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Shift points for automatic trans

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Ultima GTR Guy, May 3, 2010.

  1. May 3, 2010 at 4:11 PM
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    Ultima GTR Guy

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    I have an '09 with a V6 auto trans. I would like to be able to stop the trans from automatically kicking down a gear or two when I put my foot into the gas pedal. Has anyone made their auto trans into more of a manual trans?
     
  2. May 3, 2010 at 4:12 PM
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    I'm not sure how to put this- but this is one of the sillier questions I've seen in a while. If you wanted more of a manual trans- Why not get a stick shift??

    I don't know of an auto that doesn't drop a gear when you get into the pedal... Lighten that foot up and you won't have the issue any more??
     
  3. May 3, 2010 at 4:18 PM
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    true the manual sounds like a better fit for you. never heard of any way to keep an auto from downshifting when it wants to.
     
  4. May 3, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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    I'm sorry if this sounds silly. Here is my logic. The gear ratios of the auto are far better for me than the manual ratios are which is what prompted the decision to go with an automatic.

    What I would really like is for the Tacoma to operate more like the SMG trans in my M3 where it can go into a manual mode or an automatic mode. In the manual mode, it doesn't shift without moving the level.
     
  5. May 3, 2010 at 4:26 PM
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    I see the confusion. I'm trying to keep the motor at the peak of the torque curve (approx 3k rpm). I'm not trying to over rev the engine to race it. I'm mostly interested in this while towing a race car & trailer.
     
  6. May 3, 2010 at 4:34 PM
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    Does that make more sense now that I've explained the reasoning behind my original question?
     
  7. May 3, 2010 at 4:39 PM
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    It makes sense, but if you are interested in keeping it in a certain rpm range
    the manual transmission would of been a better option.
     
  8. May 3, 2010 at 4:40 PM
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    It makes a bit more sense...but fighting what the truck is trying to do is against my nature.
    You spent the money to have it make the decisions for you...
     
  9. May 3, 2010 at 4:43 PM
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    How true. But that would be known as hind sight...
     
  10. May 3, 2010 at 4:47 PM
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    Last time I looked max torque was 4300rpm for on the 4.0, your gonna have to rev it a bit more.

    I shift my auto manually if I don't want it upshifting every time I back off the gas or downshifting everytime I get back on the gas. My hand sits naturally on the shifter with my fore-arm on the arm rest. Just flick it back and forth between whichever gear you want......
     
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    both of my previous trucks where manual
    But this one came with the auto, and had everything else i wanted
    i love driving stick, but can say im not really missing it either.

    I do believe the truck thinks its smarter than me, and im afraid she may be right ??
     
  12. May 3, 2010 at 6:05 PM
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    HAve you tried dring in 4 rather than D? Might help out a little while towing. As for manual chaning of gears. I would think that cannot be good for the auto after a while. But I really have no knowledge on the subject just rambling thoughts.
     
  13. May 3, 2010 at 9:27 PM
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    I was bummed out to find my friend's 07 Tundy has the sport shift option. I really think that would come in handy no matter what you are driving...sports car, mini van, semi truck, etc. The sport shift allows you to select that gear you want (or in the OPs case the RPM band) which is good for towing. We do have the option to select 2-4th gear manually, but I think it is smoother and more functional to do this in the sport shift. I know in the manual it tells us to select a lower gear while towing or driving up a hill if the transmission is 'searching' for gears, read: switching gears too often.

    Just my $.02...exchange rate on my money may vary depending on the market!

    JER
     
  15. May 4, 2010 at 8:24 AM
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    Finally someone that really gets the intent of the original question!

    I guess after all this exchange, nobody is familiar with any mods to alter the shifting. Thanks 2.7taco, I'll check into those guys to see if they can add anything. If so, I'll bring the info back here.

    I appreciate everyone weighing in on this question...
     
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