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Old 05-13-2011, 12:33 PM   #31
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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.
Completely unnecessary with modern manual transmissions.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:36 PM   #32
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I wouldn't say it's useful in "normal" driving. Not with a modern vehicle, because like Andy pointed out, they all have syncromesh transmissions now.
But if you ever need to get somewhere in a hurry and want to approach a corner fast and be able to accelerate out quickly and upshift right away to get back up to speed quickly, double clutching is the way to go.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:38 PM   #33
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I wouldn't say it's useful in "normal" driving. Not with a modern vehicle, because like Andy pointed out, they all have syncromesh transmissions now.
But if you ever need to get somewhere in a hurry and want to approach a corner fast and be able to accelerate out quickly and upshift right away to get back up to speed quickly, double clutching is the way to go.

Is this about physics or law enforcement
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:39 PM   #34
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I wouldn't say it's useful in "normal" driving. Not with a modern vehicle, because like Andy pointed out, they all have syncromesh transmissions now.
But if you ever need to get somewhere in a hurry and want to approach a corner fast and be able to accelerate out quickly and upshift right away to get back up to speed quickly, double clutching is the way to go.

What do you drive?

I drive fairly aggressively (in a safe and responsible way) and have never needed it. I've had American, German and Japanese cars with manual transmissions and never had syncromesh fail to do the job without delay.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:47 PM   #35
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Is this about physics or law enforcement
If the physics is with you, the law enforcement wont be

Andy, what I drive now is a 2011 Ram Sport. It must have been from all those Dodge banner ads because I just bought it a week ago.

What I used to drive the H out of, back in the day, was a '79 Z-28, built. And a Talon quite a bit after that, but I used to drive other vehicles fast, too. Even work trucks. If you've ever downshifted too quickly, even with synchromesh, you know you can lock up the rear tires. Double clutching prevents that.
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Next week we'll teach you how to get up behind someone in a corner, get them loose, and put 'em into the wall.

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Old 05-13-2011, 12:56 PM   #38
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Double-clutching was the way I "rocked and rolled" when I had my '67 MGB Roadster--especially on days like today....SOB, I want my MBG back!!!!
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Next week we'll teach you how to get up behind someone in a corner, get them loose, and put 'em into the wall.

you must have raced go-karts I used to love to outbreak and "pit" the opposition
In the 60's our class 4 had a straight crash g/box so heel and toeing when ddc was required.
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$4.00/gal for 87 here in Western Massachusetts.

My 2006 Nissan Xterra with a 4.0L and 6-SPD Manual gets about 21 MPG.

Our (My Wife's) 2010 Toyota Prius is averaging 50.3 MPG.

We drive the little blue electric razor quite often nowadays...
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