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Old 10-31-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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Getting into 2nd smoothly

Hey guys! I bought a 2012 Mustang GT about a year ago and ever since I've gotten it I've noticed it's sometimes difficult shifting from 1st to 2nd without getting the "double lurch." I've tried almost everything I can think of, but it's hard getting a smooth transition from 1st to 2nd. All the other gears are as smooth as butter. The shifter it self goes into gear fine, but when I let off the clutch, the car seems to jump. I'm still new to driving a manual so any advice on this would help out greatly! Thanks for any help.
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Are you letting off the gas when shifting? You are probably just giving it too much gas too soon and possibly lifting off the clutch to abruptly. I think once you get some more seat time with the manual you'll smooth it out on your own.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
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Mine will do the same thing if I just get rolling in first, shift to second and don't give it any gas.
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That's your skip shift,, When under 2000 RPM's it will skip 2nd gear and go in to 4th!! Suppose to help save gas!!!! Get a tune and it will shut it off!!
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That's your skip shift,, When under 2000 RPM's it will skip 2nd gear and go in to 4th!! Suppose to help save gas!!!! Get a tune and it will shut it off!!
This "feature" is on a lot of new cars today. I know my dads challenger has it and I've heard of it else where. He got a skip shift eliminator off of slp.com that was pretty cheap. If you're going to get a tuner then do that, but if not then I would recommend the eliminator.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:27 PM   #6
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This "feature" is on a lot of new cars today. I know my dads challenger has it and I've heard of it else where. He got a skip shift eliminator off of slp.com that was pretty cheap. If you're going to get a tuner then do that, but if not then I would recommend the eliminator.
Supposedly on our cars there is a wire under the car you can disconnect and it will turn skip shift off. I never bothered because I have a tuner.
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:55 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replys! It sounds like I might be giving it too much gas between shifts so I will work on that when I drive tomorrow. It's definitely not the skip shift feature. I know when it locks out 2nd and goes into 4th haha the engine "bogs" down when that happens! If you guys have anymore ideas just keep me posted!
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Shift faster don't let your rpm's drop too low..
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:17 PM   #9
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Yeah back off the throttle a little and/or slip the clutch a little more.
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Yeah back off the throttle a little and/or slip the clutch a little more.
About what rpm do you normally shift at to get a nice smooth shift from 1st to 2nd?
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About what rpm do you normally shift at to get a nice smooth shift from 1st to 2nd?
Personally I shift around 2500-3000 rpm. I keep my foot barley touching the throttle but giving it a small amount of gas, I let the clutch go real fast till where it catches where I slow down and start to give it a little more gas while continuing to let the clutch out.
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I rip through mine like a 18yr old virgins first time at a whore house. Shift at 2k if you really want to be smooth about it otherwise who cares......its a mustang so have a little fun with it. Practice makes perfect.
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Get the Mgw no then no more problem the stock shifter is doooooo dooooooo!
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:13 AM   #14
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Sounds to me like you just need more practice with it. I recall the first couple of 1-2 shifts with the new 5.0 were a little lurchy (felt like a cheap plastic quadrant kinda) but after a couple power shifts and a little time i didnt have any issue. I usually find the sweet spots in most cars I get into right away but I've been driving stick non stop for 7 years now.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:47 AM   #15
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I used to have the same problem. Got a Bama tune with the skip shift delete and no problem. Something to consider if you going that way on your mods.
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This guy has a '13 manual, no skip shift! Anywhere around 2k-2.5k is good, still easy to slip. Funny, its actually very easy to shift smoothly above 4k, but not recommended for city driving.
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I used to have the same problem. Got a Bama tune with the skip shift delete and no problem. Something to consider if you going that way on your mods.
Very cool. I have considered getting a JLT CAI along with a Bama tune. It would be nice to not have to deal with skip shift ever again, plus I heard it will give you better throttle response!
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:52 PM   #18
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Shifted around 2200 rpm today and gave it very very little gas and noticed a pretty big difference. I guess I was giving it too much has going into 2nd.
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