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Old 05-13-2011, 10:25 AM   #21
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:30 AM   #22
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The 948cc engine with a 5 speed transmission sounds like it could have been quite economical.
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:14 AM   #23
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$3.98...that's $40 every two weeks for me.
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:35 AM   #24
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The 948cc engine with a 5 speed transmission sounds like it could have been quite economical.
your counting reverse gear in your five, the moggy I had was a saloon the wood trimmed estate was a bit rare even then although my Mum's hairdresser Nelly had one,Nelly got her licence in the 40's before they invented the driving test, she never used the indicators which were little yellow arms that shot up out of its sides.
Ps you had to double de-clutch to run smoothly down the box as the synchromesh was poor.
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:51 AM   #25
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My 2,457 cc Subaru Forester downshifts into 3rd, 2nd, and 1st more smoothly if I double clutch. Can't get much better than 30 mpg.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:17 PM   #26
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My 2,457 cc Subaru Forester downshifts into 3rd, 2nd, and 1st more smoothly if I double clutch. Can't get much better than 30 mpg.
I drove a standard for years and have heard of double clutching, but I have no idea what it means.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:22 PM   #27
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Double clutching is a great way to go from fourth to second in a hurry when approaching a corner fast
Double clutching allows you to skip a gear, even going up. You take it out of gear, let the clutch out, rev the engine, then depress the clutch again and quickly shift it into the gear you want while the revs are still up. It basically allows the engines RPMs to match the gear you want without going through the normal procession of gears. And it smooths things out.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:24 PM   #28
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I drove a standard for years and have heard of double clutching, but I have no idea what it means.

For the past 50 years (at least), manual transmissions have had a feature called synchromesh. This allows you to shift gears without double clutching.

Double clutching involves an extra in and out of the clutch between shifts to get the gears spinning at the same speed so they will mesh together without grinding. This SYNCHROnizes the gear speeds so they MESH easily.
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Tax to change down on a stick shift, put the clutch in move the stick to neutral, release the clutch, blip the throttle to increase the revs, engage the clutch and move the stick to the lower gear, its quite easy and learning how to heel and toe helps
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:30 PM   #30
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and is this double clutching business helpful in normal driving? Should I be doing this? Or only if I'm trying to downshift in a hurry? I've driven a manual for 3 1/2 years now and never done this before.
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