Recommend Starting in 1st from 0mph
In most cases when the car is moving a significant speed, you can go from 2nd to 5th provided you wait for the engine to slow down enough. Ex: when you hit 3200 rpm in 2nd, but are accelerating slowly, then you exit 2nd gear, wait 1/4sec or until the engine slows down to 1500, then enter 5th.
The whole issue is when your engine is moving at a rpm level where 5thgear would be operating anyway, you're not putting a whole lot of pressure on the clutch as going from 4th to 5th would result in the same force.
Now starting in 2nd from a dead stop is slightly different. When the car is not moving, you can't reduce the force applied on the clutch. Once the car is rolling, 2nd gear starts don't add significant pressure provided you would already be rolling at that speed in 2nd.
I guess a good rule of thumb is that of you need to rev up significantly in other to get the clutch to accept without stalling, then you're burning clutch. I have always skipped gears in every car I've owned. The key is to exit/enter gears smoothly and at a apeed where there isn't much of a jerk when releasing the clutch.
I go 1-3-5, or when rolling 2-5, or 2-3-6 just as soon as I reach cruising speed
Last edited by Mr Brownstone; 01-09-2013 at 09:32 PM.
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