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Old 12-09-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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tips for stick

Hey im not tryin to start a thread debating stick vs. auto im just tryin to get some info on stick shift jeeps so i dont stall out if i decide to get one

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Old 12-09-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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Give it gas, let out on clutch slowly to start off then clutch and shift to next gear at about 2500-3000 rpm...

Not really sure what else to say... practice makes perfect, I learned to drive a stick on the farm at a really young age

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Old 12-09-2013, 07:49 PM   #3
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Not that different from driving any other stick, just remember it's a truck...errr Jeep.... so drive it accordingly
Offroading with a stick is interesting, 4lo and you can crawl up/down allot and a tend to leave it in 2nd or 3Rd gear most of the day.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:00 PM   #4
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x2 on everything these guys said. takes an hour to learn and a week to master (on road that is) off road in a manual is a blast but tricky!
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Old 12-21-2013, 05:44 PM   #5
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i had no idea how to drive a stick back in 02 when i bought my first jeep. I had the salesman drive me in it for the test drive. I bought it and said ok its time to try and get home
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Old 12-22-2013, 12:28 AM   #6
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This should get interesting.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:53 AM   #7
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Get in it and drive it
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Old 12-23-2013, 12:27 PM   #8
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Practice practice practice!!! Take it to an empty parking lot after you get it and get used to the feel of the clutch.
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Old 12-24-2013, 06:08 AM   #9
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just practice, once its out of first it is a cakewalk, my daughter learned on a stick and now prefers it over her auto
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:23 AM   #10
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You're 'gonna stall anyway. It's part of learning to drive with a stick. I think that you NEED TO STALL in order to learn how not to. Before you know it, you'll be master of your clutch.
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:32 AM   #11
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I'm in my 50 plus years I still stall my Wrangler on occasion! That said, while I like the auto transmission in the wife's car, I'll always have a standard in my Jeep!
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:40 AM   #12
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Simple test, if you can dribble a basketball, you can drive a stick. Get in and have at it
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:46 AM   #13
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The trick is don't comb your hair.
When people look over at you they'll forget all about how bad you're drivin.
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:22 AM   #14
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The trick is don't comb your hair. When people look over at you they'll forget all about how bad you're drivin.


Lol, you always have sound advice.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:21 PM   #15
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i had no idea how to drive a stick back in 02 when i bought my first jeep. I had the salesman drive me in it for the test drive. I bought it and said ok its time to try and get home
Same. I has a friend drive the jeep home. Then when my family was gone I ventured out. I remember my left foot shaking. Surprisingly only stalling twice. I soon figured out I could slowly let of the clutch and the jeep would go. Then the gas after I started moving. After about a hour Scooting around I was fine.

I still stall and it's been over 15 years rofl It does piss me off when the person behind you lays on the horn? "Yea a***hole. I purposely started moving and then stopped" I guess it's obvious to me when the person in front of me is driving a stick.
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Also, if you're getting a newer JK you will have Hill Start Assist to contend with. Some people don't have a problem with it, but I did for the first couple weeks. I felt like a spaz trying to take off from a stop on an incline and stalling because HSA was still holding the brakes. I finally adapted instead of fighting it and just wait the approximate 2seconds until the brake disengages when moving foot from brake to gas pedal,then let off the clutch. I still might turn it off as I sometimes over compensate and over Rev it thinking I'll stall. It's still a blast to drive and as long as I am physically capable it will be manual and Wrangler's for life.
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:35 PM   #17
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Turn HSA off.

Turning HSA off made the manual a lot easier to live with. It really doesn't serve much purpose anyway if you're at all familiar with a clutch. It also felt like it made throttle response a lot more crisp. After turning off HSA there's nowhere near as much latency in the throttle.
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OK first things first, lots of good info from the guys here.

Here is what I will suggest you do first, find a big parking lot or open area that you won't have to worry about other cars/trucks. Then start her up and put it in first gear and slowly let up the clutch and get a feel for how the clutch works, you will feel as it starts to grab and keep slowly letting up the clutch until your rolling with the clutch all the way out. Now push the clutch all the way in and stop, then repeat until you can feel the clutch grab each time, this will help you know where the clutch grabs each time you let it up.

Now after you get rolling you can give it some gas and work on shifting to second, third etc. Like others have said practice doing this a LOT, it will help you become a better driver. Hope this helps.
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If the HSA is causing problems either there is something wrong with the Jeep, or you're doing something wrong. My brakes release the same instant the clutch engages. It is seamless. I've tried it both ways, can do it with or without with no problems, but I see no downside to leaving it on. Even as an experienced driver it does help on extremely steep hills.

You should feel the clutch starting to engage BEFORE giving it gas. If you give it gas first you will prematurely wear out the clutch. Instead of waiting for the HSA to release the brakes, just let out on the clutch pedal until the brakes release then drive normally.

I do feel something funky with the drive by wire accelerator. Can't put my finger on it exactly but it is a different feel than any other vehicle I've ever driven.
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I "learned" how to drive a stick on a duece and a half one summer in Kuwait. When I got home I bought my first jeep and it was a heck of a lot easier. It is very forgiving and you will not have an issue figuring out how to get the clutch and gas to work together. I'm teaching my teen son how to drive right now at his empty HS parking lot. I would highly recommend finding one with a small hill and mastering taking off from it. Good luck!
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If the HSA is causing problems either there is something wrong with the Jeep, or you're doing something wrong. My brakes release the same instant the clutch engages. It is seamless. I've tried it both ways, can do it with or without with no problems, but I see no downside to leaving it on. Even as an experienced driver it does help on extremely steep hills.
Well, there seems to be a lot of things with the JKs that don't seem to carry from one to another despite being identical. Like the guys that say they have no gate to put it into reverse, when there's a very obvious gate. You get a lot of guys tht say HSA grabs and holds--it did on my Jeep.

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I do feel something funky with the drive by wire accelerator. Can't put my finger on it exactly but it is a different feel than any other vehicle I've ever driven.
There's a definite latency (lag between input and action) with the default programming on the 3.8's drive-by-wire and it's very annoying. Like I said tho, turning off HSA seems to make the throttle response much more crisp. After I turned off HSA the response is almost instantaneous.
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My biggest fear with stick is that i'll be on the highway and it stalls and i hold up the entire highway.
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my biggest fear with stick is that i'll be on the highway and it stalls and i hold up the entire highway.
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Its almost impossible to stall on the highway
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My biggest fear with stick is that i'll be on the highway and it stalls and i hold up the entire highway.
That won't happen...
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Hey im not tryin to start a thread debating stick vs. auto im just tryin to get some info on stick shift jeeps so i dont stall out if i decide to get one
Find your clutch bite point.

Just put it in First, and slowly let the clutch out with your foot off the gas until the Jeep starts to move. Practice this.



Also, When you are in 4Hi you will need MORE throttle input as you let the clutch out to get going from a stop than you would in 2Hi. I stalled several times figureing that out. lol


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In 4Lo, you can start the Jeep in gear without pushing the clutch
It's weird and neat.
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If the jeep stalls on the highway, it's because of something far more serious than working the clutch wrong... Once you're moving more than 5 mph it won't stall unless you do something insane
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If the jeep stalls on the highway, it's because of something far more serious than working the clutch wrong... Once you're moving more than 5 mph it won't stall unless you do something insane
What would be considered insane

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