6 speed shifting

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  1. Teaforone

    Teaforone Light Load Member

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    So, as luck would have it, a guy in my town has offered me a job driving a straight truck with a 6 speed manual transmission. I have driven a 9 speed,regular 10, super 10, and even once in driving school a 13 speed tractor trailer, but I have never driven a 6 speed. Can anyone give me some pointers on driving this transmission? Do I just transfer my knowlege of the other transmissions to the 6?
     
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  3. wwfd1220

    wwfd1220 Light Load Member

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    anytime i have driven a straight truck i have usually just shifted it like i would a pick up truck.... i have tried double clutching on those things but they do not seem to like it.... also, i find it easy to float gears on starights as well.
     
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  4. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

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    My (admitted limited) experience with a 6 speed is the same as wwfd. Shift like a pickup truck transmission.
     
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  5. Shep Shiloh

    Shep Shiloh Medium Load Member

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    Chances are the gears have syncros so, like the others have said, just shift it like you would a car tranny.
     
  6. Truck Driver

    Truck Driver Medium Load Member

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    Straight trucks are syncronised. You can shift it like you shift a car. You can float it too but you'll wear out the syncronizers. once you do that, you'll need to float it.
     
  7. Rat

    Rat Road Train Member

    Trying to float them becomes a pain because of the greater change is rpm between each gear. It is best to clutch it like a car or pickup.
     
  8. rockee

    rockee Road Train Member

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    It could be either or, depends on who set the truck up. It dosent matter weather its a straight truck or not. Try it one way then try it the other, you'll have your answer right there
     
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