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If you want to be smoother going from a complete stop to 1st, or from 1st to 2nd, use the clutch a little more - take an extra second and let your left foot off the clutch a little slower. At the same time, be more gradual when you apply the gas pedal. Practice makes perfect.
As far as downshifts, same thing - use the clutch a little more.
A good shift shouldn't take more than a second or two at the most. If you're using the clutch longer than that, you'll probably begin to smell it and you'll burn it up sooner.
Once you master that, you can try rev-matching and double clutching.
I for one benefited hugely from performance driving lessons. They aren't cheap but having a professional give you pointers is priceless in my book.
When i was still driving the Mitsubishi I used a phablet as a heads up display with a handful of extra gauges like numerical RPM, throttle position, G-force and a shift indicator. it connected to the car via the OBD2 port with a Bluetooth dongle. The idea is that you get a better understanding of whats going on with your feet and with the engine. for about a hundred bucks the extra data can help you self train.
If you dont want to spend alot on training and hardware i would watch youtube videos on rev-matching. then go out and waste some gas : )
I still don't shift smoothly every time but here is what I did to get better:
researched my gear ratios
see which gears are closer and which are wider
watched the rpm gauge and try to memorize the rpm drop from one gear to the next (memorized on a flat road, then add some rpms for uphill and subtract for downhill depending on the degree of the slope)
As far as heel/toe rev-matching, first I check my speed and then estimate what rpms will need to be for the gear I'm shifting into. Then I try to rev a little above that to compensate for the time it takes to shift and let the clutch out. Just remember not to let the clutch out mid corner if you're hauling a$$
It sounds way more complicated than it is... once you get the feel for it's pie.
Modifications: my lightweight crank pulley made a world of difference for rev matching. It revved quicker and eliminated the shift lock I was getting. However, that was with the stock cat back. Now that I have full 3" catless turbo back exhaust it revs so fast I can (kind of) heel/toe with honky work boots.
If you want any hope of getting into 1st from 2nd without coming to a complete stop(normal with this car) put this in the tranny. AKA Uncle Scotty's cocktail.
1 Transmission Cocktail Mix - GrimmSpeed
I just thought of this... I ported and polished throttle body, exhaust manifolds and got a Grimmspeed crosspipe. There is so much more off-boost torque. I can let the clutch out in first with no gas on flat ground. The engine doesn't chug like it used to in any gear! Kinda helps out on shifts too.
After researching p&p I didn't expect to see that much difference.
So does the cocktail reduce effort needed to shift?
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