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Double clutch shifting, what does it entail? #5375887 03/13/20 10:18 PM
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I've heard and read a bit about this shifting technique and how it helps relieve stress/wear on the synchros in a manual transmission. What can you guys tell me about the mechanics of it and its benefits?


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Re: Double clutch shifting, what does it entail? [Re: HyundaiAbuser] #5375897 03/13/20 10:41 PM
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When up shifting go to neutral, let out clutch with no gas, clutch in and shift into higher gear. This slows the syncro's down for the higher gear change.

When down shifting, go to neutral, let out clutch, give it a blip of throttle, clutch as you go into lower gear.

The whole point is to either slow down or speed up the snycro's as you either up shift or down shift matching the syncro speed to the gears you want.


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Re: Double clutch shifting, what does it entail? [Re: HyundaiAbuser] #5375905 03/13/20 10:55 PM
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Double clutching was common on old cars and trucks but I have not had to do it since I got rid of a Chevy 20 3/4 ton pickup with a straight six and 3 on the tree. It would grind trying to get it into gear sometimes or if you ran one gear out to far before shifting. The syncros were never great but as it aged it got worse and you had to double clutch it if you wanted to get it into gear. I have not had a manual transmission since the early 90's that had that kind of problem. Of course old manuals used to go through clutch plates and springs every 15k-20k miles (might have had something to do with the way we drove in high school). Now clutches seem to be life of the car/truck and syncros are light years ahead of what they were.

Re: Double clutch shifting, what does it entail? [Re: HyundaiAbuser] #5375920 03/13/20 11:39 PM
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You would typically double-clutch in downshifting, not so much in upshifting. I assume that you shift smoothly and reasonably slowly when upshifting... i.e. out of the lower gear, then pause a short while in neutral, and then into the next gear. That is easy on the synchromesh parts. AND, you do not grab the shifter with your whole hand-grip... you only motivate the stick with two fingers, in the direction you want it to go in... Let the synchro do its job, and do its job AT IT's PACE.

For double-clutch downshifting typically you kick-in the clutch and take it out of gear, placing it in neutral. Depending on the clutch and/or transmission you may have to only kick-in the clutch half-way (to take the stick out of gear... and to place it into neutral) before you let the clutch out again. So... 1/2 kick of the clutch and place stick into neutral and then release clutch pedal fast.

Now with the clutch pedal NOT pushed, you rev up the car to more or less exactly match the revs you would do when in the lower gear, if it were in that lower gear with clutch out... It is not so much a jab of the accelerator... Rather, you push and hold the accelerator to the right point as described. That takes a bit of practice and judgement on your part. In any case, with the accelerator continually held at the correct (higher) rpm, you decisively push in the clutch fully and really shortly after (or during the clutch-pedal-stroke down) you get into your lower gear on the stick. You are STILL holding the acc. at the correct rpm. Then you let out the clutch, fairly quickly (and indeed, if your rpm is correct, you let it out really quickly)... and there is neither any acceleration of the vehicle, nor any compression-braking of the vehicle... because your rpm is perfect for the roadspeed. You can see that this means very little wear on the synchronizer for that lower gear, and it also means very little wear, actually zero, for the clutch disk, too.

Once you have perfected your double-clutching (A.K.A.double-declutching in much of the world except the USA or Canada) you can see if you want to do "heeling and toe'ing" combined with double-clutching. That is the 'real fun ballet-dancing move on the pedals...


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Re: Double clutch shifting, what does it entail? [Re: HyundaiAbuser] #5375964 03/14/20 03:48 AM
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Heel & Toe is the faster, smoother, more up-to-date technique to allow smooth downshifts in a syncro-box equipped car.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heel-and-toe_shifting


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Originally Posted by Olas
Heel & Toe is the faster, smoother, more up-to-date technique to allow smooth downshifts in a syncro-box equipped car.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heel-and-toe_shifting

Por que no los dos? :]

I do rev-matched double-clutched downshifts when I'm not driving enthusiastically.


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Re: Double clutch shifting, what does it entail? [Re: d00df00d] #5376003 03/14/20 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by d00df00d
Originally Posted by Olas
Heel & Toe is the faster, smoother, more up-to-date technique to allow smooth downshifts in a syncro-box equipped car.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heel-and-toe_shifting

Por que no los dos? :]

I do rev-matched double-clutched downshifts when I'm not driving enthusiastically.



I dont speak Spanish I'm afraid.

Point is, double declutching is useless in a syncro box, you can get the same smooth change in less time with HnT.


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Re: Double clutch shifting, what does it entail? [Re: HyundaiAbuser] #5376016 03/14/20 06:42 AM
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Is floating the gears easier on the trans than double clutching? I know its easier on the clutch as its not used.

I would think double clutching would double the wear on the clutch mechanisms.

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Originally Posted by krismoriah72
Is floating the gears easier on the trans than double clutching? I know its easier on the clutch as its not used.

I would think double clutching would double the wear on the clutch mechanisms.




When you say 'floating the gears' do you mean clutchless gearchange? If you do, then;

If the engine speed is matched to the road speed then the gear will go in with no grinding and no wear. if the engine speed does NOT match the road speed then it will grind and suffer acclelerated wear. clutchless changing is a bit of an art form, once you know what RPMs you need for that roadspeed you only need to use the clutch to pull away from being stopped. just have to match the speeds.


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Re: Double clutch shifting, what does it entail? [Re: HyundaiAbuser] #5376034 03/14/20 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by HyundaiAbuser
I've heard and read a bit about this shifting technique and how it helps relieve stress/wear on the synchros in a manual transmission.


It's more to prevent grinding the gears on a worn out transmission. If it's in good condition and not making noise, there is no need to. Shifting a manual should be a pleasure, doing this is a chore and you will eventually avoid driving it at all.

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If you match engine speed, and transmission speeds carefully, you can actually shift up, or down without even pushing in the clutch. I've driven a couple cars home with after the clutch linkage had fallen off.


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After owning a 1929 Model with no syncro's, you get used to it and the sound upshift without double clutch but downshifts require it since it took awhile for yhat huge flywheel to slow down.


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Unless you own an old vintage car or a Peterbilt, double clutching is unnecessary in cars or trucks built in the last 50 years. I remember back in the day having to double clutch heavy trucks in order to change gears. No other choice, nature of the beast. Nowadays most class 8 trucks are automatics. However It is fun to do on a rural road in an old car on Sunday mornings. cool

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One of my first HPDE instructors told me to practice heel-toe on the street so that it would become second nature on the track. I still do it 100% of the time in my Club Sport- and even in the Wrangler.


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