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shifting at what rpm?

heys guys, i have a 3rd gen with a 4.0 and its got 209k on it. i usually shift at about 3k but it soundslike it might be a litle hard on it. do you guys think this is being "hard" on my truck? thanks
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nope.. well i dont think so anyway... i usually dont look at the tach when im shifting.. but within reason...
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2500 to 3 is fine. Now if you are like my buddy that always shifts at retarded RPMs then you are being harsh. He found a reason to need 8000 RPM in a drive through.
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I never had the joy of a 5 speed with a tach...
1st to 2nd at 15mph.
2nd to 3rd at 25 or 30
3rd to 4th at 35 or 40
4th to 5th OD at 45 or 55
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Wel when im just crusin and not trying to get anywhere really or anywhwere fast i shift at like 1800-2000. i wont go above 2k rpm. when i feel like goin a little faster ill go ip to like 3k 3100. if im gettin on it to get on the freeway or w.e ill go up to like 4500 max. theres no need imo to go above 4500. on a side not what is the red line on the 4.0's? someone said 10% above your max hp...
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4000 is the redline, but the powerband ends at about 3200- 3500. the only time i have ever got my truck up to 4000 was when my buddy thought it was necessary to rev my truck that high for a video lol. he is a dumbass
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Redline at 4000???
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Redline at 4000???
i mean 5000 sorry, 4000 is my personal redline
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no way 4k cant be the red line. thats like a deasel motor red like. it cant be
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ok sorry didnt see the correction but yea 4500 is the absolute max for me under anything. and thats only once in a WHILE
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i mean 5000 sorry, 4000 is my personal redline
LOL. I was going to say. I have personally had it up to what looked like 6200 on the dash but my scanguage only says 5800 but that is on a SOHC 4.0. I only go that high when I'm accelerating at full throttle while passing someone or showing a ricer that Rangers aren't that slow.
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I only go that high when I'm accelerating at full throttle while passing someone or showing a ricer that Rangers aren't that slow.
thats right baby.... forget all those baggin on our little trucks callin them slow.... 4.FAST baby!!!!!!!!!!!! lol jk... but really there not that slow. the 3.0 i have to say are gutless but the 4.0 arent bad
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yeah diesels redline sometimes even at 3500
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yeah diesels redline sometimes even at 3500
Oh yeah I know that. Even some gassers. My buddy had a 95 Tahoe 5.7 and it topped out at 4000.
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Oh yeah I know that. Even some gassers. My buddy had a 95 Tahoe 5.7 and it topped out at 4000.
that's because it's a chevy, and chevys cannot handle REAL man power
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that's because it's a chevy, and chevys cannot handle REAL man power
I'm going to have to say lame post on that one. Early 5.0 Mustangs couldn't rev much either but RPMs have nothing to do with how good an engine is. Also if you look Chevy is putting out way more power with their LS engines than Ford V8 engines.
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I'm going to have to say lame post on that one. Early 5.0 Mustangs couldn't rev much either but RPMs have nothing to do with how good an engine is. Also if you look Chevy is putting out way more power with their LS engines than Ford V8 engines.
oh god. please. we are on this site in which we support a ford product, sorry man but im not going to argue over early mustang stats
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I usually shift my 2.9 around 1500 to 2000 for normal driving. But I'll go up to 4500 while getting on the interstate or passing.
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@ 2500-3000 RPMs for normal driving but if Im heading up the MT's its around 3200-3300
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i **** to 2nd and 3rd gear at around 1600-1900 and to 4th around 2000 and to 5th at 2100 some like that.. depends on whether im going flat or clmbing...


almost never been over 3500 only when going flat or downhil on 5th and going 115 mph XD
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I usually shift between 2000 and 3000 for normal driving.

If I need to get on it, I'll shift between 4000 and 4500.
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3,000 for me unless im just puttering through town.
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Usually 3000-3500...My shift light is set to come on at 4500, but I redline at 5500
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I never had the joy of a 5 speed with a tach...
1st to 2nd at 15mph.
2nd to 3rd at 25 or 30
3rd to 4th at 35 or 40
4th to 5th OD at 45 or 55
Same here.
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Well I have an auto transmission but I am curious what the deal is with reving the engine past redline when racing as they do on pinks or fast and the furious. Is it because shifting would put them on the very low end of the powerband or are they running out of gearing?

I set my auto transmission to shift at 2000 rpm from 1-2 and 2-3 at light throttle. 3-4 can shift at 1800 at light throttle. 5th gear torque concerter locks up at 40mph at light throttle. All WOT shifts are at 4500 rpm.

I would really love to tune a DCT transmission on my truck to get rid of all the slushyness.
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