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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-22-2020, 10:37 AM
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The 5 speed is one of the very best out there, no compelling reason to go 6 speed. Gen3 with cruise and other features if you're wanting to keep it forever. Lotsa good low miler used ones out there if you're patient. I wouldn't buy new personally. Slipper clutch still has engine braking, no issue there, big benefit is the lighter pull, and you can retrofit any FJR with one using OEM parts.
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There are very notable pro's and con's to the 5spd vs 6spd debate. Just depends on that is most important to you.
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Thanks everyone much apprecated. I'll let you know if and when I get one. I suppose it will come down to money and whats available at the time. Once again thanks.
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I canít verify whether itís the transmission or other factors as well, but my 2017 gets about 15% better gas mileage than my 2006 got.
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I am sure that some of that is the increased fueling efficiency that a Series III gives you.

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I canít verify whether itís the transmission or other factors as well, but my 2017 gets about 15% better gas mileage than my 2006 got.
At 50 MPH it is very hard to quantify whether MPG is better in 5th or 6th. To really know one would have to make multiple passes on a 10 mile road in each gear. Then trust the MPG Fool Computer to at least give a relative difference in the two. I don't care enough to do this. But I have been watching the Fool Computer enough to decide it is too close to care.

Ratios are closer together in the 6 than the 5, so 5th of 6 is lower than 5th of 5. And 5th of 5 is lower than 6th of 6.

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Mileage depends on engine loading over distance and hilly or not. Often found on the 5 speed, the mileage was better in 4th. Keeping the revs up isn't a bad thing at all. 6 speed owners could test that by comparing staying in 5th vs. 6th.

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I own the fastest color red 14a which obviously is an advantage but let me add that I’ve ridden a number of the gen3.5’s with the 6spds, I am a fan of them but not nearly enough to sell my 14 for one. I really like my red !

My take on the 6spd is this, the reduced rpms at cruising speeds (70-80mph) takes the vibration zone (3500-4500rpm) Out of it and let’s you really enjoy a very smooth, vibrationless ride. As far as the reduced clutch pull, quite frankly I can’t tell any difference between my 14 and the new gen 3.5’s. I think religious clutch maintenance bleeding, cleaning pivots and such has as much affect as anything else on reducing pull effort.

The one thing on the 6spd that I cannot understand is that they made the 1st gear ratio taller making it noticeably harder to pull away from a corner requiring more clutch slipping, makes no sense particularly if you have a passenger or loaded up for a trip, should’ve made it a bit shorter to ease that.

On the fuel economy thing, the 6spd should give you a small mileage increase over a 5spd but there’s a lot of things that affect that so an actual improvement may be just superficial imho. Last year on a long backroad trip to the Auburn/Cord/Deusenberg museum with friends where the speed was a slower pace my 14a returned 54mpg’s , a fair improvement over the normal 44-46mpg’s, it’s all about the rpm & the right hand.
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If you find a low mileage Gen 2 don't pass it up. Get a McCruise cruise control and install and you will be set for many years to come. Best accessory you can add and it is plug and play. No hacking of stock wiring harness or throttle system.
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Gen III. I would go for a 6 speed if possible that is FJR 2016 and up !
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