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Old 03-21-2017, 08:28 PM
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Now I know this doesn't pertain to anyone on here, as we all have a high degree of situational awareness and common sense. However, I'd like to make the following PSA/rant:

I drive vehicles which have three pedals (ie, the proper amount). So when I take off from a red light, I have to actually give input to the vehicle vs. texting my BFF and generally not knowing what's going on around me. As such, you may notice my vehicle pause and quit accelerating momentarily as I row through the gears. So if you are so far up my ass that when I shift you have to slam on brakes, don't throw your hands up like I'M the one being an idiot. Doing so will actually delight me, and give me a golden opportunity to do the following:

1. Shift as slow as possible to piss you off more
2. Blow you kisses as you drive by me in a fit of rage

Talking to you, idiot soccer mom in the crossover SUV. Have a good day.
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I just roll smoke on them when they climb up my ass, Love my tuned cummins
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You have not seen slow shifting till you ride in my GMC with an SM465. First to second is a long throw. People do seem to hate following me.
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Lol. Try a 13 or 18 speed ladys.
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Originally Posted by Fish_DOut View Post
You have not seen slow shifting till you ride in my GMC with an SM465. First to second is a long throw. People do seem to hate following me.
Nice. The ZF6 behind my 7.3 isn't too bad; only time it's REALLY slow is pulling a heavy trailer and having to start out in granny gear. Syncros in 1st are shot so that's always fun.

90% of the time I'm in the 4runner. It shifts great, but it's just sloooooow. People hate riding behind me taking off. I love it - I've started paying attention to whoever is behind me taking off. Amazing how many pissed off, ignorant dopes there are on the road.
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Love my TDI with 6 speed... going to keep it despite the shenanigans.

Bit of a lag between 1 and 2, and people get all up on my bumper. You got it right - I just shift slower. STOP TAILGATING!
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I drive an auto (but W2W race a 5 speed) and hate tailgaters......with the "autostick" I prefer to drop 2 gears while watching for the tailgaters eyes to get the size of silver dollars. I think this one black lady could have beating the world record for eyes bulging out of her head.
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Originally Posted by V8BoatBuilder View Post
Love my TDI with 6 speed... going to keep it despite the shenanigans.

Bit of a lag between 1 and 2, and people get all up on my bumper. You got it right - I just shift slower. STOP TAILGATING!
Just sold mine back Friday. Would have considered keeping it, but with only 120k it had shot motor mounts, a bad turbo, cracked DPF, and a few other issues. I'm missing it already as I know I'll never have another one. Had a 6 speed as well and it was sweet. I could never make up my mind between winding 1st out to 3500 or so and grabbing second, or short shifting to second then laying into it.

That thing had just such a sweet sound when you opened it up and let it gnaw through the gears. VW did a great job, the scandal notwithstanding.
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Originally Posted by t500hps View Post
I drive an auto (but W2W race a 5 speed) and hate tailgaters......with the "autostick" I prefer to drop 2 gears while watching for the tailgaters eyes to get the size of silver dollars. I think this one black lady could have beating the world record for eyes bulging out of her head.
I'm glad to see I'm not alone. It's amazing how pissed off people get. I love to antagonize them.
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My last 4 cars had 3 pedals ('92 SHO, 1997 Solara, 2003 Jeep Wrangler, 2006 BMW 330i). I don't think I have ever been accused of accelerating too slow. Gas is cheap and life is short. Wish my current 4 wheeled vehicles came in manual but the population doesn't demand it.
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Both my VW TDI (old one, no buy back) and Chevy 4wd truck (even older) are stick. I notice the same thing. Pull off from a light, someone is on my ass. Shift from 1st to 2nd, and they have to hit the brakes. Idiots. I'm not going to tach it out in first, that's just to get it moving. Second gear, kinda normal traffic spacing. But then, both pull STRONG in third, by then they are a memory in the distance. Sometimes I'll pull hard enough in third that I am past the speed limit, and skip shift to fifth. Since both are old, no sixth.

Maybe I should just buy automatics and get in right with the herd. Nope. Oh wait, f#$k, EPA makes it so no more sticks. Trump- HELP!!!

Dreaming...

Guess I better maintain these old beasts.
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Originally Posted by Corndog38 View Post
Both my VW TDI (old one, no buy back) and Chevy 4wd truck (even older) are stick. I notice the same thing. Pull off from a light, someone is on my ass. Shift from 1st to 2nd, and they have to hit the brakes. Idiots. I'm not going to tach it out in first, that's just to get it moving. Second gear, kinda normal traffic spacing. But then, both pull STRONG in third, by then they are a memory in the distance. Sometimes I'll pull hard enough in third that I am past the speed limit, and skip shift to fifth. Since both are old, no sixth.

Maybe I should just buy automatics and get in right with the herd. Nope. Oh wait, f#$k, EPA makes it so no more sticks. Trump- HELP!!!

Dreaming...

Guess I better maintain these old beasts.
Yes, because they don't make real trucks anymore. I don't care how good the new automatics are. Oh, and paddle shifting is cheating.
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The worst is say just cruising in a Z06 or other sports car, not going fast and someone behind you thinks you are WOT and they want to keep up and almost hit you when you shift early and often.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Yes, because they don't make real trucks anymore. I don't care how good the new automatics are. Oh, and paddle shifting is cheating.
Paddles are for row boats. The only thing you can do with them is downshift moderately.

You either have a clutch or you don't.
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Man, so many of you folks get so worked up with minor incidence that happen behind the wheels of autos.

Life's just way too short
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Originally Posted by t500hps View Post
I drive an auto (but W2W race a 5 speed) and hate tailgaters......with the "autostick" I prefer to drop 2 gears while watching for the tailgaters eyes to get the size of silver dollars. I think this one black lady could have beating the world record for eyes bulging out of her head.
You are a braver driver than I am. Too often, the people tailgating me are talking on a phone, texting or checking their make-up in the rear-view mirror. I'm not sure they'd realize I slowed down until they hit my car and I don't want to deal with that.
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Originally Posted by trimnyc View Post
Paddles are for row boats. The only thing you can do with them is downshift moderately.

You either have a clutch or you don't.
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Suggestion: Instead of policing our roadways to make sure all motorist on "your" stretch of road maintain "your" pace, why don't you just get out of the way.

Just a heads up, my depth perception sucks when I've been drinking so slow shifting off a green light is just asking for me to rear-end you.
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Originally Posted by BlueRudy View Post
Suggestion: Instead of policing our roadways to make sure all motorist on "your" stretch of road maintain "your" pace, why don't you just get out of the way.

Just a heads up, my depth perception sucks when I've been drinking so slow shifting off a green light is just asking for me to rear-end you.
The point. You have missed it.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
The point. You have missed it.
Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Now I know this doesn't pertain to anyone on here, as we all have a high degree of situational awareness and common sense. However, I'd like to make the following PSA/rant:

I drive vehicles which have three pedals (ie, the proper amount). So when I take off from a red light, I have to actually give input to the vehicle vs. texting my BFF and generally not knowing what's going on around me. As such, you may notice my vehicle pause and quit accelerating momentarily as I row through the gears. So if you are so far up my ass that when I shift you have to slam on brakes, don't throw your hands up like I'M the one being an idiot. Doing so will actually delight me, and give me a golden opportunity to do the following:

1. Shift as slow as possible to piss you off more
2. Blow you kisses as you drive by me in a fit of rage


Talking to you, idiot soccer mom in the crossover SUV. Have a good day.
Did I miss the point?

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