Anyone else find fifth gear unnecessary and skip it all the time?
You won't ruin anything, you can skip gears when down shifting but have to be aware of your rpm's so that you don't redline or anything. When down shifting into 1st you have to below 15mph or 24kmhr other you will have the 1st gear synchro grind. But down shifting from 6th to 4th won't hurt anything.Because I'm still new to manual i always 1-2-3-4-5-6 and always down shift in reverse order. I'm too afraid to ruin anything.
I skip gears all of time...getting on the highway is 1,2,3 (over 60 by now) to 6...then cruise at 85 or so down the highway.
Back roads is usually 3,4,5 depending on the road, turn, hill, whatever.
Third is definitely my go to gear getting on the highway or when I am accelerating from about 30 to ?
Off ramps is usually 6 brake to 40ish and downshift to 3...
I didn't really have much training when it comes to downshifting/sporty driving. So I've just been going through the gears, which does lead to some awkward shifting for corners .6th gear at 60mph is around 2300RPM and dropping all the way to 3rd, would put you 4300. Totally fine, and it sounds good too!