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Do You Use Your Rev Counter? (if You Have One)  
User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3191 times:

Apart for redline-shifting  Silly and clutchless shifting, what's the use of a rev counter ? and do you actually use yours for normal, mundane driving ?

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User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 932 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3180 times:

I do occasionally...In my car, I know that in second gear and at exactly 2000 RPM, I go exactly 30 km/h...very handy for school zones.

Like almost every car, my power band does not reach all the way to redline. When I am aiming for maximum performance, I generally keep it between torque peak at 3000 RPM and peak HP at 5500 RPM. Anything below and the car is obviously very sluggish, and anything above and you can really feel the power fall off, more so than other cars.

BTW, I currently drive a modded Mk.2 GTi...215 hp at the wheels.



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User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3172 times:

Tachometers are not essential in a vehicle with a manual transmission, but can prove to be very useful. That's why even automatics have them. Example: your vehicle is running rough. If you look at your tach and notice that the needle is bouncing slightly, it is a strong indicator that your engine is misfiring (missing). This tells you to replace your rotor and cap, and spark plugs. Doing this yourself before going to the shop is a hell of a lot cheaper, and if that doesn't fix the problem you can return the parts. And if you have a car in which you need to monitor the red line, then you know how to change these parts.  Wink

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User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3165 times:

Sometimes it is the only way I know if my car is running.. Like if I am doing a rolling start in the driveway, that is how I verify the car did in fact start, because I cannot hear the engine over the radio. I could tell by vibration but the tach being at idle is a faster indication

I also use it to know when to shift when I am going down the highway at 70mph I have no air conditioning and while I can usually shift by feel or by knowing what my speed is I like having it there.

I also use the tach to keep an eye on engine health.. If things are idling nice and smooth all is well.. If it can't hold a steady idle, somthing might be wrong. It hasn't been a problem yet but sometimes someone with a lousy sounding car pulls up next to me at the light and I like knowing it isn't my car with a case of the farts.


User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3162 times:

Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Thread starter):
Apart for redline-shifting Silly and clutchless shifting, what's the use of a rev counter ? and do you actually use yours for normal, mundane driving ?

I have to admit I do not use the rev counter. When I clutchless shift, I do that 'by the ear' - much more efficient for me, as it takes me more concentration to check the rev counter while doing that, while I can pinpoint the right time more precisely by the ear. But to each his own.

Cheers,

707


User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

I have one, but my car is automatic, so it does all that gear changing for me. The car gets serviced every 10k, so it should be running well between services. It looks nice going up and down, but would be more use in a manual car.

User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1848 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

I drive a stick and I don't even have a tach...

User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3151 times:

Quoting 707CMF (Reply 4):
When I clutchless shift, I do that 'by the ear'

I understand now why the Astrhaa's gearbox and clutch are such in a sorry state ! Rhaa ! so not buying your foolish Megane when she hits 200K.

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User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3146 times:

Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Reply 7):

I understand now why the Astrhaa's gearbox and clutch are such in a sorry state ! Rhaa ! so not buying your foolish Megane when she hits 200K.

I do not clutchless shift on my cars when I intend to keep them.

And as for the Astrhaa, you got what you paid for...

Cheers,

707


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3143 times:

I have clutchless shift on my car. Although it makes a very funny noise when I go from D ("Driving") to R ("Racing") when I'm overtaking.

User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3143 times:

Quoting 707CMF (Reply 8):
And as for the Astrhaa, you got what you paid for...

A bit more actually, I also got a free cellphone, sweet wrappers, loose change and a statue of the Virgin.

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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

I do. It's awesome to see the rev counter go up when I accelerate in 1st gear (I have a manual). It's digital in my car though.


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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3134 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 9):
Although it makes a very funny noise when I go from D ("Driving") to R ("Racing") when I'm overtaking.

I wonder what you can overtake on the corniche roads with an automatic Tillie  Wink. Kirkie's blown Nova perhaps ?

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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3132 times:

Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Reply 12):
I wonder what you can overtake on the corniche roads with an automatic Tillie . Kirkie's blown Nova perhaps ?

Or maybe your Astrhaaa  Wink



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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3124 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 13):
Or maybe your Astrhaaa

Not a chance, I'm in the left seat  Wink

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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 9):
I have clutchless shift on my car. Although it makes a very funny noise when I go from D ("Driving") to R ("Racing") when I'm overtaking.

Overtaking ? Does that not cause the bouffant to move out of place though JGP??

As for me - I use my ear and feel rather than look at the rev counter when changing between all six gears....



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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3116 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 15):
As for me - I use my ear and feel rather than look at the rev counter when changing between all six gears....

Your A3 uses the stuff we put in frying pans  Wink ? Beuaarrk !

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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Reply 12):
I wonder what you can overtake on the corniche roads with an automatic Tillie . Kirkie's blown Nova perhaps ?

Just about everyone ! Everyone living between NCE and MCM is at least 90 years old and drives a Rover 214 - even Kirkíe's Nova could take them out.

Quoting Cornish (Reply 15):
Overtaking ? Does that not cause the bouffant to move out of place though JGP??

That's what the Grace Kelly-style scarf is for ! You're so unsophisticated...


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3107 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 17):
Just about everyone ! Everyone living between NCE and MCM is at least 90 years old and drives a Rover 214 - even Kirkíe's Nova could take them out.

Ah but everyone knows Rovers are impossible to overtake as they drive in second gear down the middle of the road - mind you I guess the roads are wider over there so you can undertake.

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 17):
You're so unsophisticated...

Well I am Cornish......

Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Reply 16):
Your A3 uses the stuff we put in frying pans ? Beuaarrk !

You're just jealous - ha!



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3084 times:
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I do on my bike because it accelerates very quickly and reaches the 14,000rpm redline in a flash if you don't keep an eye on it.

Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Thread starter):
and do you actually use yours for normal, mundane driving

I drive a BMW so mundane driving is unknown to me LOL

[Edited 2005-07-06 14:10:20]


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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 41
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3078 times:

Quoting MrChips (Reply 1):
I know that in second gear and at exactly 2000 RPM, I go exactly 30 km/h...very handy for school zones.

Sorry to be picky but don't you have a speedometer?  Smile

Mine's automatic but well sound proofed so it's useful for seeing what gear it's in, e.g. I might need to blip the accellerator to just tip it into top gear at 20-25 mph.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26484 posts, RR: 75
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks ago) and read 3063 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 9):
I have clutchless shift on my car. Although it makes a very funny noise when I go from D ("Driving") to R ("Racing") when I'm overtaking.

So go get a real car with a real manual transmission.

BTW, I use the tach constantly. I much prefer it to sound shifting.



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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3056 times:

Rarely,

The only time I do is when I'm pushing it, as much fun as it is i'd like to stay out of the redline.. Occasionally I glance down to see at what revs I shift (generally around 3000rpm) but thats it. I do like having a rev counter though, my brothers old car didn't have one and it was boring.


User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4682 posts, RR: 46
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3039 times:

Yes, all the time, it's the only instrument I look at while driving.


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User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Reply 10):
and a statue of the Virgin.

The bearded wonder who owns an airline?  eek 


25 JGPH1A : Changing gear manually ? How retro. Do you talk long-distance by semaphore as well ? Move with the times...
26 LBA : I use the tacho to avoid going over 3,000 rpm - no point in an A3 2.0 TDi (is there Cornish?!) as peak torque is around this level.
27 Theredbaron : My Vw is chipped so it has NO limiter, I use the tach to avoid going over 7000rpm, it would kill the engine....
28 Post contains images Bongo : I only use my ears as a rev counter
29 BaylorAirBear : Is it called a "rev counter" in Europe? BaylorAirBear
30 Post contains images Jamie757 : I use my tachometer (rev counter) all the time when I'm driving, that way I know exactly when the engine is primed for overtaking, peak torque being p
31 David L : In common usage, it's called a rev counter in the UK. And the speedometer is known colloquially as the gozat dial.
32 ANITIX87 : Sorry if we like to have fun and aren't lazy. Plus, we get MUCH better gas mileage than the same car in automatic. As to the question at hand, yes, I
33 Post contains images Leezyjet : I use mine all the time especially on the motorway. I don't usually go over 5,500 rpm on the motorway which is usually around 85-90mph. As I drive a c
34 AA777 : I use mine to see whether i need to be in 5th or 6th gear while im cruising on the highway.... if my revs are too low, I shift down to 5th, to keep th
35 Post contains images SLC1 : Sometimes, when I'm going about 30 mph, I'll look and see my RPMs up past 4500, and it makes me think, hmm ... I should really be in 2nd gear now. Whi
36 CaptOveur : I need to either have an automatic or a cupholder.. A manual with no cupholder is a recipe for disaster. An automatic also makes it easier to answer t
37 Post contains images FlyAUA : I use it when I am listening to my music really loud in the car since I am not able to hear the sound of the engine in that case. It's a good indicat
38 N1120A : I do move with the times. I move much quicker than you since I drive a true manual
39 Theredbaron : seems to me you havent driven a DSG transmision....too bad keep rowing
40 MD-90 : It increases driver awareness of what the car is doing, which is a good thing. Not forcing a 16-year-old Toyo Cressida to 6900 rpm just to find out wh
41 CaptOveur : Actually, in my rather ancient honda the Tach and the Speedo are about the same size.
42 JGPH1A : You reckon ? It is possible to drive fast in an automatic too, believe it or not. I do it every day.
43 Aerorobnz : Yes, I use it more than I do my speedo. An Alfa has to have a tacho, whether it's selespeed steering wheel shifting or not.... You can look after the
44 CaptOveur : I always hated not knowing when an automatic is going to downshift.. I can corner faster in my car because i can go down a gear when I need to, not wh
45 Post contains images Cornish : Yes - nothing gets to a MacDonalds Drivethru quicker than a hungry JGP
46 WAH64D : I drive a 6 speed manual with the VW 1.8 Turbo 20 valve engine, slightly tuned to roughly 250bhp. I always look at the rev counter for up changes.
47 Post contains images JGPH1A : I have obtained secret CCTV photos of what happened when Cornish tried to parallel-park his "A3" (actually a Smart Car) in Staines High Street. Warni
48 Post contains images Cornish : A smart car ? Hmm I don't think so - driving around with my partner, a basket of shopping and a small dog in one of those things (gay car of the year
49 Post contains images JGPH1A : Come now - nobody believes you about your rah-rah A3. This is what he really drives, folks. That was the Fatwah - even the wind acts in obedience to
50 Post contains images Cornish : Hmm I can imagine my Dad writing me out of his will the moment I turned up in the village back home in that thing.... That was your wind we encounter
51 JGPH1A : Yes the Divine Wind - Hamseen Al Bakhedbeen !
52 Post contains images Cornish :
53 KFLLCFII : I've found that I can generally "feel" the RPM right through the accelerator pedal or the shift lever, so even with the soundsystem cranked, it's sti
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