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Old 08-26-2004, 11:15 AM   #1
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how much redlining is too much redlining?

hey all...kinda new here. couple days ago i got an 03 mustang gt. used but with only 6500 miles, 5spd..i love it. anyways, its the first manual car i've ever driven, let alone owned. first day i got the clutch and shifting down no sweat.

however, i've been driving it pretty hard today and yesterday (i <3 gt), and the only problem i ever come across is shifting to third. the shift patterns pretty tight, and i got stuck 2 or 3 times while full throttling and just flat out redlined it for a couple seconds each time. i knwo this is not a good thing and that it will eventually lead to my motor blowing the f up, but, would you guys suggest getting a different shifter? and also, do you think i already did any damage? sorry for the long post...
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Old 08-26-2004, 12:10 PM   #2
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Re: how much redlining is too much redlining?

You can look into a short throw shifter by hurst or many other companies. The shifts are a lot quicker and smoother. As for any damage, most likely nothing but if you continue riding your car in that manner you'll probably run into problems down the road. (Check out summitracing.com for shifter options.)
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redlining with the clutch pressed in or the trans in neutral is actually not all that bad... yes, if you do it too much you'll blow a rod, but lots of relining only REALLY hurts your motor if you do it under load (e.g. full throttle at 6 grand while in gear with the clutch out)
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Re: how much redlining is too much redlining?

hm yea hurst short shifter i find to be most reccomended. and yea thats kinda good to heara bout redlining.. thanks guys
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along with the shifter you could also look into a rev limiter. msd makes some real nice ones
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His stock rev limiter is perfectly fine, and get a steeda tri-ax over a hurst shifter.
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Re: how much redlining is too much redlining?

Pro 5.0 base with tri-ax handle here. Love it.
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Re: how much redlining is too much redlining?

what kinda price different we lookin at between hurst and steeda? i know steeda makes a bad ass product and im willing to shell out the money but how much will the steeda tri-ax run for? ...also maybe a dumb question, are both the hurst and steeda short shifties direct fits?

and i was looking into upgrading ignition components...maybe mess with the rev limiter then idk yet i need $$$ first lol
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Re: how much redlining is too much redlining?

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redlining with the clutch pressed in or the trans in neutral is actually not all that bad... yes, if you do it too much you'll blow a rod, but lots of relining only REALLY hurts your motor if you do it under load (e.g. full throttle at 6 grand while in gear with the clutch out)

Actually reving and engine and redlining while not under load is much worse to an engine that while underload. Still nothing that could cause serious damage if you don't do it a lot.

Asks yourself why do engine dyno's simulate a full load condition when breaking them in and dynoing them when they could still make the same calculations with a mininaml load on the engine?
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