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Old 02-04-2013, 09:34 AM   #1
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How do YOU shift? (manually)

Do you skip gears? Go thru all the gears no matter what? Sometimes, when entering a highway via on ramp, I'm up to higway speed by 2nd or 3rd gear and just go straight to 6th. Even in town I can skip gears (even when I'm not ordered to by the computer)

What are your shift habits and opinions on what's harmless or harmful?
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:38 AM   #2
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I usually go thru all the gears except when it's cold and hard to go from 1st to 2nd i'll go into 3rd until it warms up. I'm not much for skipping gears.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:41 AM   #3
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I usually go thru all the gears except when it's cold and hard to go from 1st to 2nd i'll go into 3rd until it warms up. I'm not much for skipping gears.
I do this too - though with the weather we've been having recently my 2nd gear probably thinks I put him in time-out or something
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:44 AM   #4
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I'll skip when getting on the freeway ir the need arises.

Spirited i will use all of them, sometimes skipping first with nannies off.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:45 AM   #5
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depends. If I have to speed up in a hurry, like getting on the freeway or having to cut into traffic from a side road I'll usually wined out 3rd and then drop down into 6th at about 70mph. other than that I'll usually go through all of them except maybe 5h.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:47 AM   #6
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If I wanted to skip gears I would have an automatic, I never skip gears.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:51 AM   #7
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Very, very seldom skip gears when picking up speed but skip gears when decelerating. I like to use second gear a lot when slowing down and will grap it from fifth or fouth a lot.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:26 AM   #8
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I just put it in sport mode, and let the car figure it out.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:31 AM   #9
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If I wanted to skip gears I would have an automatic, I never skip gears.
that makes no sense whatsoever.
as the power of the manual is what ALLOWS you the power to skip gears..
the auto is the opposite you cannot skip gears.

yes I will skip especially from 3rd to 5th or 6th when on the highway.

and will damn sure skip going down.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:45 AM   #10
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I don't typically skip, but mainly because I just kind of enjoy going through the motions. Skip on the way down, and usually do not go below third when downshifting. Again...No particular rhyme or reason.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:13 AM   #11
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I only start skipping gears when my D.I.C says 10 mpg or lower
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:21 AM   #12
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I never skip gears upshifting, I don't see the point. I do skip while down shifting if I need to, or when coasting in neutral to whatever gear it should be at the speed without it engine braking.


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Old 02-04-2013, 11:44 AM   #13
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I skip frequently. Doesn't harm anything.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:48 AM   #14
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I don't hardly ever skip. I like the feeling of going through the gears. I even got rid of that annoying skip shift. Either way doesn't hurt anything. The biggest deal is how you clutch it. Burnt clutches and broken teeth on sychronizers are not fun to replace. However I would rather tear open a manual tranny than an auto anyday.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:53 AM   #15
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I skip 2nd gear almost ALL the time. I go from 1st to 3rd 95% of the time, the other I go to 4th cuz the computer display tells me to.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:55 AM   #16
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I normally don't skip gears , but when I do I skip 5th .
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:02 PM   #17
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when going down freeway at highway speed and need to pass slow driver I'll skip from 6th to 4th to get around than back to 6th once I get settled back to speed i'll skip back to 6th. Other than that I shift through all gears. Skipping while downshifting is intoxicating.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:46 PM   #18
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I usually go thru 4th then skip 5th and go straight to 6th
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:18 PM   #19
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I don't think I've ever skipped a gear except when that skip thingy made me do it but that has been tuned out by the dyno.

Downshifting I'll use neutral after 3rd gear to come to a stop but lately I'm going as far as 2nd with rev matching after talking to somebody here. I forget his name.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:56 PM   #20
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Do you skip gears? Go thru all the gears no matter what? Sometimes, when entering a highway via on ramp, I'm up to higway speed by 2nd or 3rd gear and just go straight to 6th. Even in town I can skip gears (even when I'm not ordered to by the computer)

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I rarely skip gears for upshifts.

For downshifts, "it depends". It's easier to rev-match when you're dropping down only one gear at a time, but if your stop or sudden slowing is hurried enough you may not have either the time or the room.

I'll still drop it into 4th while I'm adjusting to the speed of other highway traffic. Once in a great while in my wife's 6M Subie I'll skip 5th and go straight to 6th, but only often enough to know that it happens.


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For me typically around town where the speed limit is 45, I drive mine mostly like a 4-speed. I make it a point to use all gears when upshifting, and normally grab 2nd when stopping.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:11 PM   #22
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:22 PM   #23
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I forget I have a 6th gear. How many of you have had that problem? Anyway, I mill through all of them up on the freeway. In town, I just go as high as what is easy on the gear. Downshifting I go through all of them to come to a stop, and in passing I drop into 3rd and punch it.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:32 PM   #24
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If I wanted to skip gears I would have an automatic, I never skip gears.
It's just when your driving, sometimes it's easier to go 1-3-5.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:44 PM   #25
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I've always felt that making a "U" motion with the shifter was clunkier than making two separate mostly straight-line motions. A 4-2 downshift entering a side road is maybe the easiest "exception".

Then again, that might be a hold-over from learning to drive on a 6-cylinder car with "three on the tree" and a non-synchronized 1st. There weren't any reasonable gear "skips" in that car.


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