Please Give Me Feedback On My Shifting (video)

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John G.'s Comment
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It's been grinding my gears that I learned to drive a truck in a standard, but have only driven auto since.

No trucks were available the other night, so I got to drive a rare 10 speed.

I set up my camera so I can get feedback.. I included my worst moments hoping to get ideas for improvement.

Here's the video.. please offer feedback on how I can improve my shifting. Like timing, rhythm, etc.

Timing? Rhythm?

Here is the video. I annotated and narrated my thought process to make it easier to critique

https://youtu.be/-4Kn_qBSa9g

Thank you

I had the most trouble in the lower gears. It seemed like the truck got up to speed quickly (ie.. 15 mph), and the truck liked when I threw it into 6

Thank you in advance

Turtle's Comment
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Without seeing your speed, and listening only to what I can hear through my phone's crappy speaker, my initial thought is you are over-revving for the gear you're in. Long, drawn out high rpms indicate that you're just waiting too long to shift to a higher gear.

Higher rpms require slower shifting, low rpms require faster shifting, if that makes sense. I think you need to shift at a lower rpm. The sweet spot is somewhere between 1200 & 1500. My preference is closer to 1200, especially when light or empty. Heavier weight may need you to pick the rpms up a little before shifting to account for the increased rpm falloff. Uphill/downhill will make a difference too. It's important that that you grab that next gear before the rpms fall below 1000.

My suggestion would be to not skip-shift for the time being, and focus on consistent smooth shifting at low rpms, and become fairly adept at that before advancing.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I agree 100% with Turtle. From what I can hear and see it sounds like you are to high in the RPMs. Do like he said and it should go better. Also I second the don't skip shift until you get go through all the gears then try skipping.

BTW: great idea making the video, a lot of people come here asking for help shifting, it is difficult to offer advice without seeing what they are doing.

John G.'s Comment
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Really appreciate the feedback. thanks for your time for watching.

i heard a guy in the parking lot shifting a 10 speed every second or so. its weird to me shifting so much, but ill try that the next chance i have.

do you usually start in second?

Should I accelerate slower? I feel like the big amount gas I'm giving it makes it harder to get it into the next year? Like I rev it so high, it's ready for 5 instead of 4

i am saving my money for a pete 379 with either a 13 or 15 speed. are they a lot harder to drive than a 10 speed? how do they compare?

i understand there is a learning curve, but the guys who have mastered them wouodnt go back to auto

thank you. i am a local delivery driver and auto is nice when i gotta jerk off parking, going back and forth several times, but i plan on doing longer routes, and think the manual would be more enjoyable for longer hauls. the longest ride in my local route is an hour or so and its boring just setting the truck on cruise

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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i am saving my money for a pete 379 with either a 13 or 15 speed. are they a lot harder to drive than a 10 speed? how do they compare?

Not even in the same ballpark!

What year? Glider? Hood? So many questions~ as you get the cart ahead of the horse, of course!

Read some of PJ's posts, for starters; His ride is in his profile, as well as much info on being an O/O.

Garner and many companies have the NEW Pete's..... be more specfic.

For now; learn how to shift!! Here's some resources/links: Tips for Shifting ~

Best to ya; cool video, as well

~ Anne & Tom ~

PackRat's Comment
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i am saving my money for a pete 379 with either a 13 or 15 speed.

Why?

BK's Comment
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Cecil

i am saving my money for a pete 379 with either a 13 or 15 speed.

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Why?

On

Once again, PackRat proves to be the king of one word, or maybe a few words, postings on here. Lol

John G.'s Comment
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Thanks I gotta look at the posts.

I like the styling of the pete and a couple of drivers I know love them. The only issue is fuel mileage.

I rarely get to drive a standard, but it sounds like drivers shift through the low gears in about 1-2 seconds per shift. I'm gonna keep that in mind for my next chance

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i am saving my money for a pete 379 with either a 13 or 15 speed. are they a lot harder to drive than a 10 speed? how do they compare?

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Not even in the same ballpark!

What year? Glider? Hood? So many questions~ as you get the cart ahead of the horse, of course!

Read some of PJ's posts, for starters; His ride is in his profile, as well as much info on being an O/O.

Garner and many companies have the NEW Pete's..... be more specfic.

For now; learn how to shift!! Here's some resources/links: Tips for Shifting ~

Best to ya; cool video, as well

~ Anne & Tom ~

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Thanks I gotta look at the posts.

I like the styling of the pete and a couple of drivers I know love them. The only issue is fuel mileage.

I rarely get to drive a standard, but it sounds like drivers shift through the low gears in about 1-2 seconds per shift. I'm gonna keep that in mind for my next chance

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i am saving my money for a pete 379 with either a 13 or 15 speed. are they a lot harder to drive than a 10 speed? how do they compare?

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Not even in the same ballpark!

What year? Glider? Hood? So many questions~ as you get the cart ahead of the horse, of course!

Read some of PJ's posts, for starters; His ride is in his profile, as well as much info on being an O/O.

Garner and many companies have the NEW Pete's..... be more specfic.

For now; learn how to shift!! Here's some resources/links: Tips for Shifting ~

Best to ya; cool video, as well

~ Anne & Tom ~

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Owning a truck is a pretty serious thing. It's quite literally starting your own business. Think of buying a truck as buying a small store. Are you ready to fully run and operate that business? Do you have substantial capital saved for emergencies?

There are quite a few experienced drivers -- with multiple years of experience -- who post here regularly. All but one, as far as I am aware, are company drivers. PJ is an O/O and the other experienced drivers here are all company drivers. That right there should be a strong indicator as to how hard it is to make money as an O/O. Don't get caught up in the romantic idea of owning your own truck.

G-Town's Comment
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PackRat’s question had everything todo with “why” you want to buy a truck. That is the question and it wasn’t answered.

Please think about the underlying reasons for becoming an owner operator and if you are so inclined, share them with us.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

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