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shift points on a 5 speed, around 2k-2200, downshift around 1700, never ever lug it lower than 1500, and never pull in 5th unless pure flat with no stress, up hill, heavy loads, slow down and gear down, and keep a check on dope in the tranny, this will extend the life alot....:thumbsup
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i shift mine at 1800 if i'mjust cruising around. i shift down most of the time to start slowing. when i take off from a stop i just slowly let the clutch out, no need for throttle unless you do a 2nd gear start.
thanks guys i'm just trying to get opionons from everyone around here. The truck has 225k with the clutch from the factory. It just keeps going and going..... does bogging the motor burn your clutch out or hurt anything?
Last edited by CumminforCummins; 09-04-2008 at 01:23 PM.
if you want to take care of her, in my opinion dont ever downshift to slow down(empty no load), with a stop ahead. when i am rollin around and see a stop light or sign i grab the clutch and put it in N! then as traffic patterns allow i will select the gear for the given speed. from a stop use 2(unless huge hill or loaded). the 3 rd gear is fairly tall but if i am slowing down from 40-50 mph to turn on my side street , i brake, clutch, then gently slip into 3rd (You can feel the syncros work) and take off again at 20 ish mph . she lugs a little at first, but will not hurt anything in the 5.96bt. Just the way I learned how to drive a handshaker. brakes are cheap, easy to replace and the tranny/clutch is expensive to replace and burnup. also dont lug under 1600 rpm in 5th and never idle at a stop with your clutch depressed, it will wear out your throw out bearing fast! the beauty of the manual is you can decide what gear/speed is best for your application/speed. I think my truck likes a combination of being driven like old granma would and puttin the hammer to the floor. just my two cents. peelout
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