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Old 04-29-2008, 06:02 PM
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AUTOMATIC SLAP STICK SPORT SHIFT ???? help

hello, i just got an automatic 97 prelude and i know i should of been looking for an manula but what i got for 2300$ im happy with, anywase what exactely is the sport shift feature ?? does anybody on here have it ? do u like it ?? can u step on it and shift ?? is it better the just D ?? thanks
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Old 04-29-2008, 06:26 PM
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When you flick the shifter over into that little nook, you basically have a clutchless manual. The gearbox does what you want, when you tell it you want it. As to whether or not it's better than just D is personal preferance. I use mine all the time now, but never used to.
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It's a really cool system, but I will still always prefer a manual. I have a SS, but only because traffic jams are a very frequent problem where I live. To be honest, I really don't want to have to shift 100 times to move one mile.

But remember, with SS, unlike a full manual, you don't have to let off the accelerator... just one added plus.
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yeah....i do the same as brash....i always use the SS...it just gives you more control over the engine than just in regular drive....i.e. when you let go of the gas in D, the tranny switches to the low gear, but in SS, it stays at a certain rpm so you can shift down to go faster... you dont have to wait that 1-2 seconds for the ecu to pick up that your smahing the pedal to go faster like you would in D....
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IF you like it use it. I used it when i race from a roll like CHILLZ_VTEC you can keep ur RPM higher. One i got into 3rd tho i switch it back to the D b/c it would do the same thing and i could keep my eyes on the road. But like a manual if you dont shift to early or late you might as well keep it in D to race or w/e till you get it down good. In my 01 i **** right at 7200 that way with the small delay it would shift at 7500 about read line.
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I use it all the time too. I have no problems with it. Everything the guys said above is right. Thinking about doing a tranny swap but I have 37k on my car so I'm not in a rush. Have fun with the SS!
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Mine was an auto when I bought it, It was ok I guess. Just remember to change the fluid frequently and if I wouldn't have done the manual swap I was going to add a second inline tranny cooler. Have fun with it and I hope it doesn't give you any problems!!
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Yeah like everyone said it is an awesome feature that Honda was nice enough to include so us folk with autos can still have control over our cars. I drive exclusively in SS mode now, and I've gotten so used to it that driving without shifting feels strange to me. In fact, one time I started driving and forgot to put it in SS, and I went to shift up into 2 and put it in neutral! Of course it was ok because I got to hear the roar of my engine revving lol. SS rocks (but true manual would still be better... bleh)
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I have it (unfortunately) and I prefer amnual if I'm cruising but SS if I'm racing through ummm I mean STUCK in traffic. I'm looking to do a swap though, everyone tells me those don't last, plus I'm on my 3rd tranny in 2 yrs.
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The SS feature works great! Word to the wise though, don't use the downshift too much because there is a small chance it will damage your tranny over time. Besides when you slow down it downshifts for you anyway.
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Using the SS is also the fastest way to blow the tranny.
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ya thats uy i would keeo mine if D unless i need to do a run at a roll
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Using the SS is also the fastest way to blow the tranny.
Wish someone told me that ahead of time ^^^.
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That Honda didn't exactly put in enough R&D on those transmissions while making them.
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Using the SS is also the fastest way to blow the tranny.
I've been using mine non-stop for the past two and a bit years, and no problems here.

Not saying that it doesn't happen, just saying that it's not a sure fire route to a new box.
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Using the SS is also the fastest way to blow the tranny.
Is it just b/c the autos aren't made to stay at rpm above like 4500 from more then a few seconds? Thats what i thought.
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Yes.. that is one of the reasons. Automatics are made to automaticly upshift. Since they are made to do so.. there is no reason to make them beefy. I had my fair share of blowing the auto tranny before i went 5 speed. I blew 2 autos. Every since i started working on cars.. I always get blown auto trannys in preludes. Most are using the SS. Almost every one i know that doesnt use it seems to last a long time. Its not just the prelude.. its also the RSX. They seem to be just as bad. Even Honda themselves have relised the problem. The tranny is just not built to take redline high revved shifts. Once they start to shift hard usually is the early sign.

Think about it... I almost never get a blown manual. If i do. Some body really doesnt know how to drive. ( Miss shifting or whatever ) If you have a manual and you race it all the time. If you dont miss shift or over rev. They seem to last for ever. The only way i seem to get blown manuals from good driving is from power. Now clutches are another story. =)
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