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Have I been short shifting ?

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    Have I been short shifting ?

    Ok this is a question that I have to ask no matter how stupid it makes me feel. With my 2002 Stock motor Z28 (M6) should I be shifting at 5500 or 6000 ? I have been thinking 5500 since that is where the red starts but I have been seeing some hints that 6000 is the better shift point. I know my car feels like it could go up further I have just been worried about breaking anything, after hearing so many stories.

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    I actually heard somewhere on here that peak (stock hp) is in the 5200-5300 range, so that gives me good reason to stay away from the 6k mark. Someone correct me if I'm wrong...

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    i shift around 5800 or so, it lets the engine fall to a good spot for the next gear

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue02Z View Post
    i shift around 5800 or so, it lets the engine fall to a good spot for the next gear
    i was thinkin about that... didnt wanna say it tho cuz i dont have the experience

    is the lt1 the same? or would it be lower since its more of a low end torque engine

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    My mostly stock 94 did not really like going up much past 5700. On that car I usually short shifted it some just because it started to push upwards a little slower. That car had a few miles on it though and towards the end was not running that great. The LS1 on the other hand shows no sign of running out of power, I just have been scared of bending or breaking something expensive. That and the scary red lines start at 5500.

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    yeah, i dunno alex about the lt1. my buddy has a 96 z28 m6 and he never reves past 4500. but he cant drive too good. he jacks off to cummins

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    Yeah, I noticed especially in second and third, it feels like you could hold the gas down and it would accelerate forever. With it floored it is kind of hard to target a number like 5800 though. I just play it like the field goal kicking meter on madden. Try to push the clutch when the arrow is somewhere in the orange area.

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    and dont know which year, but i think there is 2 different redlines for ls1's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bottesini View Post
    Ok this is a question that I have to ask no matter how stupid it makes me feel. With my 2002 Stock motor Z28 (M6) should I be shifting at 5500 or 6000 ? I have been thinking 5500 since that is where the red starts but I have been seeing some hints that 6000 is the better shift point. I know my car feels like it could go up further I have just been worried about breaking anything, after hearing so many stories.

    thats what i have been doing, but now im shiftin at around 6k also
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    6k for sure, but the best way is to take it to a track and see which works better

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    Well next time I go to the track she should have LTs, full TD exhaust, and a tune. So if she wanted to go to 6 before she really should now. The red lines on the tach were just a little scary and I wanted to make sure nothing was going to break. Especially since this is my only car, and I want to keep it that way for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bottesini View Post
    Well next time I go to the track she should have LTs, full TD exhaust, and a tune. So if she wanted to go to 6 before she really should now. The red lines on the tach were just a little scary and I wanted to make sure nothing was going to break. Especially since this is my only car, and I want to keep it that way for a while.
    Redline is at 6,200, the lines before it are to warn you that you are getting close

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    5500 here...

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