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Hi I am new here. I just recently learned to drive a stick. Im kinda bad. I don't kill it nemore but i can't get a fast start getting into first start. And when i shift into second its not smoothe. Anybody who is willing to help a beginner i will greatly appreciate it.
 

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Honestly..

I think it's nearly impossible to tell you how to drive a stick correctly. You just have to get a feel for the engine and learn it. This is one thing that the saying "Practice makes Perfect" fits 100%.

Now once you get good..(and can shift smoothly) to get good starts you will have to start practicing what rpms to launch off of...You want to be as high as possible without having wheel spinnage.

PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE, this will make you good..nothing else.
 

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i agree totally with nick on this one. you can't ask someone how they can improve the way you drive a stick. practicedoes make perfect. but remember when you do practice launches, practice in a rural area with no one around, because practicin and racin on the streets is just stupid.
 

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is their like a website that will give me in detail instructions so i can practice it right. Or is there anybody here who can do that
 

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when i reach the point where the clutch engages do i just floor it and release the clutch all the way at the same time
 

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never floor it! what you do is, slowly apply pressure to the accelerator while slowly releasing the clutch. if you floor and dump the clutch you will spin the tires and most likely harm your engine. practice slowly releasing the clutch and pressing the accelerator and the same time in your driveway with the car off. if you want you can go the limit and imagine driving and practice shifting with the car off.
 

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Driving a manual transmission vehicle is not something that can be conveyed over the internet very well. The best advice I could give has already been given. Practice. That's what it boils down to.

Much of the clutch work is done by feel, and that is not something easily learned except through experience. It's kind of a Zen thing, I suppose. The more you drive your car, the more you will be in tune with it. If you pay attention to it's little quirks, you will become a better driver in general.

Good shifting is less speed than it is rhythm. If you are calm you will shift much better than if you are nervous, regardless of whether you are racing or trying to drive smoothly in traffic.

That was the reason for most of my stalls when I started driving a manual. I would think about stalling because I didn't feel confident with my shifting or was nervous. If you stay focused on your shifting, rather than fixating on negativity, you will probably notice improvement in your shifting technique.

Sorry if this wasn't exactly what you are looking for. It's more philosophy than technique, but technique is best learned through experience and personal training if necessary. Either way, I hope this helps in some fashion.
 

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beautifully said fentoozler45. he/she needs a confidence helper.
p.s. there are two parts in driving a stick. part 1 half of it's in your head. part 2 it's all about the feel.
 

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picking up women of course.

No really, I just searched google for "how to drive a clutch" and that came up. But, that is a good site to pick up some women at it isn't it.

You will find out, I'm a man of many links, I have a huge favorites folder and know my ways around the 'net.

Hi Ho Hi Ho, it's off to work I go....to pay the bills and..(isn't that how this goes?)

Anyway, I'm off..
 

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Ok im confused. If you slowly step on the acelerator won't you be going slow? Sorry im really confuesed about this
 

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o for the love of god! maybe you should've got an automatic. while pressing on the accelerator at the same time release the clutch at the same time. if you slam on the accelerator and dump the clutch you will just spin the tires. just practice of what you think you should do in an empty parking lot. practice makes perfect.
 

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You gotta go slow before you can go fast... You are wanting to dump the clutch and go for the glory. This isn't the best way for a quick acceleration. Many will tell you to 'feather'(sp?) the clutch so you dont get wheel spin and therefore improve results.

I drive an automatic now but what I did when I was learning my old car and manual transmission was: I would do lots of stop and go's in an empty parking lot. Put the car in first and PRACTICE starting smoothly. once you get familar with your clutch and engine you can then continue PRACTICING accelerating at differnt rmps and such.

I think you were looking for some secret method that only certain people know, but when it all comes down to it, it's being comfortable with your car and PRACTICING.

Unless I am wrong.
 

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It seems that everyone is telling you to practice, but you are looking for an easier way out.....

No guide can teach you as much as an hour of practicing will, if "practice", is too much for ya, ill give you my automatic, you gimme ur stick, and we'll both be happy =0)
 

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i think he's talking about in a race situation...

but guy listen to everyone and practice... lord just practice!!!!!
 

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The secret to great reaction times.

Before you go to the track, don't masturbate for a whole week.
 

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LOL, I was confused for a second--this thread IS two years old. Either way, Drag racing shouldn't even be coming out of your mouth if yu can barely drive your car. Secondly, street racing=dumb. We've all have heard enough kill stories to last a lifetime.

...Wonder what ever happened to the starter of this thread?
 
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