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Old 06-14-2004, 05:29 AM
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Here's the story. On Saturday, a couple friends and I were talking about car's and stuff and about how a lot of races come down ultimately to who's a better driver. One of my buddies, owns a '99 lexus gs, has NEVER driven a stick. He started asking what driving has to do with the races and what not. Eventually, the conversation led to us trying to explain to him how a manual transmission works and the correct way to drive one. We very quickly realized that we all had some discrepencies about how to properly drive a stick. I've searched, but I've found very poorly written articles or some that are just not correct. Who here thinks they can do a proper write up of how to drive/race a manual transmission? Or atleast link a good one. I KNOW there a some people on this site that are questionable as to whether their stick shift driving practices are correct.
 
Old 06-14-2004, 05:35 AM
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on fast cars, muscle cars, real power is with automatic trannies
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Old 06-14-2004, 05:35 AM
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From a stop.

Leftmost pedal down, gear lever into 1.

rightmost pedal all the way down

leftmost pedal all the way up as fast as possible

use the car in front of you to stop.

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Accord94DX &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">From a stop.

Leftmost pedal down, gear lever into 1.

rightmost pedal all the way down

leftmost pedal all the way up as fast as possible

use the car in front of you to stop.

</TD></TR></TABLE>

lol...interesting.

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by DxHatchback &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">on fast cars, muscle cars, real power is with automatic trannies </TD></TR></TABLE>

that's pretty much well known amongst ALL avid car people. I AM asking about manual transmission though.
 
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Techniques to ensure you shift smoothly and quickly without missing:

http://www.shortshifter.com/techniques2.htm

Make sure you are gentle with the shifter. Using too much force when shifting will only cause you to fight the tranny and slow down you shifting.

A good, informative, and easy to understand tutorial on heel-toe downshifting:

http://www.edmunds.com/ownersh....html
Faster and better for the car
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Old 06-14-2004, 05:57 AM
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the heel and toe article is pretty good.
 
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Old 06-14-2004, 06:06 AM
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i've seen that article already. It's VERY informative as to how the transmission works, but i'd like to see how to properly work it.
 
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by trouble codes &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">i've seen that article already. It's VERY informative as to how the transmission works, but i'd like to see how to properly work it.</TD></TR></TABLE>

you're not getting an answer to that question because there isn't a single, right way to "properly" drive a manual transmission.
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Old 06-14-2004, 07:18 AM
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It took me awhile. My brother taught me the day I bought my CRX. This is why I don't want to sell that car even though she got "owned." The clutch was high actually so there would be no excuse for me to stall. In any case I used the site below. They've actually made some changes by adding pictures and what not. But prior to that it was just a write up. I just pictured myself driving over and over and over. When it came to driving it was easier than I thought. But I've this problem. I don't shift smoothly from first to second. Sometimes it's smooth sometimes it's not.
I don't know.

Learn2 Drive a Stick Shift

Problem is I think too much when I drive. Even now.



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Old 06-14-2004, 07:30 AM
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I think the key to driving a manual is to find the clutch grab point. Once you learn that everything else, ie how much gas to give, falls into place with a little practice.
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Old 06-14-2004, 08:51 AM
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by DxHatchback &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">on fast cars, muscle cars, real power is with automatic trannies </TD></TR></TABLE>

I think you meant "With muscle cars, in a straight line, real speed is with an auto tranny".
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Old 06-14-2004, 08:54 AM
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Accord94DX &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">From a stop.

Leftmost pedal down, gear lever into 1.

rightmost pedal all the way down

leftmost pedal all the way up as fast as possible

use the car in front of you to stop.

</TD></TR></TABLE>

werd, that's how i do it.

anyone know where to get accord trannies for cheap?
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Old 06-14-2004, 09:03 AM
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Sigh.

Not all manual transmissions are the same.

Try driving a Type R, a Dodge Ram, and a Semi the same day and tell if there is a universal "right" way.
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