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Mark O.'s Comment
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Just started at tmc and im having trouble shifting (double clutch) the truck is a 9 speed.. I've never drove a stick before. I sometimes forget what gear im in..can somebody give me some advice please

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.

James H.'s Comment
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Some good videos on YouTube.

Just started at tmc and im having trouble shifting (double clutch) the truck is a 9 speed.. I've never drove a stick before. I sometimes forget what gear im in..can somebody give me some advice please

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.

Reaper's Comment
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If you're a musician, try thinking the drums. Helped me out. Its like keeping rhythm to a song you like. Left right left for down shifting. Left and move, left and move for upshifting. Upshifting is like punching someone you don't like. Gotta move your feet to get closer, and gotta move your arm to throw that punch.

Also handy tip never forget the splitter. Transmissions don't like shifting from 5th to 1st.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Mark, you should certainly "learn" the gears literally by the seat of your pants - the vibration, the feel of the speed you're going, shifting up or down, etc.

I've heard "never having driven a stick before" means you don't have the bad habits a 4-wheel stick driver has.

In your learning process, you'll probably use double clutching. You'll need to develop the rhythm as a body/muscle memory thing. That's what Reaper meant about being a musician. The steps will come as you practice: grab the shifter then go: clutch in - pull to neutral - clutch out - clutch in - pull to gear - clutch out.

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.

Mark O.'s Comment
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Thanks everyone for the advice gonna give it another shot tues

Mark, you should certainly "learn" the gears literally by the seat of your pants - the vibration, the feel of the speed you're going, shifting up or down, etc.

I've heard "never having driven a stick before" means you don't have the bad habits a 4-wheel stick driver has.

In your learning process, you'll probably use double clutching. You'll need to develop the rhythm as a body/muscle memory thing. That's what Reaper meant about being a musician. The steps will come as you practice: grab the shifter then go: clutch in - pull to neutral - clutch out - clutch in - pull to gear - clutch out.

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.

Garth M.'s Comment
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I've been driving for 3 weeks now and occasionally I still forget what gear I'm in, especially when I'm thinking about some other thing that I'd just done wrong but compared to the first week I'm doing a lot better. Don't be too hard on yourself the negative vibes take on a life of they're own and you just have to roll with the punches. With all the anxiety I find getting enough sleep to be the most critical factor for having a good day.

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