I have a question about regearing and how it relates to a manual transmission.
From what I understand, when people typically regear, they do so to drive at any given speed with a slightly higher RPM than they were before.
This leads me to believe that if you were to regear on a manual, the only places you would see a difference is starting out in first gear and finishing in 6th. Is this correct? If you want higher RPM anywhere in between, you could simply delay the shift a little (or gear down) and get a similar result couldn't you? Or am I out to lunch on this?
It's just that I find it curious that other people find their truck sluggish with 33's and I wonder if it's either because they are driving autos, or perhaps because they are using E load tires when I have D. I admit, when I first put the tires on, they felt a little slower from a standstill, but once the revs are up, it feels prety much the same to me (which is plenty powerful for enthusiastic passing on mountain roads). I do like shifting gears though, and usually drive at higher rpms when I'm feeling the need for speed because I've always owed rev happy cars with either turbos or vtec. I do have to say though, if it wasn't so expensive to regear I would on both my car and my truck so that I could redline in 3rd gear much sooner, rather than beyond the max speed limit around here. Kinda takes the fun out of revving when you blow the speed limit in 2nd gear and you're straight into 5th or 6th.
Anyone care to comment?