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Old 05-15-2012, 12:54 PM
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How far do you press the clutch down while shifting?

Because I've been experimenting with my new Lude and I found that I can press the clutch down only about halfway and shift fine. But I was wondering is that bad to do? Are you supposed to press the clutch down all the way to the floor between shifts?
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Re: How far do you press the clutch down while shifting?

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Old 05-15-2012, 02:40 PM
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Re: How far do you press the clutch down while shifting?

any time you do quick shifts like that especially coupled with moving the shifter quickly too, it will cause a little extra wear and tear over time. especially on the syncros. if you want to extend the life of them, just for every day driving, i would ensure the clutch is pressed to the appropriate depth and the shifter moved in a smooth motion. but it's perfectly fine if you need to get up and go quick and have to make some quick shifts. even still, i'd rather wind out each gear a little longer and maybe skip a gear or 2.
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Re: How far do you press the clutch down while shifting?

The clutch may disengage enough for you to shift, but any time you're not fully depressing the pedal, you risk wearing the clutch, since you don't know just how much it has or hasn't disengaged. Go to the floor...clutch jobs are a pain and expensive.
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Re: How far do you press the clutch down while shifting?

I never push the clutch all the way down anymore. My lude shifts smoother with it being halfway depressed than rather all the way down. It may cause some harm overtime but all my cousins and I shift like that. I used to depress it all the way when I just got it but I was getting a feel for the clutch before I started messing with anything. If I'm trying to take off or shift really fast then I depress the clutch all the way.
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Re: How far do you press the clutch down while shifting?

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I found that I can press the clutch down only about halfway and shift fine.

Great job mang, you are genius.
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Re: How far do you press the clutch down while shifting?

Press it to the floor and don't ask any more questions, this is for the life of your clutch. Thank you.
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Re: How far do you press the clutch down while shifting?

Kinda on topic , what do you guys do when going up ramps and aprons ect when you car is slammed ? I hold the clutch at friction point and gently rev up engough that I can go up the ramps.
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Re: How far do you press the clutch down while shifting?

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Because I've been experimenting with my new Lude and I found that I can press the clutch down only about halfway and shift fine. But I was wondering is that bad to do? Are you supposed to press the clutch down all the way to the floor between shifts?
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Re: How far do you press the clutch down while shifting?

Depressing the clutch all the way is your best bet to save you alot of money and bloody knuckles, daily driving I pres my clutch down to the floor but ripping around corners I can press mine anywhere from a 1/4 to 1/2 to ensure im quick in the corner.
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Re: How far do you press the clutch down while shifting?

You don't have to press it down all the way. You just gotta make sure that it is fully disengaged from the engine so that you don't prematurely wear out the clutch components. The feel for the clutch will only come with time and experience.. I still haven't gotten the perfect feel for mine - just think about when you're going from a stop. You know how you depress the clutch a little and the engine is still disengaged? That little bit of give is how much you can not press down the clutch when shifting so that you don't mess up your ride (if that makes sense). If it's your daily driver, just slam the thing to the ground (the car too), shift real quick and get the revs right, straight smooth shifting. I love it when I get perfect shifts (usually 2nd-3rd, but also all the way up to 5th sometimes), nothing funner than a good ol' cruise in the prelude.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong..

Good luck and take care of that clutch if your pockets are hollow. If not, then just don't even press it, grind those gears, yo!
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Re: How far do you press the clutch down while shifting?

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Kinda on topic , what do you guys do when going up ramps and aprons ect when you car is slammed ? I hold the clutch at friction point and gently rev up engough that I can go up the ramps.
What do you mean by ramps?
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Re: How far do you press the clutch down while shifting?

i usually press it down just a tad bit before it touches the floor and shifts better that way. but after reading these comments, im going to make sure to fully floor it now lol. not trying to replace my clutch anytime soon.
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What do you mean by ramps?
inclined terrain, like in a parking garage with multiple floors.
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inclined terrain, like in a parking garage with multiple floors.
Ah, I usually keep my clutch depressed a bit just till I can feel the gear grab so I can keep my RPM's up a bit and not idle to low or stall
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inclined terrain, like in a parking garage with multiple floors.
Ramps/aprons as in ramps to do an oil change etc.


An Apron is a style ramp. Basically a flat ramp you can lean against something to walk up or drive up... not a full bodied ramp like you'd normally use.
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Ramps/aprons as in ramps to do an oil change etc.


An Apron is a style ramp. Basically a flat ramp you can lean against something to walk up or drive up... not a full bodied ramp like you'd normally use.
ooooh those ramps lmao
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Re: How far do you press the clutch down while shifting?

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Ramps/aprons as in ramps to do an oil change etc.


An Apron is a style ramp. Basically a flat ramp you can lean against something to walk up or drive up... not a full bodied ramp like you'd normally use.
Ah if that's the case I'm not sure. I just jack my car up a bit and insert pieces of wood under the tire and jack to get more clearance lol
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