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Re: 5 Speed - Why? Totally wrong use!

Subject: Re: 5 Speed - Why? Totally wrong use!
From: (Matthew Trebelhorn)
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 16:42:40 -0400
"Ptegler" <> wrote:
> Sorry Matt but I do have to blast you a bit here...
> not just for your logistics of changing gears...
> but for tearing up your engine as well! Shame on you...
> bogging it down like that! These engines are designed
> for light load higher revs.  clumping along in O/D
> at under 50 simply strains the heck out of your engine.


> So... the point of this is ranting....
> spend your money the way you want.  Personally,  I'll stay with 
> the proven oem   
> Paul Tegler

Well, actually, I hate bogging my engine down.  I still have a 4 speed in my 
car -- one that I rebuilt myself -- which is to say that I have stuck with oem 
pieces.  I imagine that we agree on more than you think -- sorry if I 
mis-communicated in the earlier message.

I will, though, defend myself on one point.  In the miles I've done in an o/d 
car (and yes, those miles are few compared to the 125K+ I've done in my 'B) it 
has seemed pretty awkward.  Or, more to the point, not as simple as a normal 

If I were to undertake the large-ish project of putting in a different gearbox, 
I would personally rather have a slightly more complicated initial installation 
and have absolute, no explanation required simplicity from the drivers seat.

One last thought.  I know I'm not the only person here who has accidentally hit 
the wiper switch while autocrossing.  'nuff said.

Have a good weekend, all.


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