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    Registered User Rijach STi's Avatar
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    How I Shift

    A friend pointed this out to me the other day. Apparently I drive incorrectly!

    When driving around town on a dreary day with no purpose to be anywhere, I was going w/o the boost even kicking in, and shifting w/o using the clutch! My buddy pointed it out and said he never did that and didn't think it was good for the car. My perception of the clutch is a disengagement of the main drive shaft in the tranny from the gear shaft to match speeds before completing the shift. I would use the clutch to get going in first, get going to 2500, let off the gas and pull the shifter back and put it in second w/o touching the clutch. I always when driving normal pull it out of 6th w/o the clutch. Sometimes it requires a light blip of the throttle, depending on speed. But all gear shifts work the same, pull lazy to 3000 rpm, let off, shift out and in. If I wait too long and the rpms drop it wont go in. Theres a certain catch point. If I miss it (hard too) a small blip of the throttle gets it back in. Theres no grinding sound, just the smooth shift into gear. I can do it on a down shift too with a little throttle blip. Is he wrong, or me?
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    the clutch is there for a reason, so use it
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    You are technically rev matching on the downshifts, but frankly why would you risk damaging your gears b/c you are too lazy to use the clutch?

    Just use it.
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    i can do that also. never done it to my wrx but learned to do it on my 80' wagon. I would only recommend it if you are trying to get that last little bit out of the clutch before replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D0WNxSH1FT View Post
    You are technically rev matching on the downshifts, but frankly why would you risk damaging your gears b/c you are too lazy to use the clutch?

    Just use it.
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    So, after reading some of the threads by the op, he doesn't use the clutch, cruises around in 6th gear at all speeds, lugs the engine horribly, and is wondering why the differential is making popping sounds...

    Just drive normally. Use the clutch, and select the correct gear for the speed.

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    My work truck is a freightliner and I never touch the clutch unless I am stopped or taking off. In my wrx I always use the clutch, I don't want to risk it.
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    have fun with rebiulding your gearbox in a few.

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