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This is a discussion on trouble shifting within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; ive never owned a car that was a manual but i can drive a stick decently. i can shift fine ...

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    trouble shifting

    ive never owned a car that was a manual but i can drive a stick decently. i can shift fine if i just "granny drive" but i cant seem to figure out how to shift from 1st to 2nd or 2nd to 3rd smoothly if the rpms are over 4 thousand. when i shift the car lurches forward when i let the clutch out. so basically if i try to accelerate quickly i get a little whip lash and im not sure if its because im giving it to much gas when let the clutch out or not enuff. any help would be awesome.

    ps. my sister has a 06 civic and i can shift perfectly in that so im not sure whats going on.

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    First thing I think of is that you are shifting right in your power band. Try taking it up in the rpms a bit more.

    Are you doing an abrupt shift?
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    1st of all the WRX has AWD so if you drop the clutch it will not spin your wheels when at speed, becasue it just doesn't have that much power to overcome the grip of all 4 wheels, and you will get the whiplash effect. The civic will just chirp the tires if you shift super fast, you just can't do that with AWD on the WRX. Also when you shift do you bring the pedal all the way down to the floor? I noticed that if I clutch out about half way and change gear then, it is always harsh becasue its just took quick, so I always put the clutch pedal all the way to the floor and that gives it enough time to avoid the harshness of shifting too fast, in other words you have to shift smoothly, can't be modular about the clutch on these cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by subaru_crazy View Post
    Also when you shift do you bring the pedal all the way down to the floor? I noticed that if I clutch out about half way and change gear then, it is always harsh becasue its just took quick, so I always put the clutch pedal all the way to the floor and that gives it enough time to avoid the harshness of shifting too fast, in other words you have to shift smoothly, can't be modular about the clutch on these cars.
    You should ALWAYS put the pedal to floor when shifting.
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    After getting my WRX, I find that every Honda is easy to drive and very forgiving. It took me about 3 months to get used to the car and I've been driving an Accord MT for over 4 years. Take it easy for a while, get used to it, then you'll find greater control.
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    Are you looking at the gauges when you shift? Feel the car. Find an empty parking lot and practice looking straight ahead while shifting through the gears. Feel the throttle, clutch, and shifter. It is much more critical to your drive train that you get it right on down shifts. My 2 cents.

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    your letting go of the clutch too quickly, feather it out a tiny bit even when u shift. and also apply gas while u shift to get less nudging.

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    Hmm intersting thread I'm having a little trouble myself getting used to the clutch, mines a brass button one so its either on or off, i pretty much got it down pat changing once im on the move but i still cant nail the initial take off, in first, i bunny hop or stall it and i just cant take off fast...any advice there folks?
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    if you check the track forum you'll find thousands of posts arguing sllipping the clutch vs. dumping it. you could read for days but in the end its opinions and your choice. i favor slipping, maybe just more practice.
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    The WRX is not an easy stick to learn, u will get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spnkdrm View Post
    You should ALWAYS put the pedal to floor when shifting.
    Yes I always do, but few people suggested the other way and it just seemed wrong, 1st becasue its to fast anyways and it jerks the car, sencond it puts too much wear on the clutch so yeah I know.
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    I've had my suby for a while an they are not the smoothest cars in the world. This is primarily because the power, when it goes through the drive train gets transfered quite a bit.

    This can lead to that cluncking that many people feel. Just ease your clutch out and you won't feel it as much. Don't worry though, it's not you it's the way these cars are.

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    Meh, welcome to driving a WRX. You'll get used to the clunking diff eventually
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