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Old 09-20-2004, 02:20 AM   #1
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Teaching a friend how to drive a Manual 5-speed...

My buddy just picked up a 2004 WRX 5-speed and needs some help with his manual driving skills...what do you guys suggest I do to help him learn the right way so he doesn't money-shift like Dieselboy did?

And what are those websites that show you the proper way of holding the shift knob, feet placement, etc?
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Old 09-20-2004, 02:24 AM   #2
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Heres the site...

http://www.shortshifter.com/techniques2.htm

Ohh and when I was learning manual...I rented a car for a day, and beat the **** out of that, and I got the hang of it...
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Old 09-20-2004, 02:25 AM   #3
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My buddy just picked up a 2004 WRX 5-speed and needs some help with his manual driving skills...what do you guys suggest I do to help him learn the right way so he doesn't money-shift like Dieselboy did?

And what are those websites that show you the proper way of holding the shift knob, feet placement, etc?
YOu should ask him to ask Dieselboy how he learned to drive stick, then tell your buddy to do the complete opposite.
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Old 09-20-2004, 02:28 AM   #4
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YOu should ask him to ask Dieselboy how he learned to drive stick, then tell your buddy to do the complete opposite.


Don't try to teach him how to down shift. Just tell him clutch in, brake in and coast.

The hardest thing is just starting from a stop. It was for me at least.
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Old 09-20-2004, 02:30 AM   #5
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For now only teach him what he will HAVE to use.....don't even mention anything in the order of Heel-Toe or Ball-Edge....it will just confuse him.....Just teach him how to go and up-shift
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Old 09-20-2004, 02:33 AM   #6
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YOu should ask him to ask Dieselboy how he learned to drive stick, then tell your buddy to do the complete opposite.


Thanks guys keep 'em coming..
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Old 09-20-2004, 02:38 AM   #7
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I don't know how it is on a WRX but i assume the car will engage and run without even using the gas (this is how it is on my e46). This is by far the easiest way to get a feel for the clutch. Only use the clutch, and let it out slowly until the car starts rolling, doing this you will be able to find the engage point and from then start fiddling with the clutch and gas pedal. Also try learning barefoot, i think it is easy to learn that way, becuase you can get a better feel of the clutch. This is my biased opinion.
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Old 09-20-2004, 03:11 AM   #8
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Tell him to keep thinking about driving all day so he can dream about driving all night. Well..... it's what I did before I ever drove a manual, I kept dreaming about driving one at night, so when I got a chance to drive one, I just hopped in and went on my merry way (it was exactly like I dreamed). Lol.
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Old 09-20-2004, 03:29 AM   #9
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I don't know how it is on a WRX but i assume the car will engage and run without even using the gas (this is how it is on my e46). This is by far the easiest way to get a feel for the clutch. Only use the clutch, and let it out slowly until the car starts rolling, doing this you will be able to find the engage point and from then start fiddling with the clutch and gas pedal. Also try learning barefoot, i think it is easy to learn that way, becuase you can get a better feel of the clutch. This is my biased opinion.
But a good opinion none the less
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Old 09-20-2004, 04:12 AM   #10
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Stay away from launching uphill.
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Old 09-20-2004, 06:21 AM   #11
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Stay away from launching uphill.

actually, that's probably the best way to teach someone to drive stick. if they can master that, then they can tackle any stick driving situation.
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Old 09-20-2004, 06:27 AM   #12
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actually, that's probably the best way to teach someone to drive stick. if they can master that, then they can tackle any stick driving situation.
Don't throw a stick newbie onto a hill. That's just a bad idea.
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Old 09-20-2004, 06:59 AM   #13
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Don't throw a stick newbie onto a hill. That's just a bad idea.

naa. it's the best idea. discourage the ones that aren't that serious about learning, and challenge the ones that are committed...
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Old 09-20-2004, 12:59 PM   #14
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haha that reminds me of my friend's experience with driving stick. his uncle took him to the base of a huge hill in socal and got out, put him in the drivers seat and said 'DRIVE!" took a while, but he learned it. i'm ashamed to say i still dont know how to drive stick and i'm 25...many friends have offered, but not with their cars of course...none of my friends had beaters that were manual that they would offer! Gotta go rent a car and give it a shot sometime...
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Old 09-20-2004, 01:04 PM   #15
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try using the ebrake on the hill.
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Old 09-20-2004, 01:29 PM   #16
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I find one the best aides in learning how to drive a stick is first and foremost, understanding exactly what the hell it is you are doing: what the clutch does, how the gears work, why you downshift, why you upshift, and so on...

You would be surprised at how many people out there drive a stick, but in actually have no idea why they are doing what they are doing.

So, two things to read:
1. www.howstuffworks.com Search the articles on "manual transmission" and "clutches." All kinds of pretty pictures and stuff - anyone can learn from this stuff.

2. I don't remember the exact site, but if you go to www.ask.com, search "drive manual transmission" The first, and best article that comes up is one from a site called 10w40.com or something like that. Basically, "Driving a Stick for Dummies"
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Old 09-20-2004, 01:41 PM   #17
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the new girl i just met drives 5spd.. i let her drive my bmw, sexy girl + sexy car = heaven
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naa. it's the best idea. discourage the ones that aren't that serious about learning, and challenge the ones that are committed...
Or it discourages the ones that are actually committed....Thats like telling someone to learn Calc before they even know algebra.....
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Old 09-20-2004, 02:21 PM   #19
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When teaching someone to drive stick I usually attempt to encourage them by telling them by saying "Go back to your automatic you pansie!"
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When teaching someone to drive stick I usually attempt to encourage them by telling them by saying "Go back to your automatic you pansie!"
You mean "pansy"
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