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Downshifting transmissions

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Am I shifting the "correct" way?

To save the transmission I blip the throttle and double clutch on downshifts. This leads to some interesting stares and people that think I want to race when I am simply slowing for a stoplight. Anyone else do this on the street?

I generally see more wear and damage on the synchronizers if I don't match the transmission speed to the engine speed by double clutching on downshifts.
Most road racers I know use this method of bringing up the engine rpms to match the gear speeds in the transmission and don’t seem to have the transmission failures like the people that just slam the shifter into a lower gear and let it whine.

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I blip the gas pedal most of the time when down shifting to match the engine revs to the gear selected and speed. I don't double clutch, I just press the clutch, select the gear I want, do a blip to around 3000 - 3500 rpms and then let the clutch out. This is great practice for road racing track events. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

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