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Old 05-17-2016, 01:19 PM
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Re: Driving new jeep

While in motion, shifting between any gear is insignificant. Starting from a stop in 2 gear will cause excessive slip and premature wear of the clutch. The only time where starting in second will not slip your clutch is if you have extremely low gearing, IE while in low range 4wd. My jk has 513's (gear ratio) and I still do not start in second.

You state you rev up your engine and release clutch to start in second, well you are still slipping your clutch. Do as you want, but the life of the clutch will be greatly reduced.

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After driving her for the past few weeks I've found I always start in first. Second just feels un-natural.
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Re: Driving new jeep

I think the "stay below 55" stuff is all garbage. Drive it normally right off the lot and you'll be fine.

As for never having owned a manual before, they are a lot of fun. I rarely started in 2nd in mine because first is there for a reason. You'll find you can usually skip around from 2nd to 4th or something. The less stress you put on the clutch, the better, so I'd keep starting out in first like you are. Plus, first is the most difficult gear. Once you master that, the rest is cake.
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