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Old 11-12-2018, 05:56 AM   #1
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What is an okay RPM to putt around town in or on the highway? I typically stay around 3k but do I really need to keep it that high for non aggressive driving? It sucks a lot of gas at 3k. If it's better for the motor, I will keep doing it but if there is no benefit, I will back off a bit.
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Old 11-12-2018, 01:09 PM   #2
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For normal street driving I keep the RPMs above 2000. No need to keep them at 3000 or above. I do make sure it gets to do some spirited driving on a regular basis, like on highway ramps and passing.
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The owners manual says to keep the revs above 1500 rpms, so that is what I do. In normal driving there is no need to rev it un-necessarily, so I usually end up shifting at about 2800 rpms. There is a resonance right at 3000 rpms, so I try to avoid keeping it at that engine speed.
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I run mine at 2800-3500 much lower feels luggy. However, I’ll let it drop lower on the track as sometimes downshifting can upset the car and just flooring it settles the car and gets on it.
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If downshifting is upsetting the car you are not matching revs properly or you are downshifting at thr wrong time
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:37 AM   #6
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+1 2800 - 3000. If it drops below 2700ish I downshift to get it back closer to 3k. 3k seems to be where its is happiest. Decent RPMs to accelerate from and good RPMs' for engine braking to slow

I am always surprised how low the automatics keep the RPMs
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:16 AM   #7
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If downshifting is upsetting the car you are not matching revs properly or you are downshifting at thr wrong time
Yeah, not the best on that second gear downshift... Just can't seem to get the timing just right!!! Part of it is mine is a little notchy, I think my syncros are a little tired, so there is a bit of a balk. Only 3 down to 2, and not always. Of course, there is NO way it's user error. I'm just too good!
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:30 PM   #8
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What is an okay RPM to putt around town in or on the highway? I typically stay around 3k but do I really need to keep it that high for non aggressive driving? It sucks a lot of gas at 3k. If it's better for the motor, I will keep doing it but if there is no benefit, I will back off a bit.
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If you install a nice exhaust, with the engine singing at 3k you would forget about the gas consumption pretty quickly
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Yeah, not the best on that second gear downshift... Just can't seem to get the timing just right!!! Part of it is mine is a little notchy, I think my syncros are a little tired, so there is a bit of a balk. Only 3 down to 2, and not always. Of course, there is NO way it's user error. I'm just too good!
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:13 PM   #10
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Hey Gilles,
I do have a louder exhaust which I enjoy, it's the gas I noticed. I filled with the 93 on Sunday and drove to a friends. I went about 60 miles and used about a quarter of a tank of gas. At close to $4/gallon I am thinking I need to stay lower than 3k for cruising. It does sound wonderful at 3k though.
Thanks everyone, I'll take it down a notch.
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