How Do I Float Gears?

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Tyler Durden's Comment
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Has anyone made or seen a great video detailing how to float gears correctly. Something for the novice to understand easily

Float Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Has anyone made or seen a great video detailing how to go about this correctly. Something for the novice to understand easily

You can't float if your in school... Don't pick up that habit... I was trying to double clutch and float when I went through school trust me its bad... When you start at your job your trainer will show you

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Tyler Durden's Comment
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Has anyone made or seen a great video detailing how to go about this correctly. Something for the novice to understand easily

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You can't float if your in school... Don't pick up that habit... I was trying to double clutch and float when I went through school trust me its bad... When you start at your job your trainer will show you

Oh trust me I won't be floating or even talking about it in school. I just keep seeing posts about it and figured I would ask as I know some may be interested as well but not want to ask.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Pick/Grin's Comment
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I think Errol mentioned hitting the right rpms and then tapping the throttle to bump it outta gear. I managed to get it down nice and smooth in only a few days after figuring out the basic concept.

Get your rpms to where they need to be, tap the pedal to slip out of gear, and wait for rpms to drop/rev the engine, slide back into gear.

I found out through trial and error on some low speed roads with no traffic. I imagine it like tapping the pedal replaces the first clutch.

I wish I could describe it better =/

You can skip gears in this manner as well

Pick/Grin's Comment
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Oh, and don't do it in school. Definitely a no no

Scott O.'s Comment
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Has anyone made or seen a great video detailing how to go about this correctly. Something for the novice to understand easily

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You can't float if your in school... Don't pick up that habit... I was trying to double clutch and float when I went through school trust me its bad... When you start at your job your trainer will show you

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Oh trust me I won't be floating or even talking about it in school. I just keep seeing posts about it and figured I would ask as I know some may be interested as well but not want to ask.

Its easy.. Just like double clutching without the clutching lol instead of pushing the clutch push the shifter out rev and push in gear.. That's to down shift.. Same for up shifting just don't rev...

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Logan M.'s Comment
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I wonder if I'm the weird one when downshifting i tend to clutch out then float in when up shifting I don't clutch at all and there are times when I don't clutch out to downshift either

Errol V.'s Comment
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Here's the secret to floating. You already know how to double clutch up and down, right? The seat of your pants and your right arm should be sensitive to the correct vibrations/how the engine feels & sounds (related to those RPMs).

Now shift just like you would while double clutching , but don't move your left foot! (But do include that little pause in neutral when you downshift.)

(You don't need a video for this)

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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