I’m curious how important it is to rev match on a downshift with a manual transmission? I’ve driven manual cars for many years and have never done this. I recently read that doing it is a good idea because it reduces clutch wear. Does it really make that big of a difference in the life of the clutch?
I’m not talking about some extreme downshift from 5th to 2nd at 60mph. I’m talking about a typical downshift that would raise the revs ~500-1000 RPM, like going from 4th to 3rd at 40 mph.
I tried practicing it a bit today but I found it pretty awkward, and certainly not fun. It required a bit of concentration/time to get the revs to the right number prior to reengaging the clutch (not to mention having to take my eyes off the road).
Thanks for any insight.