I race with mine off. Ive actually noticed a strange thing with the autos and the o/d switch. I can be accelerating in second, and at the proper rpm's, switch it off and feel the slightest downshift. Im not talkin out my ass here, there's even a slight drop in rpm's. Practice it, test it, whatever, certain gears/rpm's are more noticeable than others. Ive tested this many times and showed others. Maybe the o/d has an affect on overall ratio. Not sure, haven't really looked into it. I also shift manauly thru the gears, it holds the gear longer and has made a noticeable difference.