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Old 06-30-2020, 11:16 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by COcyclist View Post

We have discussed DFCO and engine braking in previous posts and I was doing a lot of that. I also was trying to conserve momentum through the corners so I would have less acceleration losses coming out of the corners. Carry momentum as much as you can do safely.
I always apply those techniques. On the BC I can clearly see when fuel is being injected again, and that's around 900 rpm. A modern TDI has very little braking power, even at high rpm's, so the car can coast in gear for a very long time. In my case it will maintain speed on light descents and even accelerate at a percentage of 5%. When engine braking is really required, the air conditioning does the job.

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Old 07-02-2020, 06:14 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by GreenTDI View Post
When engine braking is really required, the air conditioning does the job.
Even though turning the AC on might suffice, sometimes an exhaust brake such as the ones fitted to large trucks is desirable. Reminds me of a Suzuki Vitara repowered with a Volkswagen EA827 1.6D that an uncle of mine used to own.

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