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I do Engine braking a lot. By shifting to a lower gear. Just curious, what every one else did out there. Of course, if I have to brake suddenly, I use my brakes but generally I go to a lower gear, match the RPMs and slow down. Didn't know if this is a good habit or not. Is it going to wear out my engine or clutch faster. I know by brakes might last longer.
 

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Brake pads are cheap.
 

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You might want to do a search. The issue is more contentious than you would think and it has been discussed before. There is the "driveline can take the stress crowd," the "that's what brakes are for and they are cheap" crowd and the "I drive the car to have fun and don't expect to worry about this one way or the other" crowd. There might even be a few crowds I missed, but it's all in the archives.

Personally, I downshift as a driving style so I always have power available. Some people only downshift if they think they are about to need that power. Imo, what ever is the most fun for you is the way to go.
 

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Yup....

Why put all the wear and tear on engine, trans and clutch plates when you can just wear out "relativly" inexpensive pads and rotors.
 

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I personally have never found engine breaking in my 325 all that effective. Perhaps I don't do it correctly, but the engine just seems to tolerate the higher RPMs so effectively that it doesn't slow down very much. :dunno:
 

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I do it quite frequently, but for reasons entirely my own which I have mentioned before... it keeps my wheels much cleaner! I also frequently use both which works quite well; light braking in conjunction with downshifting. It makes a huge difference in the amount of brake dust that accumulates on my rims after just one drive.

--J.
 

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Yeap, you are going to just LOVE the bill to put in a new clutch, unless you are VERY good at rev matching.

Better option, swap out the pads for a low dust type. Axxis Deluxe or Deluxe Plus or Mintex red box.
 

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Rob325_in_AZ said:
I personally have never found engine breaking in my 325 all that effective. Perhaps I don't do it correctly, but the engine just seems to tolerate the higher RPMs so effectively that it doesn't slow down very much. :dunno:
I experience the exact same thing, so I just use my brakes now.
 
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