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Synchros can't replace a heel-toe downshift(m) (archive)

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Posted by Seth H. on February 03, 2001 at 03:11:51:

In Reply to: I THINK to synchronize the speed of the engine ... posted by Pierre on February 02, 2001 at 13:56:31:

Am I the only person here who heal-toes on virtually every downshift? How do you guys slow down? Do you just pop it in neutral and use the brakes? First off, that would tear the hell out of your brakes, and second, it is illegal to coast in neutral in most states. (Here come the ignorant flames saying that downshifting tears up the engine/tranny.) By heel toeing with every shift, you're basically guaranteeing that you're in the fat of the torque curve whenever you hit the gas. When I'm coming into a turn I'll break and match revs into a lower gear, and can thus power out with full traction, and power, to the wheels. As far as someone mentioning that synchros replace the need for heel-toeing, that's just wrong. They're totally different things. Synchros eliminate the need to double-clutch downshift, but do nothing to help you match revs on a down shift, which hell-toeing does. That's like saying that you'll have a smooth downshift if you pop it in third doing 60 without matching revs, as the synchros will do it for you. (Try that in your car and I'll bet that you'll be jerked forward real hard.) Just my thoughts.
--Seth


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