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Old 12-10-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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Power Shifting

hey folks,

i´ve heard about something that´s called power shifting.

can someone please explain to me what it is and how to do it and what precautions you have to take.
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Drop clutch, put the gas on the floor, push in clutch and bang second gear never letting off the gas, repeat for other gears.

Tip - don't miss a gear or you could severely jack something up.

Its fun/scary all at the same time. If you get good at it your track times will show it.
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hey folks, i´ve heard about something that´s called power shifting. can someone please explain to me what it is and how to do it and what precautions you have to take.
power shifting is essentially shifting, without taking your foot off the gas. Basically what you do, from a Dead stop

-Give it gas, release clutch. Put gas pedal to the floor.
-Before redline, push in clutch with foot held on gas.
-Shift into next gear.
-dump clutch.

You are not going to want to do this all the time, because it is VERY hard on the transmission. Things you're gonna want to look out for.

-Timing of the shift so you do not grind gears.
-Not thrusting the shifter into gear at 10000 ft/lbs. you'll break it.
-Do not go around powershifting 24/7 because i can guarantee you'll be buying a new tranny.
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power shifting is essentially shifting, without taking your foot off the gas. Basically what you do, from a Dead stop

-Give it gas, release clutch. Put gas pedal to the floor.
-Before redline, push in clutch with foot held on gas.
-Shift into next gear.
-dump clutch.

You are not going to want to do this all the time, because it is VERY hard on the transmission. Things you're gonna want to look out for.

-Timing of the shift so you do not grind gears.
-Not thrusting the shifter into gear at 10000 ft/lbs. you'll break it.
-Do not go around powershifting 24/7 because i can guarantee you'll be buying a new tranny.
ok thanks for the information. is it helpful to have a short shifter?
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Oh god yes. Your shifts will be leaps and bounds better, if you get a short throw. I recommend MGW.
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Everyone has there own style
The method above is typical.
I don't leave my foot on the floor for the 1-2 shift because it will blow out the tires. I don't do it for the 2-3 shift either, I miss it too often...
3-4, right foot on the floor and I use just enough clutch so that it doesn't grind and bang it into gear.
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I'm an auto owner learning manual and I want to know wtf does miss a gear mean
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I'm an auto owner learning manual and I want to know wtf does miss a gear mean
There's a space between gears that is imaginary. It only exists when you are trying really hard not to find it.

To the op, this is not something you just want to start doing without practice. Common mistakes are bending shift forks and over revving the motor.
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I'm an auto owner learning manual and I want to know wtf does miss a gear mean
Jumping a head to many gears to put it simply. Think about the "H" pattern on a shift knob for example. It's very common for people to overshoot 3rd and end up in 5th gear when going from 2d gear. Just and example.



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practice! I wouldn't advise going out after reading these and trying it!!!
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Jumping a head to many gears to put it simply. Think about the "H" pattern on a shift knob for example. It's very common for people to overshoot 3rd and end up in 5th gear when going from 2d gear. Just and example.
I have never seen someone go into 5th when trying to go to 3rd. Whoever did that needs to be taken the keys from a manual
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Ever since I got my new ford clutch cable it's so soft were it's super easy to slam gears , I would only power shift if I knew I was dealing with a good driver
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I have never seen someone go into 5th when trying to go to 3rd. Whoever did that needs to be taken the keys from a manual
Really common to do with new people on a manual, actually. I did it once or twice in the first week of learning. Even my dad, who has driven manuals a lot of his adult life did it when bringing the car back from the previous owners house. He claims it felt different than other manuals he's driven. I think he was just too proud to admit he was rusty. Lol.

Now if you've been driving the car for months on end, and STILL do it, i agree there is definitely a problem there.
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Really common to do with new people on a manual, actually. I did it once or twice in the first week of learning. Even my dad, who has driven manuals a lot of his adult life did it when bringing the car back from the previous owners house. He claims it felt different than other manuals he's driven. I think he was just too proud to admit he was rusty. Lol. Now if you've been driving the car for months on end, and STILL do it, i agree there is definitely a problem there.
Idk cause I learned how to drive a manual in my car. I did drive my parents corvette a few times but never got out of 2nd gear.
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Idk cause I learned how to drive a manual in my car. I did drive my parents corvette a few times but never got out of 2nd gear.
+1 I never drove a manual a day in my life...until we drove 2 hours away to check out my 02 GT, my father test drove it, said it drove great, than after we signed for it, he threw me the keys and said "see ya at home, good luck". I must say I never accidentally shifted from 2-5.
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+1 I never drove a manual a day in my life...until we drove 2 hours away to check out my 02 GT, my father test drove it, said it drove great, than after we signed for it, he threw me the keys and said "see ya at home, good luck". I must say I never accidentally shifted from 2-5.
I even test drove my own lol, surprisingly didn't stall it during the test drive. A mechanical clutch is honestly easier to drive than a hydraulic clutch.
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I even test drove my own lol, surprisingly didn't stall it during the test drive. A mechanical clutch is honestly easier to drive than a hydraulic clutch.
Pardon my ignorance, but i've never understood the difference between the two.
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Pardon my ignorance, but i've never understood the difference between the two.
Cable driven vs hydraulic driven clutch, pretty self explanatory
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Pardon my ignorance, but i've never understood the difference between the two.
A hydraulic clutch is hydraulic lol. It makes it much easier to push the clutch in. You can pretty much let your foot rest on the pedal and it goes to the floor. Ours don't have a hydraulic pump that helps us engage the clutch so it's considered mechanical. Kinda like power steering and not having power steering
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And with all the hydraulic stuff happening you get a much different feel of the clutch. A mechanical you get a completely natural feel as it engages as you are controlling the cable, I like mechanical better, even if it is stiff as hell.
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And with all the hydraulic stuff happening you get a much different feel of the clutch. A mechanical you get a completely natural feel as it engages as you are controlling the cable, I like mechanical better, even if it is stiff as hell.
I got to test drive an 04 Mach 1 with a hydraulic setup, and man was it super easy and smooth, but I agree that you get a muchhhh more natural feel with a cable clutch.
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Pardon my ignorance, but i've never understood the difference between the two.
Lol, as much as they explained it you won't "understand" the feel till you feel it. Find a srt-4 and test drive it...I think they are hydraulic I know the reg 5speed neons are. I once test drove a buddy's 97 cobra before driving home in my old neon...I had to walk around for a half hour before I could drive home because I couldn't manipulate the hydro clutch properly after getting used to that cobras cable clutch. Honestly because of my legs being bad I'm contemplating putting a hydro clutch on my stang
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This is how you power shift:
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This is how you power shift:
That looked alright, but 3-4 was a little bit slow...
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That looked alright, but 3-4 was a little bit slow...

I wasn't expecting to shift into 4th gear so I granny shifted it.
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I wasn't expecting to shift into 4th gear so I granny shifted it.
Haha.
I could tell that was a last second decision.
All of the important shifts looked good...
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The worst "gear missing" I ever did was going from 2nd to first.
My hands were cold and numb and I went to go to third and my hand slipped and went into first, and I like to quick shift, and noticed it right I was coming out in the clutch by the way the car started to lurch forward.
Scared the hell out of me.
This was also my 2nd day owning the MT.
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The worst "gear missing" I ever did was going from 2nd to first.
My hands were cold and numb and I went to go to third and my hand slipped and went into first, and I like to quick shift, and noticed it right I was coming out in the clutch by the way the car started to lurch forward.
Scared the hell out of me.
This was also my 2nd day owning the MT.
No doubt! I cant see an accidental 2-5 shift, but have had my fair share of 2-1 oopsies when trying for 3rd. Damn those old Celica's (shakes fist) or that total noob behind the wheel....
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