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Old 16 Apr 2004, 03:40 pm
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Default RPM's for shifting 5 Speed

I have had my 2003 Dream Cruiser for 6 months now and and am wondering what you all think is a good RPM for shifting. Up until now as I have been breaking in the engine, I tend to upshift before I reach 3000 RPM's. What RPM range do you generally shift at for drive around town speeds? I noticed it is a lot more fun to blast it up to 4000 before I shift, but I just don't want to do her any harm.

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Old 16 Apr 2004, 10:31 pm
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Actually you have missed a good time to break the engine in with some good ole redline shifts. Shifts depend on your mood, your need for speed and whether you like to attract attention to yourself.

For just cruising around 3000 upshift is OK. About 4000 you start to feel the turbo working. From there on up it justs gets better and better. The electronics won't let you over rev the engine (unless you do something really stupid like try to downshift into second at 110 mph).

Shifting at 4000 is not going to harm her.

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Old 17 Apr 2004, 04:35 pm
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I usually shift around 3100 from 1st to 2nd, 2700 to 3rd, 2500 to 4th, 5th if its ever need around 2500. Usually that gives a nice ride and save some gas.

My father suggest to me that I shifts up at 3000 RPMS for a turbo 4 banger. Said, "I'm not doing any favors for the engine and make it work harder." Makes sense, since most of our torque is from starts kicking in after 2800 RPMS. I did his suggestion, and the acceleration was much better obviously, but my fuel economy droped []. I went from 26 MPG doing my usually shifts (see the 1st paragraph)to about 24 MPG for my fathers ways.

For my break in period, I kept it easy for the first 300 miles. Added a few 5500 RPM freeway merging runs up to 1000 miles. 1000+miles I started to gradually drive a little harder, but need to preserve the engine for another 5 years
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Old 17 Apr 2004, 08:50 pm
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Torque peak is beyond 3000. Wouldn't regularly run it up, but the engine is built for that kinda stuff.
1st is really a crepper gear anyway, but 2 and 3 you can run up. Like was said, depends on your mood.

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