In Reply to: Re: Please explain the 5th gear issue (more) posted by alex on February 02, 2001 at 15:39:36:
I still don't understand why it would affect the 5th gear acceleration in a negative. You're dicsussion it being a factor while maintaining it's 'heavy' motion, which is understandable, but 5th gear acceleration is still acceleration.
Otherwise, I think it would be like saying pushing a 2-ton Caddy from 80mph to 100mph takes less effort than a light, small CRX with the same force, because the CRX has a tendency to slow down quicker. Yes the Caddy will maintain it's momentum (as will the heavier flywheel), but if you wanna pass with a lighter flywheel, we're back to talking about acceleration, which is from any speed, not just zero. I had the 10.5-lb flywheel for 2 years and 22k miles, with 8 track events. Never had an idling problem or anything as well. Throttle response in all the gears was dramatically more noticeable (which I don't understand how it would hinder the acceleration, if it responded[and BEGAN to accelerate] quicker) in all gears, with a noticeable increase in acceleration in 1st and 2nd gear. CYA>PM3