Originally Posted by rorkor
Ok, my two cents on blowing out a trans without dump shifting. you MUST wait when shifting into first gear from reverse until you are completely stopped. I have seen people blow out their trans this way while never grinding a gear.
Also, staying in first gear on a Canyon run is a great way to burn up the gear, it can overheat very easy, causing warp in the gear which is worse than a grind. First is not a cruising gear, just a momentum starter.
My brother in-law tracked the village bycycle (e36 M3) with me at Laguna Seca one year and never shifted above third. I got to my first hot lap after our third session that day and the trans was shot. I tried to get into third and it wasn't there and it would have been a money shift to go down to second where I was so I took a sideways journey into the infield.
Lol when I said I stay in 1 gear I mean I down run thru all the gears. I usually am in 3rd or forth depending on if I'm driving hard or cruising. If I'm going for an "all-out" run, ill go thru the gears more but usually when I'm going for a spirited/hard run, its usually just from 3rd to 4th and that's about it. When I do an all out run, it consists of hitting from 2nd gear(usually to slow down and rocket out of a corner) to 5th gear(to gain excessive speed)
I'm hardly in first gear unless I'm balancing out, once I'm rolling its straight to second, I feel as if our first gear is too jerky for my taste. I avoid it as much as possible, even in slow traffic
Ouchhh, I always thought if you don't shift into certain gears, those are the ones that'll be longer lasting. Me personally, I go to the lowest gear possible, sometimes even when racing (dumb as it sounds, I'm being truthful lol) luckily you didn't hit anything, or did you?