Can any 5 speed owners offer an opinion?
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I converted mine last year for two reasons
1) rush hour traffic climbing a long hill near here-i was continually slipping the clutch and knew it wasn't doing it any good
2) travelling down to Italy was hectic in fourth gear and I didn't like prolonged use of "high revs".
The conversion helped in both these cases,the change (after a little fettling) was as good as a ford(except for reverse).
This has deteriorated recently and is now a pig to get into first and second( i'll have a look at this this winter)
So,if you have these problems-Go for it,if you don't then stick with the four speeder,
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As a driver of a four speed, I agree with advise from John. Stick with the four speed at first (but get hold of and keep the five speed box) and do not go to effort/cost of change until you are forced to consider the issue. I travel long distance to Le Mans each year (1500 mile return trip and the car sits nicely at 4000 to 4500 revs with a lovely smooth ride - not tiresome at all. I have heard people talk of changing from 4 to 5 speed to cure percieved problems in ride/noise quality which I felt with their cars was more down to vibrations on drivetrain/wheels than the engine speed. Having said that I have never driven in a five speed. Whilst driving around in lotus circles in 4 gears you may well get the chance to try a five speed car and then you will be able to better placed to make your own choice.
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I recently purchased a '69 S4 DHC with a Lotus 5-speed installed. I have not driven a 4-speed, so I can't tell you which gearbox shifts better. I can tell you that the 5-speed gives the car incredible flexibility. I live in CA and must use the freeways to get to the twisty bits of mountain roads where the top two gears are irrelevant anyway. But coming home from the West Coast Lotus Meet at Lake Tahoe on the freeway was not the drudgery I had feared. The speedo indicated 120 Km/h at a lazy 3000 rpm. It felt like a Grand Touring car! After ripping around the Tahoe basin for 4 days, this was icing on the cake - the best of both worlds. Too bad I had to go back to work on Monday.
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