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    Shifting sweet spot

    Iíd like to improve my shifting. Iím using the gas increase/clutch out teeter totter balance method which works. But sometimes I hit a sweet spot in a shift where I donít lose rpm, feels like I conserve ALL the momentum as I go into the higher gear.

    I donít know what the secret is to hitting tat sweet spot every single time.

    Can anyone share tips? Do I need to come in sooner with the gas?

    Thank you

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    Saab Scania of North America (before Saab Cars USA) used to publish Saab Soundings magazine. In 1983, there was an article about the benefits of shifting 1 - 3 - 5 for fuel economy. However, don't lug the engine too much and don't do this during the first 1-2,000 miles.

    Closer to the question asked, I think it's just trial and error. Give enough gas to have high enough rpms but not too high.

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    ...and complete the shift before too much momentum/rpm are lost?

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    Yes, with a barely perceptible pause in neutral.

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