How do you guys find you get the best acceleration from the manual fords. I seem to think get revs up to at least 2000 before releasing the clutch works well, otherwise if its sorta both at the same time the 0-20km/hr accelerating is pretty sluggish anyhow, afterthat the acceleration is unreal. Some people reckon rev it up to around 4250rpm where the most power is and then release the clutch.
The way I used to take off for max acceleration was by revving to about 2800 rpm with the clutch in. I then used to drop the clutch, and floor the throttle. There was usually a fair bit of wheel spin through first, but it still maintained a very good pull.
However, I blew up my diff doing something similar to this, so when I go back to the 2.77, I'll have to figure out something else.
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Bass and all. I've had 3 manuals before all of diff. cars. You will perfect excellent take off over time and trial. I found that smooth release of the clutch and good acceleration is the best rather than revving and dumping. This is fine for wheel spinning but it bogs down as traction occurs. With autos for good take off in a rev range, stall it up a bit.
Why you wanna shorten your shifter ? Maybe it gets in the way when you doing those chicks in the front eh ? or they think the shifter is longer than your.. eh i will shutup hehe. Anyway nuh I havnt tried it.
What you said about the revs going high without the traction i found that happened when i go from 0 aruond the corners too fast, or more often when I had the stock tyres, but the 215s seem bit better for it
I've found that the slow release of the clutch is the best way by a long shot. I spent an hour or so with a mate trying different methods. I actually lost over a second in my 0-100 time by dumping the clutch. (7.9 seconds VS. 9.1 seconds when dumping the clutch).
Bass, i've been thinking about shortening my gear lever for a while, it's supposedly a very simple operation, but i just haven't got around to it yet. I've seen it done on other cars (never an EA), and it is soooooooo much nicer. Makes shifting much faster!
As for removing the bend, i think it'd just depend on the individual (ie. your seating possition, and how long your arms are!). Perhaps try the gear lever from an AU first (they are the same, but just don't have the bend in them). I know that in the AU, most people (me included!) bang their hands on the stereo when in 1st or 3rd, so perhaps removing the bend is not such a good idea (although, i think the AU dash sticks out more as well).
Let us know what you decide - I hope this was of some use...
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