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Old 01-12-2013, 11:59 PM   #1
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Anyone else getting the hang of the 2013 stick shift?

Is it just me, or am I getting uncoordinated by age that after a lifetime of manuals this jku is tricky. What gives?

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Old 01-13-2013, 12:08 AM   #2
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I've had nothing but jeep since the day I could drive....all of wich are manuals and not nothing different about them my 2013 JKUR drives like my 2008 JKUR and my 2006 TJR. I think maybe it's the motor and the e-throttle

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Old 01-13-2013, 12:18 AM   #3
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I've been driving manuals for over 20 years. This is my first Jeep and it is a bit finicky compared to my last couple of off-roaders, (heavily modified 2001 Tacoma 5-speed w/ 4.10 and 2007 FJ Cruiser 6-speed with 4.10).

There seems to be a lag on the throttle response so I'm clutching out sooner than the throttle responds so it gets a bit jerky. HSA is throwing me off some too.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:18 AM   #4
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I have a 2012 and third gear has a little click feel at lower speeds. I also find 5th and 6th to be a bit of a hassle if I am going back and forth. Its fine on the initial 1-6th gear but if I down shift and want to hit 5th or 6th it does seem to suddenly be more difficult to find. As a side note. I have 6,000 miles and the chrome trim on the shift knob has broken off twice so far. Never had that happen.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:21 AM   #5
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A few people have mentioned this. I had the same problem myself. The gas pedal seems a bit touchy and the clutch friction point doesn't seem to be where I'm used to it (that is, like in my CJ, TJ, or friend's JK).

You get used to it.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:22 AM   #6
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72 Volvo. AMC Hornet 3 on the tree. fJ40 . 68 GTO . An assortment of Nissan pickups and then Subaru's. you would think I'd have a grip on manuals. I feel like a spazz. Stalled twice today.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:34 AM   #7
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It's not you. Really crappy drive by wire, it's delayed and inconsistent. Add to that a stiffer then usual gas pedal and makes for a tricky manual. My clutch engagement is actually not bad just the go pedal sucks. Also look into turning hill start assist off. If you have driven a lot of manuals HSA just feels wonky.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:58 AM   #8
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its pretty rough for me lol
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:48 AM   #9
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Stalled mine of the lot, was too quiet for me to hear the RPM's. Was used to my Shelby which was loud!

Used to it now, took me a couple of days to get used to it.
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try turning the hill start assist off, made a nice difference for me. think there should be a button on the dash so one could turn it on when needed, other than that it should be off.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:17 AM   #11
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72 Volvo. AMC Hornet 3 on the tree. fJ40 . 68 GTO . An assortment of Nissan pickups and then Subaru's. you would think I'd have a grip on manuals. I feel like a spazz. Stalled twice today.
Lol. I learned on a three on the tree with a heavy duty clutch. Those were the days. Ahahahahaha. Feel the same way on this new no feel clutch.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:37 AM   #12
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Seems like you have to push a little to the right when shifting from 5th into 6th. Not straight up and down.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:23 AM   #13
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Most of my vehicles have been manual and I find that in the Wrangler reverse is in the wrong spot. Why they put it right next to 6th with no gate or way to keep from hitting it when shifting from 5th to 6th is beyond me. I believe this is the first 6 speed that I've driven that didn't have a knob to pull up or require the shift knob to be pressed down in order to shift in to reverse. Shifting from 5th to 6th simply doesn't feel right in the Wrangler. At least to me.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:41 AM   #14
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I used to drive Big Rigs for a living doing slip seating. Old Mack's, Newer Volvo's and Brand New International ProStars. Each rig you had to adjust too and learn the little tricks of what the TRUCK wanted. Being that we were Fuel Haulers, you had to be quick with this adaption to the Truck due to some of the roads we traveled. I learned very quickly how to adapt to the Truck in question.

2 out of the 3 family vehicles we own are sticks and they are as different as night and day. It takes a little bit to get used to them.

I have NO complaints the way my Wrangle shifts. Yes, the throws are long, but she's not a sports car either. I don't rush the shifts unless I have too and for the most case it has been fine for me.
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I used to drive Big Rigs for a living doing slip seating. Old Mack's, Newer Volvo's and Brand New International ProStars. Each rig you had to adjust too and learn the little tricks of what the TRUCK wanted. Being that we were Fuel Haulers, you had to be quick with this adaption to the Truck due to some of the roads we traveled. I learned very quickly how to adapt to the Truck in question.

2 out of the 3 family vehicles we own are sticks and they are as different as night and day. It takes a little bit to get used to them.

I have NO complaints the way my Wrangle shifts. Yes, the throws are long, but she's not a sports car either. I don't rush the shifts unless I have too and for the most case it has been fine for me.
X2 Yup! Sounds like you and I were in the same business / and get along with JEEP 6 spd about the same.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:49 AM   #16
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i have driven manual for years, when i got the 2012, i stalled it all the time and thought i made a mistake with the jeep. now 2500 miles and absolutly love it. whether the jeep gets better or you get used to the clutch/gas, it is very enjoyable to drive.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:00 AM   #17
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I was not impressed at all with the stick. Went with the auto instead. No regrets.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:21 AM   #18
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It can be difficult on occasion, but I love my 6-speed and would get another in a heartbeat! Makes driving fun!
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:52 AM   #19
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I've never owned an automatic. Came from a manual 5 speed 98' TJ which I drove for near 10 years and jumped straight to a manual 6 speed '13 JK. I find myself stalling out much more in this JK than I ever did in my TJ and I learned to drive stick on that old thing. Hardest part to me is 1st gear. Trying to figure out how much gas to apply while releasing the clutch at the right time in 1st gear. Other than that, no complaints.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:55 AM   #20
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I had to turn off all music to hear the RPM's, turned off the hill assist and am now feeling a bit more confident. I felt like a student driver with this new clutch. Like anything else it will take time to adjust.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:23 AM   #21
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All of my vehicle besides my wife's cars have been manuals. I'll say my '13 JKU is more finicky than the others I've owned. You can easily look like an amateur simply coasting in a parking trying to maintain a low RPM. The drive by wire throttle is very touchy. I don't care for the hill assist either, I'm going to turn that off. The shift gates for 5th and 6th are little wide. I always think my reverse lights are probably coming on. I've only had my Jeep a little more than a week but I'm adjusting to it. Love driving it regardless.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:26 AM   #22
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Ive had over 6 manual trans vehicles over the years from sports cars to old 4 spd 3/4 ton trucks and my 2013 JK is the most challenging to drive.
I test drove a 6 spd JKU Sahara with 3.73's and figured my Rubi with 4.10's that I ordered would be better. Its a challenge to drive for sure.
My last manual vehicle was a 3/4 ton Cummins 6 spd so I think my diesel was the most forgiving vehicle. Tons of bottom end power and instant throttle response.

I have 500 miles on my JKUR and I am getting the hang of it.

I still prefer my manual over the auto. Disabling the hill start assist seemed to help me a lot.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:33 AM   #23
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I was afraid to make a post like this in fear of being laughed at..but coming from sport cars all my life, it's hard for me to drive my 13 smoothly. There's always a jump when I shift into 2nd. 3rd is smooth as always, going from 5-6th I always hit the gate. It's gotten better now but still feel awkward pushing it to the side. And it's hard to speed off in first and throwing it in 2nd, it grinds most of the time . Oh well, I still would never buy an auto
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:43 AM   #24
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I've had nothing but jeep since the day I could drive....all of wich are manuals and not nothing different about them my 2013 JKUR drives like my 2008 JKUR and my 2006 TJR. I think maybe it's the motor and the e-throttle
All of those jeeps have the same transmissions.
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it took me about a week worth of driving to good with the manual trans. I had three other manual trans cars prior to this. Honda CRX, plymouth laser, and scion xb.
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driven manuals for quite some time, first time in the 2012 jk sport drove like butter. loved it. my order will be 6 speed.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:00 AM   #27
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I've been driving sticks all my life. My 13 seems to be the most unintuitive trans I've ever had. It took about 1000 miles before I didn't have to concentrate. With 2500 miles I'm pretty much on auto pilot except when going from 1st to 2nd.

Because I've got an Eaton truetrac in the rear I discovered when going from 1st to 2nd and turning I need to double clutch.Don't need doing that if my wheels are perfectly straight. I do however double clutch into 2nd when it's cold before the tranny warms up. Other than that I have no complaints, but you need to shift slow. I don't worry about traffic behind me. They can go around or kiss my a$$
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Yeah you have to shift slow, you can't really drag race in it as you'll grind or just make an ass of yourself. S2000 was the best stick shift car I've ever owned, gear box and clutch was perfect
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The gates are very notchy. the spring centering it to the 3-4 position is stiff.
6th gear is awkward.
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Most of my vehicles have been manual and I find that in the Wrangler reverse is in the wrong spot. Why they put it right next to 6th with no gate or way to keep from hitting it when shifting from 5th to 6th is beyond me. I believe this is the first 6 speed that I've driven that didn't have a knob to pull up or require the shift knob to be pressed down in order to shift in to reverse. Shifting from 5th to 6th simply doesn't feel right in the Wrangler. At least to me.
Yes! It should be to the left of 1st and 2nd. I found out the hard way there's no lockout for reverse when I was trying to go from 5th to 6th and it went to reverse...hahaha. SCRATCH!

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