|View Poll Results: What do you prefer to refer while gear shifting?|
|Engine Sound / Exhaust note||90||48.65%|
|I can't drive without both of them||32||17.30%|
|Other (e.g. speedometer) Please mention||5||2.70%|
|My car doesn't have a tachometer||17||9.19%|
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|22nd January 2007, 16:52||#47|
Join Date: Jun 2006
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nothing better than the engine sound (where possible) to give an indication of a upshift. A downshift is another story altogether.
|22nd January 2007, 22:07||#48|
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Technically only the engine sound is sufficient to indicate gear change (Opel had made a big PR stunt for their Astra back then when they said all Indian drivers change gears from engine sound, but ours cant be heard), but the revs complete the loop
|17th February 2007, 23:05||#49|
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Hey! If I'm driving normally (opposite of power mode), it's the tacho. And if I'm doing power mode, its engine sound. Had to get used n learn the sounds and their respective rpm reading before I could do a perfect shift most of the times. I love the sound the ikon gives when you do a perfect shift.
|18th February 2007, 12:24||#50|
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For me its th engines sound. Never look at the tacho or speedo.. Though if running out if petrol then always look for speedo and as soon as it reaches 30 slot the 4th gear (sometimes even at 27 -28).
Only look at the speedo when i see a Traffic Interceptor.
|18th February 2007, 20:03||#52|
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Has to be engine note, tacho read and the speedo read, all combined, for me. The engine notes suffice for normal driving, and/or marking minor differences. Else, it has to be all three.
|18th February 2007, 20:44||#53|
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Racing-see my avataar-shift into the next gear @6000 rpm(for most non-tuned indian petrol cars this is where peak power is made) or at the particular rpm where the engine is making the most power otherwise rely on the speedometer(in cars withot tacho) theory that any petrol car worth its salt can do 100 in 3rd gear and shift acordingly.(My style)
Driving fast but not racing-
Honda style gearshift changes
Conservative city driving
Maruti style gearshift changes
P.S-never rely on engine note since it is music to my ears
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|18th February 2007, 21:07||#54|
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My Conti dosen't have a tachometer. So, I voted for the last option.
Anyway, I wouldn't care much for a tacho except while running in a new car. Engine sound rules!
|18th February 2007, 23:33||#55|
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In the order of preferance its the engine sound followed by the tacho. In crowded city roads one can't keep looking at the tacho. So first my hearing senses tell me when to change the gear. At this point a quick glance at the tacho confirms things and I shift gears.
|19th February 2007, 14:16||#58|
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I like to do it based on the engine/exhaust sound. But, in reality, when windows are rolled up & music playing, the speeds & level of acceleration help me to decide on gear shifts.
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