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If your downshift and your RPM's are 7000-6000 and coming down, that is hard on the engine. Puts a lot of stress. Over time it could show up as a problem. Brakes a lot cheaper to replace than engine parts. :)

I would use brakes and downshifts, but at lower RPM's. It all depends on your preference really. You would put it in neutral, or leave it in gear til you get to the speed you want to shift into gear.

Im not an expert, but thats my take.
 

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you can downshift to match your engine speed to a corner exit, other than that, there is really no need ( except maybe on a long downhill grade) to use the engine as a brake. The brakes do a FAR better job :)
 

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As others have said that there is little harm in doing downshifts. I tend to do Rev matching as much as I can in all my downshifts if I can. This really aids in slowing down in quickly or exting turns.

The thing to remember too is that the more you are using your cluch the more ware you are putting on it. So you dont down shift every gear at every stop. ;)
 
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