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Old September 10th, 2007, 08:40 AM
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changing gear in low box

Iv'e noticed while driving with others in low box that they pull away in first and change up through the gears. I do it back to front, pull away in 3rd and change down if need be. Decending a steep hill, 1st. Climbing a hill 2nd or 3rd depending on how steep and how long. I can't see the point in changing gears in low box, does no harm pulling away in 3rd its the same as 1st in high range. Am i the only one who drives this way or do others?

3rd low and BOOT IT
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Old September 10th, 2007, 09:30 AM
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I pull away on 3rd low all the time, it is good between obstacles. Normally the guys I go with are in auto gearboxes and I don't try to match their driving style, they have a tendency to go faster than I do between stuff driving along in "D" in low range. I prefer to trundle along at a steady pace and shift to a lower gear when I need to same as you.

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Old September 10th, 2007, 10:27 AM
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I do the same.
Can't you feel 'em circlin' (closin'in) honey?
Can't you feel 'em swimmin' around?
You got fins to the left, fins to the right,
and you're the only bait in town.
You got fins to the left, fins to the right,
and you're the only girl in town.

Jimmy Buffett

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Old September 10th, 2007, 08:52 PM
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Sure. Use whatever gear is needed. 3rd low would be a normal pull away gear.
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Old September 11th, 2007, 05:04 PM
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That actually sounds like a much better way to drive in low. I usually start in second low, but even that's too low sometimes. Especially when wheeling with guys in auto's.
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