Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: HellPaso, TX - Fort Bliss
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the problem happens when you submerge the tranny and get yourself stuck, then sit there rocking back and forth through gears, using the clutch while shifting trying to get yourself un-stuck.
to shift without the clutch, it is just a feel thing. it takes practice. it's easier to upshift than downshift like this.
you just start out in any gear, while driving, then when you are ready to shift, just pull the shifter out of gear (without pushing the clutch) and gently apply pressure to move into the next higher gear. it will slide in when the rpm's get to the right point. the specific rpm's are different for each gear, but mostly around 3000. let off the gas slightly, just like you would when shifting with the clutch, so that the rpm's drop slowly. just take it nice and easy while you are learning to do it.
you pretty much do everything the same as when shifting with the clutch, you just don't use the clutch.
to downshift, you do it the same way, but you will have to raise the rpm's a bit with the gas pedal while moving the shifter into the lower gear.
there isn't a specific rpm, it is more of a range of about a couple hundred rpm's. it just takes practice to get the feel for it.
it doesn't hurt anything to do it either.
if you stall in water, you can re-start the engine without pushing in the clutch if you are in 4-low. just shift the t-case into 4-low, then put the shifter into 2nd gear (1st works also, but the rpms just jump pretty high real fast) and turn the key without pushing in the clutch. you will have to be ready to hit the brake, or move the shifter into neutral once the engine turns over so that you don't start moving immediately. practice this too while you aren't in a position to really need it (i.e. on dry land), so you know what to expect ahead of time, in case you are forced to do it.
Last edited by mcnaught6; 07-10-2008 at 08:37 AM.