: 2nd Gear start

05-03-06, 08:18 PM
Interested to know if anyone else starts in 2nd gear?

I find I can do this about 85% of the time with no added throttle. If it looks like I am going to need the throttle to get rolling, I start in first without added throttle. I started thinking about this as a temporary CAGS fix until EFI Live is able to tune the LS2. It has worked well so far and I know many atutomatic cars these days do it for gas mileage (yeah I know the converter slips). My mileage was not affected either way, so it's a wash as far as that is concerned.

05-03-06, 08:40 PM
eh, really depend on the situation, I usually start in first then go 3-5-6...unless the car is rolling at all, then Ill do a 2nd gear start, but usually always first...second tends to bog alot from a dead stop...dont wanna kill my clutch that way.

05-03-06, 09:10 PM
I tend to start off in 2nd about 30% of the time, but Nikon is right. Any chance of loading the clutch too much and I'll start in first. Like racing those pesky BMWs and Mercedes from the light. http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/images/icons/icon12.gif

05-03-06, 10:01 PM
Depends totally on how fast I want to take off. For me, that means 2nd gear about 95% of the time. I skip one or more gears 98% of the time. Doesn't hurt the clutch unless I'm slipping it too much, which occurs less than if I was dumping the clutch at a moderate to high RPM in 1st. :)

05-03-06, 10:06 PM
I'm guilty of 2nd gear starts... about 95% of the time as well. :)

05-04-06, 08:19 AM
Maybe 5% of the time and those are my lazy stops when there is still . . 3 or 4 mph worth of momentum going. I'm a control freak. I like to always be in a low enough gear to accelerate out of a situation. I love a manual tranny. Even this balky T56.

05-04-06, 08:34 AM
Depends on the conditions, but I definately use the 2nd gear start quite frequently. :)

Seattle CTS-V
05-04-06, 11:27 AM
I usually start in 1st. About 10% in 2nd. I like to hear Maggie start to whine in 1st and then I shift to 2nd and do the same b/f shifting to 3rd. It's not good for gas mileage, I know. But it puts a smile on my face.

05-04-06, 11:50 AM
I use 2nd gear when my car wont go into first gear... damn tremec...


05-05-06, 10:54 AM
I use Nikon's technique. Works fine.

V Amazed
05-05-06, 12:30 PM
I start in 1st almost 98% of the time. Rev matching when at low speeds.


05-05-06, 12:41 PM
I start in 1st almost all the time except when I find myself still rolling when the light changes or the lane I am in starts to move, then I start in 2nd gear. Shift pattern is usually 1-2-4 around town.

05-05-06, 03:05 PM
2nd 95% of the time but having cags elim next week and will probably use 1st more.:)