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      03-24-2007, 10:08 AM   #81
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Originally Posted by ZiM View Post
those figures are very interesting... i guess those revs to change gear at (since they are the optimum) would be when it gears in DS mode?

actually, i have a question about that...

if you are in manual mode, but DONT change gears does it operate exactly like the DS mode or does it push it even further?
There's one way to find out. Are you out of Break In period yet?

as far as i can see it is the same if not similar, so what on earth is the point? your not exactly going to change up earlier than the optimum in manual mode, at which point it does it for you anyway.... so why?
They may be the same if you give it 100%, but in all other cases, say using 60% throttle, the DS mode will generally change higher than standard mode and manual will hold the gear all the way to the top. I guess.

i wish manual was proper manual (i.e. it does NO gearing for you, it just messes things up)...
Yeah, if it changes up when you don't want it to that's annoying but I expect it's clever enough to hold the gear round a corner or on a hill etc. ?