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My "trick" for herky jerky city driving (6mt)

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My "trick" for herky jerky city driving (6mt)

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Old 01-18-2009, 06:33 AM
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My "trick" for herky jerky city driving (6mt)

Hi Everybody,

City driving in my 07 G Coupe can be very rough - I especially noticed the other day with a friend aboard getting jostled around when shifting. So I discovered a new trick that seems to work well for me. I start out in 2nd and shift to 4th around 3000 revs. Makes for very smooth city driving under light/mod accel. Of course if the need arises I can revert to traditional shifting. Yes you have to slip the clutch to start in 2nd but surprisingly doesn't take much to get going and it's very smooth if you do it right... just takes a little practice. Besides, my clutch, at 20k miles, already feels messed up (takes up in different points sometimes and is not progressive) so I don't think it's a big deal since it'll probably fail prematurely anyway. Maybe this will help you if you're having trouble driving smoothly in the city.

Cheers!

James
 
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:51 AM
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What??? I have no problem shifting in city traffic.
 
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Originally Posted by VA 04 g35 View Post
What??? I have no problem shifting in city traffic.
+1, I always start in 1st gear, stock clutch still grabs hard at 70k. The G does take a while to get used to though. Coming from first I usually shift at around 4k.
 
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The way you are driving it is going to kill your clutch very quickly
 
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My driving isn't jerky at all. I always start in 1st gear. The trick is to feather the throttle.
 
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To hone your smooth shifting skills, practice young grass hopper, practice.

Otherwise get an Auto or replace a lot of clutches starting in 2nd all the time.

Last manual I had prior to my G had 167K on original clutch and still grabed fine when I sold it.

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Living in DC we have some of the worst traffic in the US. My driving is neither "herky" nor "jerky" lol. Sounds like you just need more practice. Stop starting in second gear. It's going to kill your clutch.
 

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thats funny your doing that. my tech at toyota told me to start in 2nd too. i havent tried it but yea he said since the gears are so short.
 
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I have no problem shifting but the car is jerky when I let off on the throttle between 2k and 3k, which drives me nuts. I think it's a drive by wire issue.
 
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Maybe it's a problem with my example then. I have a 96 240sx with 230k on the original clutch so no serious issue with my shifting skills. I think my G is very touchy for some reason. The combo of the road noise, suspension noise, and rough shifting make it tedious around town. It does seem the gearing is low enough that it doesn't take much clutch slippage in 2nd. Oh well, maybe I'll try going 1st to 3rd and see how that does. Thanks for the tips...
 
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just drive like normal people do lol
ddrovemy s4 for 86k miles and clutch was still strong now getting close to 40k on the G and dont see any reasons that it wont last another 40k

so yah just practice i never had auto tranny in my life yet and probably never will
 
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Originally Posted by GreenGoblin View Post
The way you are driving it is going to kill your clutch very quickly
quoted for truth
 
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The "trick" is learning to drive properly. You should be able to get your car smoothly off the line with no more than 1200 revs. Normally I can get it going with no more than 1000 if it's a flat road. You shouldn't slip for more than a second or two...
A properly driven clutch should last up to 100k miles unless you track or abuse/don't know how to drive stick. Some people just never learn the feel of the manual no matter how much they have driven them, in which case, stick to AT and save yourself some money.
 
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Originally Posted by BloodlineG View Post
thats funny your doing that. my tech at toyota told me to start in 2nd too. i havent tried it but yea he said since the gears are so short.
Your tech at Toyota is tricking you into fvcking your clutch to drum up more business.

On a related note, my tech at Infiniti said 6000k oilchanges are for douches. Now I change synthetic every 1500k! My oil has never been cleaner, plus he says I'm getting like +25whp! woot!
 
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Originally Posted by johnhanson007 View Post
On a related note, my tech at Infiniti said 6000k oilchanges are for douches. Now I change synthetic every 1500k! My oil has never been cleaner, plus he says I'm getting like +25whp! woot!
Quoted for comic relief
 

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