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    I have a question on gear ratio.

    Hi, I'm wondering if any one can help me understand about the manual gear ratio. This question is not specific to Impreza, but I didn't know who to ask.

    I've been reading up on altering gear ratio in order to improve performance and/or accleration, but I have a hard time understanding what that really means for me in everyday driving. How would my car respond differently now that for example, a manual transmission with 4 gears vs more closely designed 6 gears seen nowadays in some cars? Is close ratio manual transmission or more gears always better? Can any one help me out here?


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    if you have a close ratio gear box, youll be shifting alot more. for example i have a five speed wrx and my friend has a spec v. when we drive i could be in 4th and shes already in 5th at roughly the same rpms.

    also another friend has a highly modded wrx with decently taller gear ratios and top speed for each gear is about 5 percant higher, for example stock 3rd tops at like 95ish... and his tops at 110ish...

    if you do alot of racing and you shift pretty quick, you might want closer gear ratios.
    07 white STi in CT

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    Generally more gears allows closer ratios which means it keeps you in the powerband better.
    Last edited by cavallino333; 11-24-2006 at 08:20 PM.
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