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Old 08-14-2022, 08:01 PM   #49 (permalink)
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Not to revive an old thread, but I find this interesting. In my Ranger I pretty much drive by ear and let the engine tell me when to shift. I've routinely used all 5 gears (5th being OD), shifting around 2500-2700 RPM until 4th gear then shifting to 5th when I hit just over 55 mph. My mileage has been great (33+ mpg) but I'm always looking for more. I can do a 2nd gear take off from a dead stop so maybe I can try 2-4-5 for a tank or two and see how it works. I don't like accelerating in 5th gear because it's over driven. I thought I had read that it was bad for FE.
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