How to Drive a Manual Video - The Smoking Tire

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Re: How to Drive a Manual Video - The Smoking Tire

Post by MidnightInGotham » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:09 pm

When going between 1 and 2 and further gears, I noticed that he engages the clutch fairly slowly and adds gas. I believe the see saw into higher gears is kind of an old school methodology and not needed in newer cars (or I believe I've read that).

I typically come off the clutch really quick between gears, like nearly dumping the clutch. Is thag poor form and should I be going slower when engaging the clutch between gears? And add throttle?
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Re: How to Drive a Manual Video - The Smoking Tire

Post by tankinbeans » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:13 pm

There's more than 1 way to skin a cat, but at the end of the day the cat is skinned. In the end the correct way is whichever way gets the job done.
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Re: How to Drive a Manual Video - The Smoking Tire

Post by MidnightInGotham » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:23 pm

P.s. Here is part two for blip downshifts

https://youtu.be/MhuLnE6iJSc
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Re: How to Drive a Manual Video - The Smoking Tire

Post by theholycow » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:32 pm

MidnightInGotham wrote:I typically come off the clutch really quick between gears, like nearly dumping the clutch. Is thag poor form and should I be going slower when engaging the clutch between gears? And add throttle?
Is the result smooth enough for your preference, and otherwise satisfactory? If so, then enjoy.
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Re: How to Drive a Manual Video - The Smoking Tire

Post by IMBoring25 » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:36 pm

If your rev matching is perfect it doesn't matter what you do to let out the clutch. If it's not, coming off the clutch more progressively will absorb the difference a bit more smoothly to be easier on the drivetrain, passengers, cargo, and your control of the car near the limit or in adverse conditions. Age of the car isn't extremely relevant in this case.

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Re: How to Drive a Manual Video - The Smoking Tire

Post by MidnightInGotham » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:38 pm

theholycow wrote:
MidnightInGotham wrote:I typically come off the clutch really quick between gears, like nearly dumping the clutch. Is thag poor form and should I be going slower when engaging the clutch between gears? And add throttle?
Is the result smooth enough for your preference, and otherwise satisfactory? If so, then enjoy.
I can more consistently be smooth when releasing a little slower, but I don't want to add more wear to the clutch. I can drop it and be smooth but I sometimes do it too soon and I can feel the engine jump a bit (my understanding of how the motor is mounted in a GTI is that the engine tends to rock a lot, they have aftermarket dogbone mount to alleviate this). I assume it would be a bit more wear than a quick clutch engagement, but is it significant?
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Re: How to Drive a Manual Video - The Smoking Tire

Post by tankinbeans » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:54 am

A quick engagement is less wear on the clutch, but if it's particularly jerky you're going put a fair bit of extra wear on the suspension and other bits.

A more drawn out, smooth release will put more wear on your clutch, but less on the suspension. But it really depends on how far you're trying to drag the revs. If it's a few hundred it's hardly worth worrying about, but a few thousand from a significant over/under rev is a while different ball of worms.

Clutches and suspension are both wearable parts. It's up to you where your comfort lies in putting more wear on the system. Most people are stupid and cars are designed to deal with stupid up to a point. A good number of people don't even pit as much thought into it as you've done.
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Re: How to Drive a Manual Video - The Smoking Tire

Post by Rope-Pusher » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:58 am

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