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Old 03-22-2012, 07:57 PM   #1
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Shifting Techniques

For those of you that drive a manual what are your shifting techniques. I am mainly concerned with the daily driving portion (intown, highway, stop and go). With the price of gas are you shifting any differently to help get save on fuel? Maybe shifting into higher gears sooner, like just when you feel the power band start to pull? Putting it in nutreal and coasting to stop signs/lights and down hills? Starting in 2nd from a stop? Just interested to hear if anyone drives any differently and if doing what I just mentioned has any negative effects on the mechanics(I know coasting to stops does because then you have to use your breaks more than if just stayed in gear).

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I drive the same as I did five, ten, fifteen and twenty years ago.

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Old 03-22-2012, 08:24 PM   #3
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I can get an extra 20 miles out of a tank if I consciously pop it into neutral early and coast every time I hit a light. Plus, I don't like riding the clutch a lot, so I try to pop it into neutral more than just leaving it in gear. And brake jobs are easier than clutch jobs, so I'm not too worried about wearing my brakes out too fast.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:37 PM   #5
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I can get an extra 20 miles out of a tank if I consciously pop it into neutral early and coast every time I hit a light. Plus, I don't like riding the clutch a lot, so I try to pop it into neutral more than just leaving it in gear. And brake jobs are easier than clutch jobs, so I'm not too worried about wearing my brakes out too fast.

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Old 03-23-2012, 12:28 AM   #6
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I always skip gears to the higher one when possible. sometimes I go from 1st straight to 3rd and then straight to 5th or I'll shift from 1st to 2nd if I am on an entrance ramp then go on over to 4th then on to 5th. just depends really...and always in neutral when stopped. I only use 6th if it's flat and I know I'll be on the road a while...then just set the cruise
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:48 AM   #7
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I shift at around 3000RPMs in my 4 banger.. Gets close to 19 MPG for me..
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:51 AM   #8
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On the trail I'm a beast, but on the road I take it easy. I shift up at 2000 rpm every time and rarely rev higher unless I need the speed. I get almost 19mpg and drive 1/2 city 1/2 hwy. .
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:50 AM   #9
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I shift at around 3000RPMs in my 4 banger.. Gets close to 19 MPG for me..
This is me pretty much with the same MPG. I'll shift at 2500 RPM if I'm not concerned with getting it going in a timely manner.
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I shift consistantly around 2500-3000 rpms in the 2.5cyl, dont skip any gears, break instead of downshift, coast when can, and get about 19 on average.

In the 4.0cyl i shift at 2000 rpms, but the rest is the same and get at least 16 mpgs. Note this has a 6 inch long arm, with 35x1250 15.

In my opinion never skip gears, theres a reason cars are consistantly getting more and more gears, instead of less. Less time accelerating, and more time consistant speed at lower rpms, are the key to mpgs.
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:18 AM   #11
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I learned on a stick shift in 1949 and on a cobble stone street on a 1933 chevy. And in my Thirties I drove Semi truck over the road with an 10 speed shift. Aww those were the years with a ten speed roadranger transmission I use to only use the clutch for first gear from then on it's by ear and RPMs would shift without clutch..up and down the gears.
NOW with the wrangler I find i need the clutch for all gears. And in New Jersey here it'sunlawful to shift in to neutral and coast. And is a very dangerous practice as you will not have any engine braking . i for one drive like i did learn from my instructor in 1949 when there was no such thing as Automatic Trans. I consider my self to be a Professional driver as Now I drive a school bus and have been with the same school for 33 yrs .. Geez looking back guess I drove everything there is to drive. As far as when to shift I do it by ear when the engine sounds as if it needs to be shifted. Downshift going into turns and when braking .. Give it gas and shift up a gear. Never skip a gear (unless on a downgrade or upgrade) on the flat there there for a reason. If they wern't needed Jeep would not built them into the trans
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I agree with devildog. I learned driving stick in a semi and drove all kinds of gear combos. Drove one with double spitter (27 gears). My jeep is the only pov I've owned that is a manual. Much different, but I like the control of the vehicle much more than with an auto trans.

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