View Single Post
Old 04-17-2018, 01:37 PM   #110 (permalink)
aardvarcus
Master EcoModder
 
aardvarcus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Evensville, TN
Posts: 491

Amocat - '05 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Manual Access
90 day: 26.55 mpg (US)

Deep Blue - '94 GMC Suburban K2500 SLE
90 day: 23.24 mpg (US)
Thanks: 150
Thanked 395 Times in 210 Posts
In my old 1991 you could do it either way, but from a dead stop I usually just launched in that low gear. If I was rolling at all I would use second. That was more habit more than anything, but launching in the low gear from a stop light I would be shifting before I made it through the intersection.

The advantage of having such a low first gear means I can swap in the tallest rear end gears I can without worrying about being able to take off from a stop, even on a hill or with a trailer. In the Suburban, I plan to do a gear swap to 3.42, which is the tallest (lowest number) gears that will fit the factory differentials. I just need to finish it so I can start driving it to learn my preference.
  Reply With Quote