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M6's downshift to 3RD @ 70!!!!

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    there, i said it. I've heard numerous stories from you guys that would be bigger wins if you down shifted to 3rd instead of 4th @ 70 mph. If you really wanna blow their doors off, get them down to 50/60mph and grab 2nd gear.


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    Quote Originally Posted by third_shift|studios View Post


    there, i said it. I've heard numerous stories from you guys that would be bigger wins if you down shifted to 3rd instead of 4th @ 70 mph. If you really wanna blow their doors off, get them down to 50/60mph and grab 2nd gear.
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    Yep, 3rd gear redlines around 100MPH with stock 3.42's. So if you're going 70MPH, definitely drop back to 3rd. If you go to 4th you're going to be below 4,000RPM, which isn't in the powerband.

    Now of course if you have 4.10's thats all different

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    It all depends on your gearing and rev limitter. Mine is set at 7K and with my 3.73 thats 84mph at redline on 2nd gear. 3rd gear is good for 115mph at redline. I would want to slow down to 60-65mph so i can stay on second longer, plus at 70mph in second you can break loose the tires and loose time trying to keep the car on a straight line as the car, and if inexperience probably wreck you car.
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    yeah 40-50 for 2nd and 70 for 3rd are my fav spots to run from ..my rev limiter is raised as well to around 6800 so my top of 3rd is somwhere around 110 plus

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    3rd gear @ 70 = my favorite downshift!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Agreed! You still have plenty of room in third gear at 70 mph (with the stock 3.42s).

    Of course, once I finally figured out my ideal shift points, I installed 3.90's and I'm trying to figure it out all over again. I dropped down to 3rd at 65 mph last night and it was starting off in a very strong part of the band! FUN! FUN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight02 View Post
    Agreed! You still have plenty of room in third gear at 70 mph (with the stock 3.42s).

    Of course, once I finally figured out my ideal shift points, I installed 3.90's and I'm trying to figure it out all over again. I dropped down to 3rd at 65 mph last night and it was starting off in a very strong part of the band! FUN! FUN!
    Heres a good gear calculator to help you guys out:

    http://www.f-body.org/gears/

    Just input your year/transmission, tire size or tire height, and your rear end ratio, and it produces a nice chart

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    From 70MPH I would still use 3rd gear and I have 4.11's.

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    Damn. Can the car break loose if you shift down to 3rd @ 70 and punch it? It would scare the shit outta me to get outta control at the speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huskerz1 View Post
    Damn. Can the car break loose if you shift down to 3rd @ 70 and punch it? It would scare the shit outta me to get outta control at the speed.
    nah unless you have a lot of power and shittttty tires. I've done it dozens of times and never any spinning. I've even done it at 80 and its stable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99blueZ View Post
    3rd gear @ 70 = my favorite downshift!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    same here only in to 2nd..............I'm an auto

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    Quote Originally Posted by BURNEM View Post
    same here only in to 2nd..............I'm an auto
    The Autos with the 2.73's are ridiculous!!

    With 27" tires, 1st gear tops out at 60MPH, 2nd tops out at 110MPH, and 3rd gear tops out at 177MPH!! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesman View Post
    The Autos with the 2.73's are ridiculous!!

    With 27" tires, 1st gear tops out at 60MPH, 2nd tops out at 110MPH, and 3rd gear tops out at 177MPH!! lol
    3.55's with a Moser stock was 3.23

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    Quote Originally Posted by BURNEM View Post
    3.55's with a Moser stock was 3.23
    Yea I know, I was't referring specifically to you, just to automatic equipped 2.73 cars in general

    I'm sure the numbers are much better with your 3.55's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huskerz1 View Post
    Damn. Can the car break loose if you shift down to 3rd @ 70 and punch it? It would scare the shit outta me to get outta control at the speed.
    Think that is bad...

    Mine got loose shifting into 4th at 100MPH at the drag strip once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Luos View Post
    Think that is bad...

    Mine got loose shifting into 4th at 100MPH at the drag strip once.
    HOLY ASS PUCKER. I guess you just keep it pointed straight and left off alittle or what?

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    I downshift to 3rd at 70 while racing.

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