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post #1 of 11 Old 03-22-2009, 04:31 AM Thread Starter
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Missing second gear

I notice when Im launching and I shift into second gear, i miss it alot, espically when im racing someone. I was wonder if poly bushings will make the shift a little smoother ? I heard that the bushings alone will make the drive alot more enjoyable but I want your guys opinion. I dont want to get a shorthrow shifter I just want the bushings.
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Are you trying to power shift or something? Yes bushings do help with the slop in the shifting and do tighten it up. do you have a short throw in your car?
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A short throw paired with some bushings is an excellent way to go. I run the Cobb SS and busings, love every minute of shifting it. I seldom miss a gear and do notice a bit of a difference.

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I'm trying to understand how of all gears you are missing 2nd?? Especially accelerating it is straight down from 1st. You should be careful before you mash some gears and cause an expensive problem.

Poly bushings can help, be sure to get both the front and rear stay bushings for the shifter.
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I notice when Im launching and I shift into second gear, i miss it alot, espically when im racing someone. I was wonder if poly bushings will make the shift a little smoother ? I heard that the bushings alone will make the drive alot more enjoyable but I want your guys opinion. I dont want to get a shorthrow shifter I just want the bushings.

Keep doing that and you will be missing more than 2nd gear

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i did this all the time when i was first learning to drive. Here are some things i noticed that help

1. Press the clutch ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR. Not just enough to engage but every last inch. Trust me it helps

2. Hold the shift knob in your fingertips, there is more feel/control than using your fatty palm

3. Apply light pressure to the knob (from 1st to second) before you are even ready to shift. This will allow it to slip right in and not waste any time.

4. DO NOT FLAT FOOT SHIFT. Take your foot all the way off the gas, and try to time it with the clutch. If you get it right, it will all be very fast and you may even be lucky enough to not fall completely out of boost.

5. BUY the Group N or Cusco Tranny mount. I am just now finding out how wonderful these are!!
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I wouldnt be pulling back on the shift knob before you have the clutch in or having pressure on the shift knob, if you make the mistake of popping that out of gear before the clutch is in and still have a load on the tranny you can really do some damage maybe not right away but it will really fatigue some parts in the tranny, and really when shifting gears you dont have to lay all the way off the gas it helps in alot of cases to keep the RPM's up a little bit while you shift gears for easier shifting and helps on the syncros.
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No i never power shift and i do not have a short shifter. I think the problem is that i just get to anxious and some how i end up missing second lol... Its pretty embarrising. Im gunna be ordering some bushings soon.
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that will help you out, it will defiantly help with the firmness of the shifter
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the bushings will help you out some, but when i use to drag race my old bugeye (on the track) I was so focused on trying to get the launch correctly that it was so quick to get to second gear and I missed that gear if I did miss a gear. All I did was really concentrate and focus on keeping the shifter to the left as it has that natural tendency to move towards the center. I say focus on that gear and envision yourself keeping it as far left as possible.

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Thanks for the advice.
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