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Old 02-20-2016, 09:52 PM   #1
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Manual transmission basics on the new GT

I will be getting a manual Gt next month. I've never driven a manual so i'm hoping this will be a decent car to learn on. What are the key points to driving these cars with a stick? Like always have the clutch in during so and so, fiwnshift when so and so etc. Also does the exhaust crackle and pop when downshifting with the roush axelbacks?

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It should be a decent car to learn on, it's relatively easy compared to some. I'd recommend taking it easy, don't worry about downshifting at all until you have mastered driving a manual. There is damage that can be done. Clutch fully in when shifting and fully out with foot off pedal after complete. You'll learn the sweet spots and can adjust accordingly once you have experience.

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I wouldn't worry about downshifting right now, but my Borla ATAK crackles and pops on downshift and upshift.
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Gas to the rug, 1st gear slide foot off clutch. You should catch on pretty quick from there.

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Given the HP and torque of the 5.0, the GT should be a fairly easy car to learn to shift with a manual.
I would think that the first thing you should do is have someone with you when you pick up the car who knows how to drive a 6 speed really well.
Have that person take you to an empty parking lot where you can take over and practice. Watch the tachometer, and as you take off from a stop, use no more than 1,500 rpm. Match the clutch take up with additional throttle to keep the rpm's at 1,500. This will take a few tries, but once mastered, you'll be able to do this without even looking at the tach.
As you learn to do additional gears and on up to speed, don't go crazy with rpm and speed until you gain experience. 435 HP is nothing to fool around with for a novice.
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