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Shifting Habits/Techniques

Discussion in 'Racing and Driving Techniques' started by xkwzt21, May 3, 2004.

  1. xkwzt21

    xkwzt21 Member

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    One of the guys on the OhioHondas posted the following and i was just curious as to what everyone on this board thought of it all.



    here's the link to the original post OhioHondas
     
  2. reckedracing

    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    should make no diffrence if you put it in neutral or hold the clutch and keep it in first...

    the stop and go is whats gonna kill the clutch...

    EDIT: particuarially(sp?) the GO part...
     
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    asmallsol Super Moderator

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    wrong forum. Move to driving techniques forum
     
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    personally i sit in neutral
     
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    Tonyd0821 Banned

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    if you are new to driving a stick shift....

    and are not used to it at all,


    i would advise you to NEVER leave it in nuetural. point being is that since you are not used to driving a stick, you wont be able to react as quickly had your car been in gear (did that make sense? im too lazy to re-read it)

    it doesnt matter what you do at the light.

    i sometimes leave it in nuetural with just the brake on, but then there are times when im on a flat road and i dont need to apply the brake.

    then there are other times when i put the car in gear at the light and leave the clutch in.

    either way it doesnt matter.

    just avoid stopping on hills untill you get the hang on the clutch. or, if you find youself on a small hill, a good trick is to keep the car in gear, brake on. then as the guy ahead of you moves forward when the light turns green, lift up your E-brake and let off of the normal brake. then apply gas and slowly let out the clutch. then disengage the e-brake and you are on your way without rolling backwards 09098809809 feet.

    i confess, sometimes when im tired as hell, or stressed out....i to this day do that little trick if im on a hill. and i been driving a stick now for 10 years.
     
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    The little "trick" sounds like it would fuck me up more then help but "to un his own"
    if it helps it helps. The hill thing was what i was tripping on when i first started driving stick, but i got over it fast.
     
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    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    holding the clutch in for prolonged periods of time is bad for the berings, and will lead to shortened life
     
  8. saturn_boy96

    saturn_boy96 88 C1V1C 53D4N DR1V3R

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    when i first started driving stick i had an older bmw. and when i stopped on a hill i would just heel and toe at the stop sign rev to about 3 grand and dump the clutch. it gives a nice little burnout and it's pretty fun too. :)
     
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    My ankle is really fucked up right now so I leave it in neutral at most lights...

    the only problem to that is you're putting in/letting out the clutch more frequently which will eventually cause problems.
     
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    I don't know if this makes a difference...when I was putting my motor/tranny/clutch together I tried it out. I pulled up on the lever and the axels still moved until someone held on to them. I have asked mechanics about this and they said it was normal as long as they stopped moving when someone held on to them, so if this is the case then shouldn't there be some friction with the clutch even tho the pedal is pushed in all the way?
     
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    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    :werd:

    I sit in neutral all the time. I generally only use the hand-brake trick if I'm on a really steep hill and the retard behind me has pulled up too close.
     
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    holding the clutch in when at a light will shorten the life span of your throwout bearing.
     
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    MikeBergy Blah blah blah....

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    Most of the time I just hold the clutch in. I only stick it in neutral if I know I am gonna be sitting there a while. For hills, I practiced on a nice steep hill off the beaten path when I first started out. I'd stop a little ways up from the bottom, and then just practice feathering the clutch and the gas, a bit of a balancing act. I know slipping the clutch like that cause premature wear, but I never really worried about it, as I had a stock clutch. I've only replaced one clutch in my teg, and I've driven it well over 100,000 miles in the last four years.
     
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    i hate those fuckers :angry:
     
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    I heel toe on hills. Or, I'll get out and put the hitch on while I'm waiting, if they're too close. I did this once, and made a big show of removing the hitch from the trunk and installing it. Then I got in and rolled back a wee bit... they backed right up and gave me about 15'. :)

    Edit- it is interesting to notice, though, how much more room you're given when there's a hitch on the back of your car...
     
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    MikeBergy Blah blah blah....

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    Lmao, I laugh when I see cars with hitches on :lol:
     
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    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    You'd die laughing here in Germany, most cars have hitches on them, Audi's, Mercedes, BMW, VW's, and then seeing them pulling trailers all over.

    OT, for me it matters on the light, if I know it is short, I just leave it in 1st, long light, neutral, ebrake on, and light a smoke. On a hill, feather the clutch to hold the vehicle position, for short lights, ebrake for long.
     
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    That's a good way to wear out a clutch in a hurry.
     
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