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by Shadow
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Fully Electric Mustang with Manual Transmission!
Replies: 1
Views: 81

Re: Fully Electric Mustang with Manual Transmission!

I wonder how the "engine" rpm fall is simulated? I guess it would have to be 100% electronic trickery to make an electric motor fall in rpm between shifts the way an ICE does.
by Shadow
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Fully Electric Mustang with Manual Transmission!
Replies: 1
Views: 81

Fully Electric Mustang with Manual Transmission!

Pretty Cool....but would be even cooler if it somehow made it to production. https://www.thedrive.com/news/30866/ford-mustang-lithium-is-a-900-hp-electric-pony-car-with-a-six-speed-manual?utm_source=spotim&utm_medium=spotim_recirculation&spot_im_comment_id=sp_JjtET6Vo_article$30866_c_jTxWLW&spot_im_...
by Shadow
Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: U.S. Drivers are the Pits!
Replies: 8
Views: 319

Re: U.S. Drivers are the Pits!

I saw a Modern Marvels episode about the Autobahn about 20 years ago. In it they described how the road surface is thicker... The roads are very well maintained in Germany, especially on the highways. If a pothole develops, they don't fill it. They cut out an entire section of road and replace it. ...
by Shadow
Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: U.S. Drivers are the Pits!
Replies: 8
Views: 319

Re: U.S. Drivers are the Pits!

I saw a Modern Marvels episode about the Autobahn about 20 years ago. In it they described how the road surface is thicker, how traffic fines are a percentage of your income, that running out of gas can get you in major trouble legally. Also, the show described how difficult it is to obtain a licen...
by Shadow
Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: U.S. Drivers are the Pits!
Replies: 8
Views: 319

U.S. Drivers are the Pits!

My company has it's headquarters in Germany, so I spend some time there every year. Every time I come back to the U.S. after spending time in Germany, I get reminded just how much drivers here suck at driving. Lane discipline is an absolute joke. People spend too much time looking at their phones in...
by Shadow
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: The beast has come...
Replies: 48
Views: 5062

Re: The beast has come...

Next project was to remove the AC and all related components. Got an AC delete kit to go in its place so I could keep the same belt size. After: https://i.postimg.cc/26d5zKbn/20190713-160241.jpg My '88 Mustang came from the factory with A/C delete. It had the power steering pump up where the A/C co...
by Shadow
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: How much do you drive manual for the performance reasons vs. the experience?
Replies: 22
Views: 1583

Re: How much do you drive manual for the performance reasons vs. the experience?

Probably the worst car I've ever owned in terms of top gear acceleration were my old Foxbody Mustangs. 5th gear was so severely overdrive that the car couldn't accelerate without downshifting first at highway speeds. Flooring the gas pedal did just about nothing unless you were over 80 MPH, and eve...
by Shadow
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: How much do you drive manual for the performance reasons vs. the experience?
Replies: 22
Views: 1583

Re: How much do you drive manual for the performance reasons vs. the experience?

Looks like there are some reliability casualties and the new 8 speed era is not all fun and games... The GM 8 speed drove quite well, although not ZF 8 speed level, when I tried it out. You are right for my particular car, though I mention top speed because the bigger brothers of this car, the BMW ...
by Shadow
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: I'm starting to get depressed about the automotive future
Replies: 10
Views: 392

Re: I'm starting to get depressed about the automotive future

My problem ends up being that I can't kit up a car the way I'd like with a manual. Lately, I've been attempting to build a list of cars to look at when my lease expires. There are only two that can be kitted up the way I want with a manual, the Compass and the WRX. I'd like a sunroof, heated seats,...
by Shadow
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: I'm starting to get depressed about the automotive future
Replies: 10
Views: 392

Re: I'm starting to get depressed about the automotive future

I've always been a fan of the manuals and I've driven them for a long time. Up until a few years ago I didn't even consider buying a new car if it wasn't automatic. And that hurt my selection big time. But things have changed, and I was forced to change with them. Now, I've not abandoned my love of...
by Shadow
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: I'm starting to get depressed about the automotive future
Replies: 10
Views: 392

I'm starting to get depressed about the automotive future

Like most of you, I've been dreading the demise of the manual transmission for quite some time now. And gladly, there are still many choices out there for people who want to buy a car with a clutch pedal. But Audi no longer offers any cars with manual transmissions. BMW even stopped offering their p...
by Shadow
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: You Fixed the Ops, Now Fix My Car!
Replies: 8
Views: 526

Re: You Fixed the Ops, Now Fix My Car!

The easy answer is to dump the entire concept of flat rate. It's one of the reasons that I got out of the car repair business many years ago. Sure, you can make good money at times, but there's a lot of BS politics involved (who gets the gravy jobs?) and unless you work in a super busy shop, it's no...
by Shadow
Fri May 10, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Weighted Shift Knobs
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Weighted Shift Knobs

Well, my OEM shifter looks like this and is mostly covered in perforated leather. I really like the look & feel, so I don't want to swap it out. I can pop off the top and fill the knob to weight it and I don't think it will make any difference as far as hot or cold temps. At least I hope not...
by Shadow
Wed May 08, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Weighted Shift Knobs
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Weighted Shift Knobs

Anyone ever swap out their OEM shift knob for a weighted one? Reason I ask is because there's a guy on the Audi forums who decided to pop the top off of his OEM shift knob and fill it with lead shot. Then he poured in a bit of Elmer's glue to keep the shot from rattling around and also to add a bit ...