Can’t shift smoothly

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I am a newer stick driver and here are two things that I notice really improve my shifting ability:

1) thin shoes. When I wear my regular Nike's, I get less feel in clutch engagement. When I wear my thin running Nike's, I feel the clutch better and it honestly really lets me respond quicker/better.

2) The Steeda clutch spring did make a difference to me. The clutch lets you feel it more with this, and that helped me too.

I have been driving a manual for about 1.5 years now. I am still learning new things that help all the time. I feel like I still have a long ways to go before I really understand it all.





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Don't overthink it. Just drive it, and it will come naturally.......
 

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If you are wanting to shift fast driving normal its pointless 3k rpms and below use 1 Mississippi between clutch press and then shift anything about 3500 rpm shift it fast as you want it will be smooth at 7k I promise.
 

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I am a newer stick driver and here are two things that I notice really improve my shifting ability:

1) thin shoes. When I wear my regular Nike's, I get less feel in clutch engagement. When I wear my thin running Nike's, I feel the clutch better and it honestly really lets me respond quicker/better.

2) The Steeda clutch spring did make a difference to me. The clutch lets you feel it more with this, and that helped me too.

I have been driving a manual for about 1.5 years now. I am still learning new things that help all the time. I feel like I still have a long ways to go before I really understand it all.
Point two was huge for me. And I’m an experienced manual driver but even so when I got the car I haaated the stock feel of the clutch. Soft and springy compared to the calf muscle cramping stuff clutches I liked in the Fox Bodies and SN95’s.

That Steeda spring was a saver for me. Once I got it in there it made a world of difference in pedal feel.
 

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Point two was huge for me. And I’m an experienced manual driver but even so when I got the car I haaated the stock feel of the clutch. Soft and springy compared to the calf muscle cramping stuff clutches I liked in the Fox Bodies and SN95’s.

That Steeda spring was a saver for me. Once I got it in there it made a world of difference in pedal feel.
I removed the stock spring and didn't replace it with anything. The clutch feels good and the pedal isn't stiff at all to me. I'm not sure why more people aren't just going this route instead of installing another clutch spring. Be interested to hear others opinions about this.
 

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Could be worse. You could get to the point where you are shifting smoothly, but then you make a couple changes to the car and all the sudden you can't shift for shit. I have a base GT, and just swapped the rear end to a 3.73 torsen. But my new tune hasn't come in yet because of coronavirus. Torque management killed me on the drive home tonight by cutting power, but the surprising part of it was that it affected the rev hang as well. There were times at higher rpms that it was there when it hadn't been before, and times at lower rpms when it wasn't there and had been before. Damn computers.
 

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I removed the stock spring and didn't replace it with anything. The clutch feels good and the pedal isn't stiff at all to me. I'm not sure why more people aren't just going this route instead of installing another clutch spring. Be interested to hear others opinions about this.
Right after I got my car and was reading up on why the pedal feel sucked I saw people mentioning doing that and enough chimed in about the pedal not returning to normal positioning and/or the slave cylinder potentially leaking that I figured I’d go Steeda first and if I didn’t like that then I’d chance the issues of removing it.
 

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I removed the stock spring and didn't replace it with anything. The clutch feels good and the pedal isn't stiff at all to me. I'm not sure why more people aren't just going this route instead of installing another clutch spring. Be interested to hear others opinions about this.
That kills your slave over time, and it's a bit too hefty of a workout for most people
 

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That kills your slave over time, and it's a bit too hefty of a workout for most people
My clutch pedal with the RST clutch without a spring barely feels any stiffer than the factory clutch without the spring. I don't see how it'll kill the slave. What's not good for the slave is constantly keeping it engaged like sitting at a stoplight, which I don't do. If I can put the car in neutral, I do it.
 

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My clutch pedal with the RST clutch without a spring barely feels any stiffer than the factory clutch without the spring. I don't see how it'll kill the slave. What's not good for the slave is constantly keeping it engaged like sitting at a stoplight, which I don't do. If I can put the car in neutral, I do it.
Supposedly it's because the pedal never returns to the top of the arc. It has a circular travel arc, and with no spring to hold it in the release position, it just applies very slight pressure on the slave at all times from gravity. At least that's what Steeda claims.
 

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1) thin shoes. When I wear my regular Nike's, I get less feel in clutch engagement. When I wear my thin running Nike's, I feel the clutch better and it honestly really lets me respond quicker/better..
Wearing shoes with thin flexible soles helps feel on all three pedals.


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