. Mine is1200.
Observe the Boxster engine is a fairly std engine, but flat.
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Never cruising below 3000rpm. These engines like high rpms and their oil being splashed around by the crankshaft.
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Crusing RPM?
RPM that corresponds to actual crusing speed. Minimum Rpm is your choise. Mine is1200.
Observe the Boxster engine is a fairly std engine, but flat.
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Get great MPG at 1200. That's like 25 mph in 4th
The only way I can get down to 1200 and still be moving is hwy heavy traffic.1st gear just trying to creap along at 3-5 mph
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Crusing RPM?
RPM that corresponds to actual crusing speed. Minimum Rpm is your choise. Mine is1200.
Observe the Boxster engine is a fairly std engine, but flat.
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If you're cruising your 986 at 1200 rpm then you better keep Jake's number in your rolodex. You're going to need it.
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Get great MPG at 1200. That's like 25 mph in 4th
The only way I can get down to 1200 and still be moving is hwy heavy traffic.1st gear just trying to creap along at 3-5 mph
The auto when in auto mode drops into 5th right above 40... Most the roads I drive on have 35 or 40 limits. So I drive around 50.. This puts the car frequently under 2k rpm... Now I usually drive in Man, but I wouldn't assume porsche would litterly program their cars to self destruct haha. Now I have a dual row and oil filter is always clear of shavings... But I don't think the cars HAVE to be kept over 3k.
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In a previous thread you mentioned RPMs and I thought that the Tip was running at much lower RPMs then most think is best. I thought the same thing regarding Porsche and their auto programming relative to RPM ranges
I personally think that running under or around 2K, except brief periods, puts to much stress on the clutch. I can't speak to what affects or loads it puts on the IMS.

What I do know is that Highway cruising at 75 speedo (71-72 real) in 6th is right around 3k(-)
65 in 6th puts it down around 2500(+). The car is bogged down at this range
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if i remember right, i think i read somewhere that auto failures are rarer.. which i dont like bogging out the engine and i usually drive in M..... however i dont think its necessary to always be driving in higher revs and maybe based on the autos failing less its better that you dont.
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Higher revs (4-6K) not always necessary but unlikely to damage the engine.
Whereas lugging the engine will.
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if you're cruising your 986 at 1200 rpm then you better keep jake's number in your rolodex. You're going to need it.
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I drive at 5,000 rpm around town so I can hammer it if anyone gets beside me.








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I normally cruise between 3-4k, closer to 3k around town, and closer to 4k on the freeway. I try to avoid cruising below 2500RPM or above 5k for extended periods of time. 6500RPM is always fun when I get an on-ramp to myself.
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If you're cruising your 986 at 1200 rpm then you better keep Jake's number in your rolodex. You're going to need it.
Rolodex, lol- could you imagine physically writing down a phone number on a little car and keeping it with a bunch of other little cards.. That'd be like getting in the car and driving to a travel agency to purchase a plane ticket.

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