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by ClutchFork
Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: My Truck: Hard Run through the gears Flowmaster & Dynomax
Replies: 13
Views: 2080

Re: My Truck: Hard Run through the gears Flowmaster & Dynoma

These are not the Duratec engines, right? EDIT: Doing some googling, it looks like yours is a mazda engine. Right? Good that you replaced the clutch, especially while the tranny was off. Yes this is the Duratec engine, a Mazda design with DOHC and chain driven camshafts. Tranny mazda also. Yes, goo...
by ClutchFork
Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:07 pm
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: Do you leave it in gear at a red light?
Replies: 41
Views: 7549

Re: Do you leave it in gear at a red light?

Sometimes an automatic driver will be looking down at something in the car and the vehicle next to them pulls up slightly (antsy automatic drivers) causing them to knee-jerk react by mashing the accelerator pedal, leaping forward into the intersection before the light changes. This won't happen if y...
by ClutchFork
Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:52 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Post your speed in top gear at 3000 RPM
Replies: 69
Views: 11193

Re: Post your speed in top gear at 3000 RPM

2001 Ranger 2.3L would be 80 mph at 3000 because it is about 2650 at 70 mph. My former truck, a 4.9L F150 5MT, ran 2050 at 70 mph and so would have to be going about 100 mph to get to 3000 rpm. Now I can tell you that if I take 1st gear in the Ranger out to about 5000 rpm it's around 30+ mph, and fu...
by ClutchFork
Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: My Truck: Hard Run through the gears Flowmaster & Dynomax
Replies: 13
Views: 2080

Re: My Truck: Hard Run through the gears Flowmaster & Dynoma

Sounds pretty good when you open her up. How's the truck been treating you? Pretty good other than clutch hydraulics problems. I paid $3000 for it with 68,000 miles in Dec 2011. The slave leaked at 70,000, the throwout siezed at 80,000 at which time we discovered the clutch disk at 1/16" off the ri...
by ClutchFork
Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:25 pm
Forum: Manuals in the News
Topic: Dispelling myths about manual transmissions
Replies: 25
Views: 6217

Re: Dispelling myths about manual transmissions

tankinbeans wrote:I'd think an advantage, albeit a small one admittedly, would be that one could bump/push-start a manual whereas an automatic cannot be started thusly.
Got me home two years ago when my starter went out.
by ClutchFork
Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:52 pm
Forum: Manuals in the News
Topic: Dispelling myths about manual transmissions
Replies: 25
Views: 6217

Re: Dispelling myths about manual transmissions

For the most part, I'm with you..... I love the long pull (with the proper gearing, of course) of a manual transmission car. Short shifting isn't much fun for me, even if it is a good way to get good fuel economy. I often find myself winding out the gears just for the sheer joy of it. But at the sa...
by ClutchFork
Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: How many gears is too many? Random Ramblings.
Replies: 38
Views: 6391

Re: How many gears is too many? Random Ramblings.

While I sometimes skip gears it is not something I would want to regularly do. I like fewer gears as I like to wind the engine through each gear. Too many gears and you'll always be short shifting which to me is no fun. On the topic of gears, there is a special beauty to a three speed in a pickup tr...
by ClutchFork
Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: How many gears is too many? Random Ramblings.
Replies: 38
Views: 6391

How many gears is too many? Random Ramblings.

When I started driving stick the typical manual tranny car had a 3 speed. I had two 3 speeds, then my next vehicle was a 4 speed, then the next two are 5 speed. I yearn for a drive in that old 3 speed, especially since it was a find-em-and-grind-em column shifter. But of course the ideal situation i...
by ClutchFork
Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:33 pm
Forum: Manuals in the News
Topic: Dispelling myths about manual transmissions
Replies: 25
Views: 6217

Re: Dispelling myths about manual transmissions

Hmmm, clutches tend to last me about 100,000 miles. I think it is because I like to emphasise the fact that I have a manual transmission in the way I drive, giving it some gusto each gearshift. You can make a clutch last 200,000 miles but it is not much fun because to do that you essentially have to...
by ClutchFork
Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:57 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: What would be the quickest/easiest way to fry a clutch?
Replies: 16
Views: 2392

Re: What would be the quickest/easiest way to fry a clutch?

Before I knew how to teach driving a clutch I tried to teach someone and told them to give it more gas as they let out the clutch. They had not practiced working the pedal or much of anything and had only driven a stick once many, many years ago. I watched the tach go up to about 3500 rpm as the tru...
by ClutchFork
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: My Truck: Hard Run through the gears Flowmaster & Dynomax
Replies: 13
Views: 2080

My Truck: Hard Run through the gears Flowmaster & Dynomax

Flomaster Original 40 series. This was put on my truck without my approval and later removed because it was too loud. But I am posting this because it is a nice hard run through the gears: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyPVrNvL_u0 Now I am running a Dynomax Super Turbo and it is much better. You ca...
by ClutchFork
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:53 am
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: Snow on clutch shoe, slips on pedal, what to do????
Replies: 16
Views: 3610

Re: Snow on clutch shoe, slips on pedal, what to do????

I suppose one could rig up a small space heater of high output to dry off the shoe. :mrgreen:
by ClutchFork
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Clutch Changeout Issues with Hydraulics
Replies: 4
Views: 4476

Re: Clutch Changeout Issues with Hydraulics

Nice illustrations. The clutch master is separate from that of the brakes on my Ranger. The master is below the brake vacuum diaphram and there is a line from it to a point about 10 inches higher where the reservoir is located. I've done all I can and it is working. Hopefully over time the engagemen...
by ClutchFork
Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:12 am
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Clutch Changeout Issues with Hydraulics
Replies: 4
Views: 4476

Re: Clutch Changeout Issues with Hydraulics

The tranny shop that did the master did bench bleed it before installing it so there should not be much in the way of air bubbles. But you point about self bleeding over time is interesting. That would support what my other shop said about the pedal improving with time (that and/or my theory that th...