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Long gear, Short Gear and Gear Throw

wilson4mba wilson4mba
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 04/11
Posted: 04/21/11
10:41 PM

I was reading a review of Volkswagen Polo in one of the auto magazine of India. The review was excellent and the writer had lots of good words to say about Polo. I found some technical words which i could not understand such has Gear Throw, Short gear and Long gear. Can some body explain it to me what does it actually mean.


banned1234567880Z banned1234567880Z
Moderator | Posts: 319 | Joined: 11/08
Posted: 04/24/11
10:01 AM

VW couldn't find much of a market for the Polo in the USA.  After my family owned a Audi 5000 though, I'm frightened to own any VW product. None the less a long gear will feel more spread out than a short gear. Automakers can adjust the gearing in any automobile when it comes to that. I remember how short the gearing was in my Sentra SE-R.  At least in 1st gear it was.  I didn't have to press the gas pedal very hard in 1st gear to make it jump. It didn't take too long before it hit redline too.  I shifted up fast into longer gears because of that, where I could comfortably cruise. 5th gear was a pretty long gear in that car.  I could use it around 40 MPH all the way to the end.  Gear Throw is more or less a subjective as to how the shifter feels when putting the car into gear.  A short gear throw for example would feel fast and possibly tight too.  Longer gear throws don't engage into gear as fast and quick as a short gear throw would.  

wilson4mba wilson4mba
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 04/11
Posted: 04/25/11
07:13 PM

Thanks Austin, i was out of station for 2 days and couldn't see your reply. I guess i am pretty clear now.  

banned1234567880Z banned1234567880Z
Moderator | Posts: 319 | Joined: 11/08
Posted: 04/27/11
08:31 AM

I'm happy I could help you a little Wilson.  Right now I'm stuck with a motorcycle that I wouldn't mind having a taller 5th gear or an additional 6th gear on it. I need  something to keep the revs down while cruising on the highway.  Although I'm just judging by this bike's noise, since it doesn't come with a tachometer.  Tongue  I have been living with this bike for a long time though, so I'm getting use to the highway noise.  

DelfinAshley DelfinAshley
New User | Posts: 25 | Joined: 05/11
Posted: 07/06/12
03:54 AM

It does seem its better to get all the info from the specialist rather than keep on fidling about a question that keeps nagging on the mind and we cannot find answers that easily about.  

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