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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-04-2005, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Drive a stick? Got a vid camera? Help your fellow 3 owners!

I've noticed that a lot of people on this forum are learning to drive a stick for the first time on a brand new car; namely their new 3.

Since 99% of the complexity involved in driving a stick deals with the footwork, I think it would be very helpful if someone with manual trans and a video camera would do a series of vids showing proper heel/toe technique in various situations (around a corner, downshift to pass), how to downshift to slow down (non-heel/toe), how to down shift to accelerate, etc.


Any takers?

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It's not that simple to just look at feet doing it. I watched my parents drive and honestly when I really got out there watching didn't help at all. You have to feel for the right times to move your feet. There aren't really different shifting techniques while downshifting or upshifting either, shifting is shifting.

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You just gotta get out there and do it. Watching a video won't help at all.


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Re: Drive a stick? Got a vid camera? Help!

[quote author=dioxviad link=topic=28610.msg394317#msg394317 date=1125806753]

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Not quite, I've been lurking for months, but thanks for such an enlightening reply.

[quote author=-KT- link=topic=28610.msg394319#msg394319 date=1125806887]
It's not that simple to just look at feet doing it. I watched my parents drive and honestly when I really got out there watching didn't help at all. You have to feel for the right times to move your feet. There aren't really different shifting techniques while downshifting or upshifting either, shifting is shifting.
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No kidding. I'm not talking techniques per se, like "Flying Dragon Downshift" vs. "Crouching Monkey Downshift". I'm talking about technique; as in proper technique. The right way to do it. Some commentary from the driver would be necessary. Think of it as a ride-along style vid like one you might see on Top Gear, only with the camera in the footwell.

This is obviously not going to be anything more than a tutorial. You're not going to be able to go jump in a car and take off. However, you will know what heel/toe looks like (and why heel/toe is such a misnomer). You will know that you ease the clutch out when rev matching for a downshift, etc.

I expect a lot of "Oooooh, so that's how its done" moments.
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Heel-toe is best left to racing. You should not be using it on the street.


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Re: Drive a stick? Got a vid camera? Help!

youll eventually teach yourself the stuff you want to know.. for normal driving you dont need racing techniques, but thats what makes driving stick so fun

you can do whatever you want..and be relatively safe learning too since the 3s have syncros


try downshifting 1 lower gear in a reasonable rpm range...say 4th to 3rd.. disengage the clutch fully and pop the rpms up a bit and put it in third, youll get used to where the rpms line up eventually
and when you hit that perfect downshift it makes it all worthwile

practice makes perfect and if you eff up thats what syncros are for
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Thanks, but I'm not looking for help or advice for myself. I can drive manual just fine.

I'm talking about creating a tutorial-type video that could be used as a resource for others.
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im sure there are videos on the net explaining the techniques already, i remember one series posted before using a bmw 3 but i cant seem to find it now.


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[quote author=Oricle link=topic=28610.msg394451#msg394451 date=1125819082]... but i cant seem to find it now.[/quote]

Exactly. Trust me, I looked high and low.
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